Wednesday, the Moss-Bradley Residential Association presented a written plea by actress Diane Keaton to preserve local buildings. Organizer Tom Dries says Keaton will also auction a copy of her recent book to raise money for the cause.
Dries says its a great step to get people passionate about saving local pieces of history.
"I think its a positive evening and think it we take it in this way, we can revisit it and make things happen. I mean Peoria's, it's important. And it goes back hundreds of years. And we have to protect it," he said.
Also, representatives for Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg announced the launch of a new historical preservation arts program. Classes will start this spring, and it was partly inspired by the historical homes in Peoria.