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African-Americans often fished the banks of the James for shad, a local fish that they consumed or sold for profit.
African-Americans often fished the banks of the James for shad, a local fish that they consumed or sold for profit.

Since the first Africans arrived at Jamestown in the 17th century, the African-American connection to the James River has been both cultural and economic. From the earliest days of the slave trade, through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and well into the 20th century, the river has been used for transport, food, financial opportunity, and more.

In this installment of the "On the River" video series, public historian Russell B. Hopson talks about the African-American experience along the winding James, deepening our sense of the heritage that will suffer if Dominion Virginia Power goes through with its proposed power line plan.... Read More →

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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.

 

Sunset over the James River in Virginia.
Sunset over the James River in Virginia.

The James River, in addition to being rich in history, is also a tremendous environmental resource. From the endangered sturgeon population to oyster reefs and untouched marshlands, our second "On the River" episode shows you just what would be put in jeopardy if Dominion Virginia Power goes through with its power line proposal.... 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.

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.

 

Visitors to the James River see largely the same view as Captain John Smith did when he traveled the historic waterway in 1607.
Visitors to the James River see largely the same view as Captain John Smith did when he traveled the historic waterway in 1607.

The James River is “America’s founding river,” yet not everyone has the opportunity to visit it in person. So for this entire week, we at Preservation Nation are taking you on a virtual trip down this beautiful, historic waterway, so you can see for yourself what would be lost if Dominion Virginia Power goes through with its disruptive power line proposal.... 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.

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.

 


Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion - Promo I from Matthew Silva on Vimeo.

For the past three years, the futuristic New York State Pavilion -- a National Treasure looking for a new future of its own – has enchanted many people with its dramatic design and World Fair history. One of those people became so enchanted that he decided to make a film about the structure -- a passion project that quickly grew into a larger grassroots campaign to save the Pavilion.

That person is Matthew Silva, co-founder of People for the Pavilion and the filmmaker behind the documentary “Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion.” His tireless efforts behind the camera, on social media, and at the site itself have not only helped get more people talking about the Pavilion, but it’s brought them together as well, focusing their energy on reinvention for an inventive space.

This week, the documentary that started it all three years ago is having its world premiere. So before the curtain goes up, we chatted with Silva to learn more about his fascinating route from schoolteacher to filmmaker to preservation advocate.... 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.

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.

 

Happy Preservation Month, everyone! To mark this annual celebration of all things place-based, we at the National Trust are presenting a special toolkit series called How to Save a Place. Consider it your preservation primer -- a one-stop shop for people who love places but aren’t sure how to save them.

The great news is, you don’t have to go it alone. Many valuable resources, materials, and people are available to help. Over the next four weeks, we’ll walk you through the key elements of saving a place, from where to start to who to contact, and every step in between. So whether you’re a historic homeowner, local nonprofit, or simply an active citizen, you’ll find something here to help you out.

Ready to take on this rewarding and exciting challenge? Terrific! Let’s start with a philosophical discussion -- namely, why do old places matter? And why should we do our best to save them?... 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.

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.

 

Happy Preservation Month, everyone! That’s right -- May is Preservation Month, our movement’s annual celebration of places and the people who save them. And to kick off this year’s festivities, we are thrilled to announce the reinvention of one of our favorite campaigns: This Place Matters.... 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.

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.