Good afternoon, Nation, and welcome to this Thursday edition of Preservation Round-Up, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s twice-weekly digest of preservation news and notes from around the country.
One of the things we're constantly amazed at here in the PreservationNation office is the amount of enthusiasm preservationists have for sharing their stories via social media. We try to keep a pretty close eye on our accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and there are new stories - successes and threats - every day, along with events and calls to action. So, with our newly-minted regular round-up writer off in Louisiana enjoying his mama's gumbo, I thought I'd take a spin through our part of the social universe to share some of what we've been seeing.
We hear a lot from the intrepid folks working to save Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. (Have you ever been to OTR? I've only been once, but knew immediately that if I ever had to move to Ohio, that's where I'd want to end up.) The folks on the Over-the-Rhine page are among our most active fans when it comes to sharing links, including this recent one about Cincinnati's popularity as remodeling market, while another group, OTR Matters, shared their new blog, Over-the-Rhine Matters.
Other preservationists are using Facebook and it's super-easy photo uploading to share updates on their preservation projects. The Shoemaker Schoolhouse in Columbia, Illinois is an example. According to the page description, "this one-room schoolhouse, built in 1867 by a farmer for his children... is being renovated as the Monroe County Welcome Center." The photos are well worth a look.
We also hear about all sorts of interesting-sounding events - often in places we're sorry we can't get to (but maybe you can). For example, the Chicago Architecture Foundation shared their upcoming Open House Chicago tour on Twitter. And if you're a preservation lawyer, Landmark West NYC's Landmarks Law at 45 sounds like a must-attend session. (Landmark West also has made the jump to mobile, offering their walking tour as an iPhone app. I know I'll be downloading it before my next trip up to the city.)
Via the National Preservation Conference Twitter feed - managed right across the room from me! - comes the news that the newest Muppet movie is going to have a preservation theme. It's not coming out until the end of the year, but it's never too early to plan a preservationist night at the movies.
Given that I copped to a certain amount of Civil War geekery in my post yesterday, it will probably come as no surprise that one of my favorite new things on the social web scene is the Washington Post's live-tweeting of the Civil War. As the sesquicentennial kicked off, so did the WaPo's Twitter list. While we're heavily engaged in preservation battles such as the fight against the Wilderness Walmart, it's kind of interesting to look back at the way the war got underway, 140 characters at a time.
And just in case you're not following us on Facebook and Twitter (we'd be happy to have you, if that's the case), here's a message we sent out earlier today that's of importance to those of you planning to comment on the newest version of LEED: the USGBC has extended the deadline to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 17, 2011 due to website downtime during the comment period.
And finally, one story that has nothing to do with preservation at all, though it does come from an ally in the museum world: from the Smithsonian American History Museum's Twiter feed, take a peek a the hottest fad of 1939: goldfish gulping.
Sarah Heffern is the content manager for PreservationNation.org. Her favorite Muppet is Beaker, whom she sincerely hopes is a preservationist, in addition to being a scientist.