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[Weekend Reads] Preservation Stories from The New York Times, Thump, and More

Posted on: July 3rd, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

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The Palisades are a National Treasure of the National Trust.

“’What preservation is really all about,’ the critic Ada Louise Huxtable noted almost 50 years ago, ‘is the retention and active relationship of buildings of the past to the community’s functioning present.’ Translation: Good preservation doesn’t embalm history. It binds a living past to change. ‘The accumulation,’ Mrs. Huxtable added, ‘is called culture.’ Replace buildings of the past with natural landmarks and you’ve got the LG story in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., which was resolved this week.” – The New York Times: LG Listens to Conservationists and Preserves a Landmark

“In July, the San Antonio Missions could become Texas’ first UNESCO World Heritage Site, but if it wasn’t for a small group of women in the 1920s, they may not have been standing today. More than 90 years since its founding, the San Antonio Conservation Society continues to work tirelessly to protect and preserve the city’s most valuable historic, natural and cultural assets.” – San Antonio Magazine: On A Mission... 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.

Announcing America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2015

Posted on: June 23rd, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

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Grand Canyon, Arizona

Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation issued our 28th annual list of the America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

This year’s list helps underscore the ongoing effort we have at the National Trust to tell the story of our nation in all its richness and complexity. We want to see the history of all Americans honored and remembered, and to see all our families and communities reflected in the telling. As such, many of the sites on the 2015 list, our most diverse ever, focus on important chapters in our history that have sometimes been overlooked.

We officially unveiled the 2015 list in a video released today:

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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.

Join the Preservation50 Celebration!

Posted on: June 23rd, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

By Eden Burgess, Preservation50

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2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), signed by President Lyndon Johnson on October 15, 1966. NHPA has transformed the face of communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes, and archaeology.

Preservation50 is the United States’ four-year effort to celebrate, learn from, and leverage the NHPA’s first five decades to assure historic preservation’s vibrant future in America. History lovers of all ages and backgrounds are gearing up for a slate of programs and initiatives aimed at revealing the great value that historic preservation delivers to the American people, and growing a community to lead preservation in the next 50 years.

The National Trust is a close partner in planning the celebration, and invites all its members to spread the word about how the NHPA has shaped the preservation of America’s historic and cultural heritage legacy in every corner of the nation.

2016 might feel like it’s far off, but it will be here before we know it. Get involved now by visiting www.preservation50.org and connecting with the celebration on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.

[Preservation Tips and Tools] The First Step for Putting Women Back in History

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 10 Comments

 

By Karen Nickless, Field Officer, and Heather Huyck, President at National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites

Gerda Lerner, a pioneering scholar of women’s history, looked back on several decades of research in women’s history and divided it into four phases, each building on the other to reach a complex understanding of the history of women. Lerner saw historians of the 1960s doing what she called “compensatory history" -- that is, looking for women and inserting them into male-dominated history. She compared historians of that period to Diogenes with his lantern, seeking simply to find the women.

Today, many historic sites are still wandering with their lanterns, trying to find the women’s stories represented there. Here are some suggestions to help you illuminate the lives of women at a historic place that matters to you, whether it is a historic site or your own home.... 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.

Weekend Reads from Next City, Belt, and More

Posted on: June 5th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

By Tim Mikulski, Manager, Public Affairs

Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

The HOPE Crew uses a pit saw and saw trestle to rip new rafter stock from newly hewn material. | Photo credit: Molly Dickerson, Facility Manager Melrose Plantation and Gerald David, GFD Woodworking.
The HOPE Crew uses a pit saw and saw trestle to rip new rafter stock from newly hewn material. | Photo credit: Molly Dickerson, Facility Manager Melrose Plantation and Gerald David, GFD Woodworking.

“Under the guidance of expert timber framers Alicia Spence and Gerry David, the [HOPE] Crew produced all of the replacement timbers on site, using fresh cut Louisiana Cypress logs. This on-site approach made sense for two reasons. First, aesthetically, the building needed to be restored without altering its appearance. Second, few modern mills can cut the long-length material required for this project.” -- Preservation Leadership Forum Blog: Conservation in Action – The African House Roof Restoration

“Tourism is also a doubled-edged sword. On the one hand, it provides communities with many benefits: new jobs, an expanded tax base, enhanced infrastructure, improved facilities and an expanded market for local products. On the other hand, it can create burdens for local communities, such as crowding, traffic congestion, noise, increased crime, and haphazard development. So the question is: how do you maximize the benefits of tourism, while minimizing the problems?” -- Better Cities & Towns: Responsible Tourism... Read More →

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

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This Place Matters: A Reflection (and Gallery) on Humble Places We Love

Posted on: June 4th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

The pagoda in New Orleans in 2011.
The pagoda in New Orleans in 2011

With Preservation Month all wrapped up, Ariella Cohen of Next City shared a lovely personal reflection on a place that matters to her: a quirky pagoda in New Orleans that survived Hurricane Katrina, neglect, and abandonment to find new life as a bustling community cafe.

Here's an excerpt:

By the time I made it back to the pagoda last spring, it was loud and happy and overflowing with activity -- the way I’d always thought it should be. A young man I recognized from the neighborhood was working behind the counter. A friend was playing guitar on the deck. The greens on my breakfast taco came from an urban farm staffed by New Orleans youth. The pagoda was -- and is -- a place that matters.

Read the full story and see the cafe's terrific transformation here. Bonus: a cool gallery of some of Next City's favorite "This Place Matters" photos from Preservation Month!

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.