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Sign the Pledge to Protect Villa Lewaro — And Learn How You Can Tour It

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

Spotlight on National Treasures: Villa Lewaro

The National Trust hosted several influential writers and bloggers from the New York City area in August 2014 to tour historic Villa Lewaro.
The National Trust hosted several influential writers and bloggers from the New York City area in August 2014 to tour historic Villa Lewaro.

Written by Jessica Pumphrey, Associate Manager, Public Affairs

In the course of all the Madam C.J. Walker stories this week, one word has come up more than any other: dream.

Walker called her home, Villa Lewaro, her "dream of dreams" -- the perfect phrase for a place that put her ingenuity, acumen, and hard work on display. And as this week's series shows, her influence continues to reverberate through history as she made history tangible for a writer, inspired an entrepreneur to start her own business, created a space for African-Americans to "do big things," and built a "monument" that speaks to the power of the American dream.

So now that you've experienced her remarkable legacy as well, maybe you have a dream of your own: to see Villa Lewaro in person. Here's how you can go one step further in making it happen -- and help save the estate at the same time.... Read More →

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

“Be Relentless in Your Dreams”: DooBop Founder Jodie Patterson on Madam C.J. Walker

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Spotlight on National Treasures: Villa Lewaro

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Jodie Patterson, co-founder and chief creative officer for DooBop.com

Written by Jessica Pumphrey, Associate Manager, Public Affairs

Moments like this come when you least expect them -- when you’re so moved to want to live more intentionally, to follow your passions and fearlessly go after that ‘thing’ you know you were always meant to do but never found the courage enough to carry out. This is just one way I was inspired by my conversation with Jodie Patterson, co-founder and chief creative officer for DooBop.com, the first online seller of beauty products geared towards women of color.

As I write this, I am listening to “SHE” by Alice Smith -- allowing lyrics like, “She had a power that they tried to tame, couldn’t tame her, tried her everyday to take it away,” to further stir the excitement of this blog post connecting Madam C.J. Walker’s legacy to the revered "beauty gladiator" (as referred to by Fast Company) that is Jodie Patterson today.... Read More →

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

The Next Chapter for Villa Lewaro, Madam C.J. Walker’s “Dream of Dreams”

Posted on: October 19th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Spotlight on National Treasures: Villa Lewaro

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Guests admire the murals and other intricate design on the ceiling in the dining room at Villa Lewaro.

Written by Brent Leggs, Senior Field Officer, Preservation Division

Imagine spending the night at Villa Lewaro, the estate of business pioneer Madam C. J. Walker, reopened as a luxurious bed and breakfast.

Imagine attending a holiday party hosted by the estate’s future owners.

Imagine going on a date there for an intimate jazz performance.

What if you could take a private tour of the site, followed by a high-end spa experience? Enjoy an extended sabbatical at the exclusive property with other entrepreneurs and innovators? Or host a formal wedding or company retreat there?

These are just a few of the concepts for reusing one of the premiere landmarks in African-American and women’s history, and the moment is now to bring the ideas to life.... Read More →

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

Take Advantage of Free Virtual Programming at PastForward 2014

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

Written by Colleen Danz, Manager, Forum Marketing

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For more than 40 years, preservationists have been meeting in cities across the country to discuss the pressing issues of the day, explore preservation in action, and reconnect with their peers. The National Preservation Conference has always been the place to put a national spotlight on historic preservation.

The tradition will continue this year when more than 2,000 preservationists descend on Savannah, Nov. 11-14, for this year’s National Preservation Conference, PastForward. And who wouldn’t want to make a trip to such a delightful city?  But time and schedules don’t always permit everyone passionate for historic preservation (professionals, hobbyists, and otherwise) to attend. So for those of you who can’t be there in person, we invite you to be our virtual attendees.... 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.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

Engaging a More Diverse Community in Preservation

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

HOPE Crew at Woodlawn. Credit: John Boal
HOPE Crew at Woodlawn

During her recent speech "Towards a More Perfect Union: Engaging a More Diverse Community in Preservation" at Hampton University, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks shared the preservation movement’s challenge to become more inclusive and highlighted the National Trust’s work to protect and preserve diverse historic places such as Fort Monroe, Joe Frazier’s Gym, and Rosenwald Schools.

The National Trust is committed to protecting sites that represent the full breadth of our American history, but cannot do it alone. That’s where you come in! We need your help to craft a vision for engaging a more diverse community in preservation, and invite you to share your ideas below.

Additionally, if you know of a diverse site that could use the National Trust’s help, let us know -- we want to hear from you! And check out our book on Preserving African-American Historic Places to learn how you can save a place.

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.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.