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Visions Become Reality at Paradise Garden in Georgia

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

Written by Carolyn Brackett, Senior Field Officer

Howard Finster is one of the best known folk artists of the 20th century, creating more than 47,000 works which are exhibited in places like the High Museum in Atlanta and are in demand by collectors.
Howard Finster is one of the best known folk artists of the 20th century, creating more than 47,000 works which are exhibited in places like the High Museum in Atlanta and are in demand by collectors.

During Howard Finster’s lifetime, a continual stream of people came to the place he called Paradise Garden to see the works that emerged from the artist’s visions.

“That’s what kept people coming here. Finster was always working on it,” says Jordan Poole, executive director of Paradise Garden.... Read More →

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Nominate a Place You Love to the 2014 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List

Posted on: February 25th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Virgil McDill, Associate Director, Public Affairs

Mountain View Black Officers’ Club – Fort Huachuca, Ariz. One of the most significant examples of a military service club in the United States built specifically for African-American officers, the Mountain View Black Officer’s Club faces demolition by the U.S. Army, which has blocked efforts to list the property in the National Register of Historic Places. Photo courtesy Ft. Huachuca Archives.
Mountain View Black Officers’ Club – Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Friendly reminder for all you place-lovers out there: The deadline to submit a nomination to the 2014 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places is fast approaching! Before you can say “Holy cow, March 3 is only a few days away,” it will be Monday, March 3, and this year’s nomination period will be closed.

If there’s a historic site that stands at risk in your community and you’ve been looking for a way to do something about it, this is your opportunity. The nomination form is available here.... Read More →

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Five Historic Places Where Legends of Black History Left Their Mark

Posted on: February 21st, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

By Andy Grabel, Manager, Public Affairs

The 3/4-mile Carver Nature Trail reflect young Carver's enthusiasm for the outdoors. Credit: Missouri Division of Tourism
The 3/4-mile Carver Nature Trail reflect young George Washington Carver's enthusiasm for the outdoors.

It can be found on trails and plantations, in meeting houses and modest homes. Black history pervades the senses at historic sites across the country where exhibits, collections, buildings, and the environment illuminate the lives of celebrated figures and provoke spirited conversation and debate. These places serve as an eternal flame to the memory of artists, abolitionists, scientists, and other visionaries who made their mark on history.

Want to see the historic sites where celebrated figures of black history walked, talked, and made their mark on the nation? A few sites to consider visiting include:... Read More →

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Honoring a President and His Legacy: Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch

Posted on: February 17th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

A protestor in Dickinson, N.D., shows his support for Elkhorn Ranch. Credit: ScottDRC, Photobucket
A protestor in Dickinson, N.D., shows his support for Elkhorn Ranch.

A landscape of great historical significance and stunning natural beauty sits amid the country’s largest energy boom: Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch in North Dakota’s Badlands. The Bakken Formation, which covers most of western North Dakota, has triggered an oil and natural gas boom that is rapidly encroaching on the Elkhorn Ranch and the unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in which the landscape sits.... Read More →

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Melissa Jest Reveals Preservation’s Best-Kept Secret to Saving Places

Posted on: February 14th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

Written by Brent Leggs, Author, Preserving African American Historic Places, and Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Melissa Jest in front of the John Coltrane House. Credit: Melissa Jest
Melissa Jest in front of the John Coltrane House

Sitting in the beautiful and historic St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C., sipping on a gimlet, preservation advocate Melissa Jest admires the space:“This place is a wonderful example of preservation in action.”

As we began to sip our drinks and discover the layers of history around us, Jest said:  “The tools used to save St. Regis shouldn’t be kept a secret. What if local developers [from diverse communities] had the tools to bring life to vacant and fragile historic resources?”

To Jest, preservation has the potential to go to scale and increase its impact. She says cities with years of disinvestment can recover when preservation tools are used by developers at every level. As we continued to chat about preservation’s potential, I posed four questions that begin to reveal her thoughts for sustaining community character.... Read More →

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