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The abandoned Frontier Drive-In in Center, Colo.
The abandoned Frontier Drive-In in Center, Colo.

The drive-in theater is an American summertime classic, and June 6 marks the 80th anniversary of the opening of the very first theater in Camden, N.J. in 1933. Park-In Theaters, the brainchild of chemical company magnate Richard Hollingshead, charged 25 cents for each car and an additional 25 for each passenger, and advertised with the slogan, “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.”

A number of these nostalgic spaces are still in operation in the U.S. (as of 2012, the number stood at 368), but abandoned drive-ins also dot the American landscape, their weathered screens and dilapidated ticket booths serving as reminders of a bygone era. Craig Deman, a Santa Monica, Ca.-based photographer, has made it his mission to document these remnants in 10 different states over four years. His images are both evocative and haunting.... Read More →

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery Celebrates 175 Years

Posted on: June 3rd, 2013 by Katherine Flynn

 

An exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York titled “A Beautiful Way To Go” commemorates Green-Wood Cemetery’s 175th anniversary. Credit: Museum of the City of New York
An exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York titled “A Beautiful Way To Go” commemorates Green-Wood Cemetery’s 175th anniversary.

The word “cemetery” conjures images of gloomy gravestones and a sense of dread in the American imagination, but it wasn’t always this way. Nearly two centuries ago, civic leaders in New York established Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, providing not only a hallowed place to bury loved and well-respected residents, but an airy, open green space that provided a retreat from the chaos of the city.

This summer, the Museum of the City of New York is featuring an exhibit to commemorate the 175th anniversary of this outdoor community space that predated both Central Park and Prospect Park, titled “A Beautiful Way to Go.” The exhibit will interweave art, architecture, and landscape with social and cultural history, and will also feature contemporary photos of the cemetery in all four seasons by photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao.... 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.

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

One Man's Quest to Restore the Humble Homes of American Icons

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn 1 Comment

 

Dan Riedemann, of Nineteenth Century Restorations, LLC, poses with a sign outside Johnny Carson’s birthplace before the restoration. Credit: Dan Riedemann/Nineteenth Century Restorations, LLC
Dan Riedemann, of Nineteenth Century Restorations, LLC, poses with a sign outside Johnny Carson’s birthplace before the restoration.

Woody Guthrie, Nina Simone, and Johnny Carson are just three of the many American legends to be born in small, modest homes in America’s heartland, far away from the bright lights of the bustling cities where they would one day perform. Two of these three homes are still standing, serving as a testament to the fact that great things can come from humble beginnings.

Dan Riedemann, who co-owns Nineteenth Century Restorations, LLC, with his wife, has taken on the task of restoring each of these homes to their original, historically accurate appearances. For the past four months, Riedemann has been restoring Johnny Carson’s childhood home in Corning, Ia., a 1,000-square-foot house where Carson spent the first three years of his life.... 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.

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

All Hands on Deck for the SS United States

Posted on: May 13th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn 12 Comments

 

The SS United States was built in 1952 and designed by William Francis Gibbs to capture the trans-Atlantic speed record. Credit: SS United States Conservancy
The SS United States was built in 1952 and designed by William Francis Gibbs to capture the trans-Atlantic speed record.

The luxury liner SS United States still holds the world record for the fastest westbound transatlantic crossing -- 3 days, 12 hours, and 12 minutes.

These days, it’s not doing much travel from one side of the world to the other. It’s been docked since 1969, biding its time until it is either sold for scrap, or rehabilitated and given new life.... 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.

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

 

A group of former students at the Cleveland Chinese Mission School gathers at the plaque dedication. From left: Fee Joe, Ed Joe, Kellogg Wong, Fun Pang, J.W. Dunn (seated), Annette Joe, Vice Mayor Ted Campbell, and Bobby Moon. Credit: Gilroy and Sally Chow
A group of former students at the Cleveland Chinese Mission School gathers at the plaque dedication. From left: Fee Joe, Ed Joe, Kellogg Wong, Fun Pang, J.W. Dunn (seated), Annette Joe, Vice Mayor Ted Campbell, and Bobby Moon.

The Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum, as Frieda Quon explains it, is a labor of love -- a project that stems from the desire of the children of Chinese immigrants in the region, like herself, to make sure that their unique history isn’t lost.... 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.

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.