2018-02-11 / Insight

Heart Bomb

Share the love of Lapeer’s historic buildings with ‘Heart Bomb’ event
BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com


Dagwood Blondies owner and chairperson of the DDA Promotions and Marketing Committee, Samantha Dionne, demonstrates a "heart bomb" in front of historic Marguerite deAngeli Library in downtown Lapeer. On Saturday, Feb. 17 the public is invited to show their love of historic buildings by bringing all manner of hearts to the library. 
Photo by Nicholas Pugliese Dagwood Blondies owner and chairperson of the DDA Promotions and Marketing Committee, Samantha Dionne, demonstrates a "heart bomb" in front of historic Marguerite deAngeli Library in downtown Lapeer. On Saturday, Feb. 17 the public is invited to show their love of historic buildings by bringing all manner of hearts to the library. Photo by Nicholas Pugliese LAPEER — While people across Lapeer County celebrate Valentine’s Day, love will be in the air, and the Lapeer Main Street Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is inviting the public to share a little bit of that love for Lapeer’s historic buildings.

On Saturday, Feb. 17, the DDA is inviting members of the community, residents, business owners, friends, family and neighbors to come out to “heart bomb” the Marguerite deAngeli branch of the Lapeer District Library and share their appreciation of their hometown by taking part in a statewide photo campaign called Heart Bomb for Historic Preservation. The photo will take place at 1 p.m. on the north side of the Library, facing Nepessing Street.

According to Lapeer DDA Director James Alt, the photo campaign is part of a statewide initiative being put together by Michigan Young Preservation, a group that enhances the capacity of youth, young professionals, and the young at heart to preserve Michigan’s historic places. The photos will also be shared to the National Trust as part of their national campaign.

Supporting and participating in the event is easy and open to everyone, said Alt. “Simply make some hearts out of construction paper, poster board, or any material that you have,” he said. Participants will arrive at the deAngeli Library no later than 1 p.m. on Feb. 17. A variety of photos will be taken of the event and shared on social media in addition to being submitted to the National Trust.

According to Alt, the event “is a really great idea that the Young Preservation has come up with, and a great way to showcase one of our historic buildings and bring the community together.”

Alt said that expressing love for historic buildings in the downtown area could grow into a yearly community activity.

“I would love to see this become a program that we revisit each year highlighting a different historic building in our district,” he said. “I would love to see the community get creative with their hearts and really show their love for libraries and historic buildings in general.” Of course, signs should be appropriate for a family-friendly event, he added.

The Lapeer Main Street Promotion and Marketing committee, comprised of 10 downtown area business owners and volunteers and chaired by Dagwood Blondies owner Samantha Dionne, decided to highlight the deAngeli branch because of its great history. The library was built with the combination of funds from the Carnegie Foundation and the citizens of Lapeer. Opening in 1923, Lapeer’s Marguerite deAngeli Library was one of the last Carnegie Libraries built. “The reason we decided to take it on is to bring some attention to historical buildings like the library,” Dionne said. “It’s a great and easy way to bring some publicity to our downtown and highlight its great history.”

After the event, the library will host a rock painting activity at 1:30 p.m. for families. “Before and after the event is also a great time to visit the downtown and take part in the current Lapeer Rewards program,” said Alt. Participants are reminded to dress for the elements. Questions can be directed to james@lapeerdda.com or for more information follow Downtown Lapeer on Facebook.

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