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Residents are invited Thursday to a meeting about how to apply for National Historic District designation for a portion of the Manree Park neighborhood.

If successful, the area will be known as the Orchard Street National Historic Area and will count some 51 properties in the district, though only 47 will be considered contributing properties.

Joe DeRose from the Wisconsin Historical Society and Rowan Davidson from Legacy Architecture in January 2015 made a presentation to a group of about 30 residents the results of a study they’d done of the area to determine its historic worthiness.

Historic designation is an honorific title to identify significant properties and neighborhoods that might be associated with historically important people, events, architectural style or any combination of the three. The overarching rule is that walking in an historic district should feel like stepping back in time.

During the meeting, residents will learn about how to apply for historic designation and city officials will find out how much support there is for the nomination process.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the gym at Goodland Elementary, 4800 Graceland Blvd.