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Photo provided by Angela deGravelles -- Attending a preservation leadership meeting Dec. 10 at the Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge were, front from left, Claire Major, Nicole Hobson Morrison and Fairleigh Cook Jackson; and back, Dr. Florent Hardy Jr., Sherry McInnis, Pat Duncan, Walter Gallas, Ray Scriber, Sandra Stokes and Jessica Richardson.

Leaders of Louisiana preservation groups gathered at the Old Governor’s Mansion on Dec. 10 to coordinate preservation and historical activities during the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, a news release said.

In attendance were Dr. Florent Hardy Jr., Louisiana state archivist; Sherry McInnis, administrative assistant for the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation; Pat Duncan, Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Directors; Walter Gallas, executive director of the Louisiana Landmarks Society; Ray Scriber, Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office; Sandra Stokes, Foundation for Historical Louisiana and Louisiana Landmarks Society Board of Directors; Jessica Richardson, National Register coordinator for the State Historic Preservation Office; Claire Major, Foundation for Historical Louisiana Board of Directors; Nicole Hobson Morrison, executive director of the State Historic Preservation Office; and Fairleigh Cook Jackson, executive director of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana.

Attending via call-in was Patty Gay, executive director of the Preservation Resource Center.

Leaders met recently to prepare a statewide calendar of preservation education activities for 2016 and called on the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation to assist in creating information on Louisiana’s accomplishments in that 50-year period, the release said.

“Louisiana is a unique place where preservation has meant many successes in the past, yet our future brings distinct challenges as we engage new generations and work to preserve our fragile coastal communities,” said Fairleigh Cook Jackson, executive director of The Foundation for Historical Louisiana.

For information on the National Historic Preservation Act and the anniversary celebration, go to