Boston's Pride Parade celebrates legacy of Stonewall Riots

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's annual Pride Parade is marking a seminal event in the LGBTQ rights movement: the Stonewall Riots of 1969.

Organizers say Saturday's theme of "Looking Back, Loving Forward " is meant to reflect the strides the gay community has made in the 50 years since the New York City demonstrations and to "acknowledge the struggles that still lie ahead."

The parade steps off at noon from Copley Square with more than 300 organizations expected to participate. It ends at City Hall Plaza, where there will be a festival and concert.

"American Idol" semifinalist and Broadway performer Todrick Hall is headlining. Singers Robin S. and Beth Sacks are also performing.

Saturday's events cap a week of celebrations that started with the raising of a rainbow flag at Boston City Hall May 31.

Indiana agency seeks public input on historic preservation

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology is conducting an online survey to gather public input regarding upcoming projects and initiatives.

It says its Cultural Resources Management Plan is a comprehensive state plan that guides local preservationists, state officials and others in their efforts to preserve Indiana's heritage resources including historic downtowns and neighborhoods, bridges, cemeteries, schools, round barns and other rural sites, theaters and archaeological sites. The agency is currently revising its plan for 2020-2026.

People can access the survey online at https://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/10147.htm . Those without internet access can connect to the survey at any public library, or they can request a paper copy by mail by calling Steve Kennedy at 317-232-6981. Completed survey forms must be returned to the agency by June 30.

Historic cottages could be torn down in north Mississippi

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The National Park Service is considering dismantling some historic buildings in Mississippi because nobody has been willing to lease or restore them.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the nine cottages and two outbuildings are in the Tupelo Homestead Historic District. They were built in 1936 by the Resettlement Administration and transferred to the National Park Service in 1940. They are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Four years ago, Natchez Trace Parkway officials tried to gauge public and private interest in preserving some of the cottages that sit near its headquarters. Last year, the parkway sought proposals but received none.

A news release says the parkway cannot afford to maintain the buildings. The colony of cottages originally had 35 homesteads.