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The Yes on 8 Action Center on Opening Night

Last week, our work to help save Union Terminal in Cincinnati took a big step forward: we celebrated the grand opening of the Yes on 8 Action Center in downtown Cincinnati -- the National Trust’s first ever pop-up!... Read More →

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Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

Historic Train Stations (As Seen on Instagram)

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 by Grant Stevens 13 Comments

 

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Detail of Union Station in Washington, D.C.

For a long time, I tried to deny it, but it’s probably time to fess up: I’m kind of a train nerd. Or at least I’m turning into one. I didn’t grow up around trains, but they have always fascinated me. I have vivid memories of visiting the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad (pictured below) in elementary school and taking Amtrak from Iowa to New Mexico to get to Philmont Scout Ranch during high school.

In the last year, however, I think I’ve really realized my train nerd status. I’ve had the opportunity to travel through some beautiful train stations and several of our National Treasures projects have connections to trains. The Pullman Historic District in Chicago is home to the Pullman Palace Car; Washington, D.C.’s Union Station (where we did behind-the-scenes tours last May) is planning for a large expansion; and Cincinnati’s Union Terminal, an Art Deco masterpiece, needs public assistance to serve another generation of visitors.

I’m in Cincinnati right now, in fact, working on an exciting project for Union Terminal. (We’ll have a big announcement about that next week.) In the meantime, enjoy these photos of beautiful train stations from Instagram!... Read More →

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.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

State Fairs (as Seen on Instagram)

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 


Udderly fantastic: The famous #buttercow. #iowastatefair #isthisheavennoitsiowa 

For the first time in years, I missed the Iowa State Fair. And this, blog readers, is bumming me out -- in large part because I firmly believe the Iowa State Fair is the best state fair. Yes, other state fairs are out there, but in my eyes, they just can’t compete. The Iowa State Fair has been going strong for 155 years, is home to the world-renowned Butter Cow, and was even the basis for the hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical State Fair.

Having grown up in Iowa, I’m probably (definitely) a little biased. But the Fair has always been a magical place for me, something that was both the same and different each year I want. It's a continuum of ever-evolving history and experiences.

So, in a spirit of homesickness and celebration, I’ve compiled a few favorite images for you to enjoy. And to be FAIR (terrible puns are also part of the fair-going experience), I’ve also added a few photos of other state fairs, because they’ve gotta try, right?... Read More →

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.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

CityLove: Seattle According to Linnea Westerlind

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 1 Comment

 

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Credit: Linnea Westerlind

As part of the CityLove blog series, we wanted to highlight a local leader -- someone who is living the preservation-minded life in the city. For Seattle, we spoke with Linnea Westerlind about all things park-related.... Read More →

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.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

CityLove: Meet Seattle

Posted on: July 24th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 1 Comment

 

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Earlier this week, I heard my colleague Jeana Wiser of the Preservation Green Lab (PGL) use a phrase that has stuck with me for days: “anchors of authenticity.”

Jeana used the phrase to describe what the adaptive reuse of buildings provides to a neighborhood. PGL, a subsidiary of the National Trust, is headquartered in Seattle, our most recent CityLove city, and the more I read about Seattle, the more I think they have taken the "anchor of authenticity" phrase to heart.... Read More →

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.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.