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Updated: 6/09/2014 10:04 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — With homes nearly a hundred years old, Tupelo's Highland Circle neighborhood landed itself on the National Historic Registry just a few years ago.

"A lot of people don't realize that we do have such an interesting, beautiful and historical neighborhood here in Tupelo," Highland Circle resident Bruce Smith said.

It didn't get to where it is now without people there to preserve it.

"They're our physical links to the past and they tell that story in a beautiful way," Mississippi Heritage Trust Executive Director Lolly Barnes said. "So, they're worth saving."

The Trust took a tour of Highland Circle Sunday.

The tour was the first event in a three-day conference.

"It'll be good for people to see what we do have here," Mississippi Heritage Trust member Doyce Deas said.

At every conference, the Trust aims to educate communities on why it's important to preserve.

"Without [the Trust,] our state would be a much more poor place to live in," Smith said.

This year's conference is a little different others.

Not just because it is the first time it's been held in Tupelo, but because of the fact that portions of the city are still damaged from April's tornado.

The Trust wants the conference to inspire the city to continue to fight for their landmarks they could have lost.

"Historic preservation is all about building strong communities, building places where people want to stay and raise their families," Barnes said.
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