Posted Monday, March 29th, 2010

The Morris County Heritage Commission, the Trust for Historic Preservation, the Morris County Historical Society and the Morris County Tourism Bureau are seeking nominations for the 2010 list of the 10 Most Endangered Sites in Morris County.

“The annual list helps to raise public interest and awareness of the sites, and often sparks efforts to protect the historic places that give each of our towns its distinctive character,” said Peg Shultz, Heritage Commission archivist.

Citizens, groups and organizations are encouraged to nominate sites for consideration, and to provide information about the range of threats the sites face.
Threat conditions under which an historic site may be nominated include the lack of a local ordinance; inappropriate zoning; lack of funding; vandalism; neglect; development; degradation of context; and lack of recognition.

“Each year, some sites are saved, some are lost and others remain on the list,” Shultz said.

Eligible endangered sites are not limited to buildings and may include properties such as cemeteries, Shultz said. Only Morris County properties may be nominated.

Photographs are required and digital images on CD-ROM are preferred. If photos are e-mailed, the individual photo files must be 56kb or smaller. Photographic prints will not be returned.

Nomination forms are available on the Heritage Commission Web site, and by contacting the Morris County Tourism Bureau at [email protected] or by calling (973) 631-5151. Completed forms may also be mailed to Morris County Tourism Bureau, 6 Court Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.

Nominations must be received by the Tourism Bureau via mail or email by 5 p.m. April 30.