At a public meeting on Tuesday evening, January 29, Molly Myers Naumann explained the process of including Chariton as an historic district to the National Register of Historic Places. The complex process takes twelve to fourteen months and several meetings with the State Historic Preservation office. "Basically a historic listing shows your sense of pride in your buildings," said Naumann. The Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street and the city of Chariton are partners in the application process.
Once the State office approves the application it is submitted for review to the National Parks Service where they have nine weeks to review it before accepting or declining the application.
Pictures will be taken of the Chariton district in the spring of 2013. A survey and drawings will also be vital to the grant application. A formal presentation to the Iowa Advisory Committee will be done in February of 2014. If the application is accepted the Department of the Interior approval could go into effect mid June of 2014.