Historic preservation is important to community development as well as architectural history. Cooperative Extension's efforts in the historic mining town of St. Elmo are described, focusing on the tools used in the project. A book was produced that was donated to and sold by the local property owners association to raise matching money for a preservation grant proposal. A coordinated effort between Cooperative Extension and community members to write a grant was rewarded with funding to restore the historic town hall. These efforts should result in the preservation of historically significant buildings and an increase in tourism.

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