In this episode, Deb and Kimberli share their experiences working in the historic preservation program for the City of Salem, where Kimberli is the current Historic Preservation Officer. Deb staffed the Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) until her recent retirement.
One of the favorite projects overseen by the HLC is the restoration of the Freight/Baggage Depot at the Salem Railroad/Amtrak Station. This is the last surviving building from the earlier station and had been threatening loss by decay until a private benefactor stepped up to provide a major portion of the funds for its renovation. The Greyhound Bus terminal has relocated to this site from the downtown area, returning the property to its former importance as a hub for transportation in the Salem community.