Today, August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech. In commemoration, last week we shared five preserved sites of the Civil Rights movement. Today -- on the March's actual anniversary -- we share five equally important sites that are currently endangered.... Read More →
August 28, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The occasion is cause for reflection on the people and places that helped shape the civil rights movement.
Historic sites that represent the fight for equality in America are essential to telling the full story of this important chapter of our nation's history. To commemorate the moment, we present five sites that preserve the memory of the struggle for civil rights.... Read More →
With a country as large and diverse as the United States selecting a list of just 11 endangered historic places annually is a daunting task -- which is why this year, as our endangered list enters its second quarter-century, we opened up the process to the general public for the first time.
The results were overwhelming. We received more than twice the nominations we have in the past, with passionate local preservationists reaching out from sites nationwide.
The resulting list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places represents the broad cultural, geographic, and historic diversity of our country. The "newest" site -- the flying-saucer-shaped Worldport Terminal at JFK Airport in New York -- dates from the mid-20th century, while the oldest -- San Jose Church in San Juan, P.R. -- was built more than 400 years earlier.
Without further ado, the 2013 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list, in slides...
And in video:
Want to learn more about this year's listings? Later this morning, from 11:00 a.m. to noon EDT, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks (@SavePlacesPres) will be participating in a Twitter chat about the 11 Most Endangered List. She will be taking questions and discussing the 2013 list, and several of the listed sites will also be available during the chat. To join the chat:
1. Sign in to Twitter, or into a chat-specific site such as tchat.io, twubs.com, or oneqube.com. (Using a chat site allows you to filter just the chat-specific hashtag, and also appends it to any tweets you send, allowing for a more streamlined experience.)
2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #11Most.
Hope to see you there!
For most people, moving means cardboard boxes, heavy lifting, and forgetting where you packed your underwear. However, for National Public Radio, a recent relocation meant making something old new again.
NPR’s shiny new headquarters is built atop the National Register-listed Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company Warehouse. As an anchor in an emerging neighborhood, the organization is a terrific example of how preservation supports the future.
National Trust correspondents Jason Clement and Julia Rocchi had the chance to tour the building. Here’s what they thought -- to quote NPR’s “founding mother” Susan Stamberg -- of “the house that radio built.”... Read More →
Written by Chris Morris, Project Manager, Historic Post Offices
You may have heard that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is suffering from some serious debt. They are projected to rack up a deficit of over $18 billion (yes, that’s billion with a “b”) next year alone. So, they are trying to cut costs any way they can: considering ending Saturday mail delivery, not replacing thousands of retiring postal workers, asking Congress to drop their mandate to pre-fund billions in retiree health benefits, terminating building leases, and selling their post office buildings or “relocating” their services to a new building.
And unfortunately for people in impacted communities, they’re not always forthcoming about their plans, so it’s critical for the public to get involved, know their rights, and be persistent. If the USPS decides to sell or relocate a historic post office in your town, here are ten steps you can take to protect it:... Read More →