JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Several people this summer will work on making the Home Ice Building in Downtown Jonesboro a historic site.
Last year the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program said the Home Ice Company on 700 Cate Avenue is eligible for to be on the National Register of Historic Places.
The next step to officially be consider a historic place is to submit a full nomination to the national register.
Graduate students in the Heritage Studies doctoral program and History Department of Arkansas State University will work with assistant professor Dr. Ed Salo to complete the packet.
Salo said students study two different aspects of the building to complete the submission.
He said they will create an architectural description of the building and then complete the history as well.
"This was the perfect opportunity for our students to be able to help them prepare the National Register nomination for the Ice House," Salo said.
Salo said after the students complete the history they will turn the packet over to the owner of the building who will then start the process of getting the national register to review it.
"The state review board will review it and determine if it can go to the National Register office in Washington and they make sure everything is fine and then it is written in the National Register of Historic Places," Salo said.
Salo said it is important to tell the history of the building and places around us, especially some that may get lost along the way.
"Our history is all around us and it is from houses for workers to places where people work to parks to all aspects and people think too much a lot of times on the big homes, which are great but all these other stories need to be told too," Salo said.
Salo is excited to start the project and really learn the history behind the Home Ice Building and how it impacted Jonesboro.
"There are some great stories of the people who worked at the ice house and the city and other things like people's memories so it is an important aspect of the industrial history of the town," Salo said.
Dr. Gregory Hansen will also assist in this summer project who said he is excited to see the history as well.
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