Giving Thanks for Preservation's Most Essential Part: Its People

Posted on: November 21st, 2013 by Priya Chhaya

Thirty Instagram aficionados went behind the scenes at Miami Marine Stadium in October 2013. Credit: RAYMEDphotography
Thirty Instagram aficionados went behind the scenes at National Treasure Miami Marine Stadium in October 2013.

Fall is when the leaves change color, the temperature lowers, and we look to places that bring us warmth and comfort. It is the season when we return home, the space where the first spark of the past comes together in a real and personal way. Autumn is a visible reminder of the passage of time, and when we Americans articulate our thanks for what the year has brought.

This fall, I am thankful for the people of preservation.

The activists who advocate to save places in their communities, states, and in the federal government...

The storytellers who interpret history and make connections between people, place, and time...

Beth Wiedower, senior field officer in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Houston Field Office, speaks at Preservation Day in Austin during the "I Love Texas Courthouses" campaign, Feb. 2013. Credit: Bob Daemmrich Photography
Beth Wiedower, senior field officer in the National Trust's Houston Field Office, speaks at Preservation Day in Austin during the I Love Texas Courthouses campaign, Feb. 2013.

The landscape lovers who examine how humans have shaped the land beyond the built environment...

The community builders who bring people together and seize opportunity when it presents itself...

The sustainability supporters who see the intersections of climate change and preservation...

Artist Lindsay Rowinski worked with the National Trust to stage a "building hugger" event at National Treasure Union Station in May 2013. Credit: Pepper Watkins
Artist Lindsay Rowinski worked with the National Trust to stage a "building hugger" event at National Treasure Union Station in May 2013.

The historians, amateur or professional, who hunt down clues and seek out sources to fill in the gaps of a broadening and more nuanced past...

The architects who see where form meets function, and are often able to save an old building before tearing down to build new...

Most of all I am thankful for you. You who support preservation through email writing, tweeting, and posting on Facebook and Linked In. You who shop on Main Street, vote for rehabilitation over demolition, and visit historic sites. You who visit our National Parks and see value in protecting the histories, stories, and memories of others.

This fall, I am thankful for the preservation movement. What are you thankful for?

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.

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.

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