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

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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Opening Up the Conversation About Saving Latino History

Posted on: February 12th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Tanya Bowers, Director of Diversity, and Adriana Gallegos

Little Mexico. Credit: Sol Villasana
Historical photo of Little Mexico in Dallas, Texas

Late last year, the midcentury historic Univision building in San Antonio was demolished, serving as a wake-up call to many in the Latino community. When we posted our PreservationNation story about the demolition, it received some feedback from people on Twitter:

  • “Terrible loss… could’ve made a nice museum that showcases the contributions of Latinos in broadcasting.”
  • “Texas textbooks > Revisionist history deny Latinos place in American history.”
  • “It’s important to have Latino representation. Thank you for writing this piece.”

It was evident we needed to open the conversation as to why the Univision building and other Latino sites are not being saved or getting the attention they deserve. [Case in point: A 2008 study of National Register of Historic Places listings by associated cultural group found that only .11% (95 out of 83,775) were Hispanic.] And perhaps the way in is through the example of the trailblazers who for years have given Latino history a voice.... Read More →

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