Introducing PastCast: A New Podcast for People Who Save Places

Posted on: October 28th, 2013 by Julia Rocchi 7 Comments

PastCast debut episode. Credit: OCV PHOTO, Flickr

We're excited to announce the debut episode of PastCast, a show for the people who save places! (Hint: That's you.) Our mission is to bring you great stories of cool preservation projects around the country -- and let the people behind them tell you all about it in their own words.

Segments in this episode include:

  • Man on the Street: We take to the streets to ask folks what's on their mind about preservation. This episode's prompt: Does saving places matter? Why or why not?
  • Placesavers: We talk with local preservationists around the country doing cool projects. Here we interview Dana Saylor and Meagan Baco, two of the leaders behind I'm Steel Standing, a group formed to protect the Bethlehem Steel Administration Building in Lackawanna, NY.
  • Stuff We're Obsessed With: The name says it all -- Jason Clement, David Weible, and I dish on our most recent preservation crushes. And right now we love walkability, the Houston Astrodome, and the adaptively reused Pabst Brewhouse campus in Milwaukee.
  • Soundscapes: We take you to the rededication of the Comal County Courthouse in New Braunfels, Texas, as its bells once again echo through the town square.

Full disclosure: Calling this a "podcast" is a bit of an aspirational term right now. Our goal for 2014 is to make the show a regular feature that you can download, stream, etc. Moreover, we want it to be about the projects and people you want to hear about. So if you have suggestions or feedback for us, please let us know at

Thanks for listening! Now, let's fade to back ...

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the director of digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.


7 Responses

  1. The Boys from Cherry Street

    October 29, 2013

    Really enjoyed your segment on “walkability”!

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  3. Aaron Marcavitch

    October 30, 2013

    Awesome stuff. Lets talk tourism some time – come see what we are doing in Greenbelt, MD.

  4. Emily Meyer

    November 21, 2013

    Julia, would you add a feedlink so I can access this from my podcast app? I would love to be kept up to date when new editions come out.

  5. PresNation

    November 22, 2013

    Hi Emily — yes, as soon as we have a feed, I will share the link! 😉 For now you can catch any new editions here: We’re hoping to produce episodes more regularly in 2014.

    Thanks so much for your interest!

    Julia Rocchi

  6. Thomas Morgan

    November 23, 2013

    Yes, excited to get it in itunes. Please advise when…. Thanks!

  7. Howard

    November 23, 2013

    Great idea and I am looking forward to it. If you need any tips, not that I am an expert, but I have been doing live webradio and archived podcasting now for 3 years and I have had many failures and made many mistakes that you might want to avoid.