May is National Preservation Month

Activities highlight the City's historic preservation programs
Nelson Hardware Building ca. 1900

Nelson Hardware Building ca. 1900

Preservation Month was created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities.

Round Rock’s historic preservation programs will use this month-long opportunity to showcase how we celebrate and save historic places. We hope this is an opportunity to engage our current supporters and introduce new audiences to the work we’re doing to enrich and preserve the places that make our community special. Throughout May, the City of Round Rock invites you to participate in activities to celebrate the City’s history and historic resources.

May 2: The Williamson Museum presents Pioneer Day in Old Settlers Park

Step back in time and experience the pioneer life amid the restored cabins of Old Settlers Park. Play tug-of-war, churn butter, attend a pioneer school and more at this free family event.

May 7:  Daytripper premier screening at Prete Plaza

PBS travel show The Daytripper has completed an episode about Round Rock! While you see its premier at Prete Plaza, learn about the City’s Local Legends program and nominate your favorite Local Legend!

May 16:  “Preservation Minutes” at the Ferris Bueller drive in movie

Short videos about Round Rock’s history and historic preservation program will be shown before the feature presentation. Come early! Preservation Minutes will also be shown in rotation all month on the City’s cable channel.

May 18-24:  Historic Preservation Social Media Blitz

We will be posting photos of historic landmarks all month on Instagram. Share your pictures of historical Round Rock or other old photographs: #historicalroundrock #presmonth

May 27:  Kids activities during Music on Main series in Prete Plaza

Stop by the table in the plaza sponsored by the City’s Historic Preservation Program. We will have activity sheets for children of all ages. Some of the artists’ creations will be chosen for display on a temporary banner in City Hall.

Please share your photos and spread the word! The official hashtag for Preservation Month is #presmonth. For the City’s preservation program, use #historicalroundrock. 

For more information about the City’s historic preservation programs and activities in Round Rock, contact Joelle Jordan, Planning and Development Services, at 512-218-5422 or

For more information about National Preservation Month visit The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.

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