As excited as I am to partake in the nuptial festivities of two of my close friends this weekend outside the historic Highfield Hall on Cape Cod, weather forecasts (ahem, UTTER PANIC HURRICANE IRENE IS COMING!!) suggest this weekend might be less seersucker, flip flops, and warm breezes and more grayness and soakedness, cutting head-holes in trash bags, and holding onto flag poles as million-mile-per-hour winds do their best to hurl me two states over.
But then, I've already survived an earthquake this week so I'm Keeping Strong and Carrying On, UK-style, and can only proceed in the hope that my pint-sized economy rental car doesn't float off I-95 into some cranberry bog somewhere. *Pauses to consider this may just be his last post.* It's been fun, y'all.
Unfortunately, storms and natural events like these can cause some serious damage. In Culpepper, Virginia, Tuesday's earthquake caused some of the town's historic downtown facades to crack free from the rest of their structures.
Speaking of cracks, the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral sustained some damage during the earthquake as well. Check out the National Park Service's photos of the monument.
“About 2 in the Afternoon we had a very moderate Trembling of the Earth.” ~ John Blair to Thomas Jefferson, March 2, 1774 ... Read about one of Virginia's other earthquakes and about how James Madison's Montpelier has survived through them all.
Before we get off topic, have you seen the National Trust's own "Natural Disaster Preparedness Planning & Response" page? Check out the specific pages for hurricanes and earthquakes.
Remember that blog post from last week on Saginaw, Michigan's efforts to boost economic development through historic preservation? The local news picked up the story, with a great interview with the National Trust's partner Brenna Moloney.
Preservation in Pink asks, "What are your thoughts on small concrete bridges?"
Okay, friends. I'm off to weather this storm. Wish me luck.
David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. If you're curious about the exact wording of the blog title, it's a reference to my new song obsession, "Storm Warning" by Hunter Hayes.