Wednesday 27 August 2014
 

Surf chosen for historic registry

 

    The Surf Ballroom & Museum has announced that the historic venue has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
    The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, and is the Country’s official list of United

States historic sites considered “worthy of preservation.” A property’s addition to the Register honors it by recognizing their importance to the community, state, or the nation.
    “Those of us in North Iowa have long felt that the Surf is truly a National treasure. This designation has validated our beliefs and we are incredibly proud to be listed,” explained Jeff Nicholas, president of the North Iowa Cultural Center & Museum at 460 North Shore Drive.
    Specifically cited in the application was the Surf’s association with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of history, as well as its association with the lives of a person or persons significant in our past.  These are both criteria needed to be considered significant at the local and national levels.
    “Buddy Holly’s legacy has become intimately connected to the Surf Ballroom as his final performance venue,” stated Alexa McDowell of AKAY Consulting.  “This connection shines brightest each February during the Winter Dance Party held at the Surf, when fans from around the world gather to celebrate the musical achievements of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P Richardson and their contributions to the history of Rock ‘n Roll.” McDowell represented the Surf during the nomination process and was responsible for the research and submission of their case to the National Register.
    The Surf Ballroom was also eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places because of significance in its- Read More Via e-Edition