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...
- A Love Letter to the Wilson County Courthouse
- Preservation Victory Over Charleston Cruise Ship Terminal
The storytellers who interpret history and make connections between people, place, and time...
- It Takes a Village: How Boise, Idaho is Celebrating its Sesquicentennial
- The Manhattan Project: Interpreting Controversial History
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...
- America's Antiquities Act Makes History With Five New National Monuments
- Recognizing Historic Sites That Remain Culturally Significant Today
The community builders who bring people together and seize opportunity when it presents itself...
- The Sherburne Inn: How One Community is Keeping a Local Landmark Alive
- Marcus Books: Oldest African-American Bookstore Fights to Stay Open
The sustainability supporters who see the intersections of climate change and preservation...
- Confronting Climate Change in Annapolis
- Why Seattle Restaurateur Tom Douglas Builds New Restaurants in Old Buildings
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...
- "Save Wigwam Village": On the Road to Cross-Cultural Communication
- The (Nearly) Forgotten History of Maxville, Ore.
The architects who see where form meets function, and are often able to save an old building before tearing down to build new...
- From Power Plant to Climbing Gym: Adaptive Reuse at St. Louis' City Hospital
- The House That Radio Built: NPR's New Headquarters Celebrates Preservation
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?
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