PITTSBURG — From aging signage to old documents the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office will begin research on Pittsburg’s history thanks to a grant.

The City of Pittsburg was awarded a $16,000 Kansas Historic Preservation Fund Grant from the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office. Pittsburg was one of seven Kansas communities to receive a SHPO grant this year.

The grant funds will be used to hire a consultant who specializes in historic preservation to research some of the oldest Broadway-facing buildings downtown. The research will begin in the fall and at the end of the project, the city will have a formal report which will provide a detailed history for several downtown buildings.

There has been an increased interest in historical preservation, such as the Colonial Fox Theatre and Block 22, City of Pittsburg Assistant City Planner Brittan Brenner said. Knowing the history of more of the building could help preserve more buildings, she said.

“The report will remind us where we come from and help us remember the staples that allowed our city to continue all of these decades,” she said.

To help make this possible, volunteers on the Pittsburg Downtown Advisory Board and the downtown Marketing/Events and Infrastructure committees will engage the community through public outreach efforts. Brenner said area residents are welcomed to get involved and participate in the research process. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact her at 620-240-5190.

As the project goes along, the city plans to host mini events to show some of the findings. When the report is finished the research will be shared during a public presentation, will be accessible online and hard copies will be printed. The project will be tentatively complete by May 2020.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.