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SIOUX CITY -- What do a temperance minister, downtown movie houses and bar stools have in common?

They're all part of the eighth annual Historic Preservation Week, which runs from Saturday to May 12. This year's theme is "Sioux City - It All Started Downtown."

"We decided to focus on downtown this year, not only because of the historic buildings that are there, but because of the important role the downtown played in the city's growth," said Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Jim Jung.

Although many buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s have been demolished, others remain and have been restored, Jung said.

"Our goal is to keep what we have and let people know why it's still important to have them," Jung said.

Activities start at 11 a.m. Saturday with the fourth annual Sioux City Barstool Open, a mini-golf pub crawl. Nine golf holes are at Historic Fourth Street bars and restaurants.Teams of four will play the course for $50 per team.

Registration is required by filling out a form in the Weekender Magazine or by contacting Phil Clayes for more information at 712-277-4226. The registration deadline is Monday.

Other activities include:

May 6, 1-4 p.m.: View the exterior of historic homes in The Heights neighborhood west of Grandview Park. Stop at the Rose Garden, near 25th and McDonald streets, to pick up a map. Cost is $10 and benefits SiouxLandmark, a nonprofit historic preservation organization.

May 7, 4 p.m.: Mayor Bob Scott will read a proclamation for Historic Preservation Week at City Hall, 405 Sixth St.

May 8, 6 p.m.: Paula Mohr from the State Historical Society of Iowa to show pictures and talk about Iowa's historic theaters, including Sioux City's Orpheum and Princess, at the Sioux City Public Museum, 607 Fourth St. Free.

May 9, 7:30 a.m.: Donovan Rypkema to give the keynote address at the city's Business for Breakfast event at the Orpheum Theatre, 520 Pierce St. Rypkema, a principal with PlaceEconomics in Washington, D.C., will speak about downtown revitalization and preservation. Free. Email awestra@sioux-city.org to register.

May 10, 3 p.m.: City officials will lead a walking tour of the Historic Pearl District, starting at the northwest corner of Third and Water streets. Among the points of interest will be where temperance pastor the Rev. George Haddock was assassinated in 1886. Cost: free.

May 11, 10 a.m.: At City Hall, Scott will present the "Century Award," which recognizes the owner of a property more than 100 years old who is helping to preserve downtown.

May 11, noon: Sioux City Public Museum hosts a program on historic downtown and photographs. Free. Take your own lunch.

May 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: National Train Day at the Siouxland Historic Railroad District, 3400 Sioux River Road. Railroad historian and author Rudy Daniels will give the keynote address at 2 p.m. Free. Call 712-233-6996 for more information.

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