Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Melba Widmer


The purpose of this study is to explore the preservation efforts and effects of Historic Preservation Commissions on Midwest communities. A secondary goal is to explore the awareness and relevance of Historic Preservation Commissions. Questionnaires were used to study the process in which communities both with and without Historic Preservation Commissions implement preservation efforts. The case study approach was used to research the preservation efforts of selected sites.

Of the eight communities that responded to the questionnaire, the four with a commission expressed that they have experienced numerous benefits including stabilized property values, increased tourism, recognition of historic districts and properties, and participation in educational programs. F our of the cities studied have experienced a loss of historic structures and have found that a commission helps to safeguard remaining historic properties. An increase in overall awareness of historic preservation and community support is necessary.

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University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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