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History buffs kick off NeighborWorks Week

Posted by: Hannah Paczkowski

It's time to get out the walking shoes and celebrate National NeighborWorks Week.

"This year we're focusing more on our community engagement," NeighborWorks community builder Pat Anderson said.

NeighborWorks is a national organization that creates neighborhood change and awareness throughout communities with local projects like repairing homes and conducting neighborhood tours. Sunday, history buffs took a journey through time as they toured the Hartley neighborhood.

"People invite folks into their neighborhood and share and you also sometimes aren't sure if you're on your own, are you welcome? But you always know when it's a group," city historic preservation planner Ed Zimmer said.

Zimmer taught Sunday's group about the history of the Hartley neighborhood. For instance, it was named after E.T. Hartley, Lincoln schools' superintendent in the 1880's.

That was just one event of several for NeighborWorks Week. Wednesday is the opening day of a farmer's market on 48th and Madison. Saturday at 8 a.m., a fun run will kick off a day of games, fishing, a car show and a family swim at Air Park. Sunday, the week will close with a tour of Woods Park.

Zimmer said these activities help build awareness of the communities in Lincoln.

"It gives you a more sense of grounding, helps to kind of know where you are and helps you know who you are," he said.

For more information, go to http://nwlincoln.org/

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