Save the Date: Twitter Chat with Special Guest Habitat for Humanity on July 11

Posted on: June 20th, 2012 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment

Habitat for Humanity's excellent work building homes in partnership with families that need them is well-known in many communities -- but their work as preservationists is a bit more under the radar. A growing realization that a good home requires a good neighborhood has led many of their affiliates to take a more holistic approach, one that involves rehabilitating buildings and revitalizing struggling communities.


One of four Victorian cottages relocated and restored by Habitat for Humanity of Teller County in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Read their story.

This is, of course, an idea near and dear to our preservationist hearts -- and a couple of years back, the National Trust partnered with Habitat for Humanity to develop resources to help Habitat affiliates become more active in preservation. (And Habitat World magazine returned the favor earlier this year with a gorgeous feature about some recent success stories.)

To help preservationists and Habitat affiliates continue to learn more about one another, we’ve invited Duane Bates (@habitat_org) and Shala Carlson (@HWEditor) to join us for the July #builtheritage Twitter chat. We’ll discuss why preservation is a good fit for some Habitat affiliates, the challenges -- and rewards -- of uniting home-making with preservation, and learn a bit about Habitat’s plans for future preservation-focused work.

The chat will take place on July 11, 2012 from 4:00-5:00 EDT. (Regular #builtheritage participants take note: this is one week later than our usual first-Wednesday-of-the-month chat date because of the July 4th holiday.) 

How to participate:

1. Sign in to Twitter, TweetDeck or TweetChat. We (the chat moderators) 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 participants 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.

See you online on July 11!

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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.

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One Response

  1. Peter Lacovara

    July 11, 2012

    This is good news. There is alot of concern here in Albany, NY because Habitat wanted to tear down a row of historic houses. I know builders like to say it is cheaper to build new, but often the disposal costs are not factored in, let alone damage to the enviorment and destruction of the historic fabric of urban neighborhoods. Historic properties and a diminishing resource and every thought to their preservation shold be explored. Also, since these buildings were far better constructed than what is done today, they would last longer anyway, so that also should be factored into the equasion when Habitat is thinking of just tearing them down and replacing them.