South Dakota has more than 6,700 buildings, structures, objects and sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Their historical and aesthetic value is easily understood, but is there any economic value to historic preservation? A recent study conducted by Rutgers University in collaboration with the State Historic Preservation Office of the South Dakota State Historical Society finds that it there are multi-million dollar economic and tax gains from historic preservation in the state.
Some details and examples are outlined in Putting History to Work airing this evening at 8:30 CT/7:30 MT on SDPB1 Television. Ted Spencer, director of the State Historic Preservation Office, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the economic value of historical preservation