Though I still have the tiniest bit of turkey and stuffing left in my fridge, it's time for me to admit that Thanksgiving has passed and it's now, officially, the holiday season. (Retailers can tell me all they want that it begins after Halloween, but I refuse to accept this.) And with the holidays come events and parties galore - many hosted in historic places, because really, what dresses up better for festivities than beautiful architecture?
And so, that's our theme for the December #BuiltHeritage Twitter chat: discussing the connections between the holidays and preservation. We'll talk about seasonal promotions and events at historic sites, how to promote shopping on Main Streets, and more. So... think about some examples of great holiday events you've attended (or hosted) and be ready to share.
We’ll be hoisting the virtual eggnog on Twitter next Wednesday (December 7) at 4:00 EST. Please join us!
Here’s how to participate in the chat:
1. Sign in to Twitter, TweetDeck or TweetChat. We (your friendly chat moderators: Julia, Kayla, and I) usually use TweetChat since it adds the hash tag automatically and allows for easy replies and re-tweets.
2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage
3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other tweeters using replies and retweets.
Oh, and what we mean by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderators as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and such still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.
If you can’t join in live, don’t worry – we’ll also post a transcript shortly after the chat.
Hope to hear from you!
Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As she's not actually a fan of egg nog, she'll be hoisting a virtual gingerbread latte. Or possibly a real one.