This Place Matters: The Videos

Posted on: May 28th, 2009 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment

Preservation Month may be nearing its end (have you placed your bids in the online auction yet?) but our theme, "This Place Matters" is only getting started.  Hundreds of photos have been submitted of places across the country, and our map is getting so full of flags that entire states are obscured. And now, videographers are getting into the act. Just today I found out about two great This Place Matters videos on YouTube -- one via email and the other through Facebook. They're very different in style, but are wonderfully alike in the fact that they share a passion for saving places.

The first comes from Marietta, Ohio, where the Campus Martius museum is threatened by  state budget cuts.

According to the Marietta Times, the same young preservationist who posted that video also made an appearance before the Ohio Senate.

Marietta Middle School eighth-grader Cheyenne Lemasters, 14, visited Columbus last week to get that message to Ohio's Senate, still debating the budget.

"I just wanted to get the word out and thought it would be different from just making phone calls if they heard from me face to face," she said. "I wanted them to remember how important this is."

Lemasters, who also organized a recent rally in support of the museums, testified before four senators.

"It was very nerve-wracking," she said. "They were kind of intimidating but very nice to me. They gave me a lot of respect."

Our second video comes from students at SCAD, the Savannah College of Art & Design. Four students worked together to take "This Place Matters" to their home states, talking about endangered buildings in Albany, NY (The Hotel Wellington); Lexington, KY (The Gratz Park Historic District), Denver, CO (The Daniels & Fisher Tower); and the California State Parks. Each of the segments of the video share a little of the history of the places, as well as their preservation status.

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

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  1. Brenda Stultz

    May 29, 2009

    What a wonderful rally video you have shared! – Congratulations to all the active participants in the “This Place Matters” rally in Marietta, Ohio ! What a joy to see all these Young Citizens of Tomorrow united in expressing what truly matters – preserving and protecting a quality of life that is rapidly being destroyed- one place at a time throughout our great state. I respectfully join in advocating for your cause from Tiffin, Ohio!