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[Preservation Tips & Tools] Round-Up: The Starter Kit for Renovating Historic Homes

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

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Buying a historic house with the intention of fixing it up is a significant undertaking -- and one that can come with its share of surprises. Understanding how to ask the right questions before you begin renovating is key to the overall success of your project. This round-up of toolkits from the 10 on Tuesday vault (now Preservation Tips & Tools) will help give you an idea of what to consider and how to find sensible solutions as you look to restore or rehabilitate your newly acquired treasure. ... 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 Veterans in Our Historic Preservation Work

Posted on: November 11th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Written by Tim Mikulski, Manager of Public Affairs

Old Main is the only original Soldiers Home building in the country designed to combine multiple basic veteran care functions under one roof.
Old Main is the only original Soldiers Home building in the country designed to combine multiple basic veteran care functions under one roof.

In honor of those who have served in the armed forces, we wanted to highlight and update some of the work that the National Trust has been doing to preserve and protect sites that are significant to veterans.

We are currently working to prevent the closure of Battle Mountain Sanitarium in South Dakota, protecting Hawaii’s Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial from demolition, and finding ways to restore and reuse many buildings at the Milwaukee Soldiers Home campus in Wisconsin. Our staff also worked with the American Legion to pass a resolution in support of stewarding U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) historic properties.

In addition to our National Treasures work, our first all-veteran HOPE (Hands-On Preservation Experience) Crew began working to restore cemetery headstones at Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana.

So what better time than Veterans Day to share where we stand on these important projects? Here goes:... 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.

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 & Tools] Find Funding for Emergency/Intervention Preservation Projects

Posted on: October 28th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Written by Diana Maxwell, Associate Manager, Grants

Unexpected damage to a historic building can be devastating, and figuring out the next steps can be overwhelming. The good news: The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Emergency/Intervention Fund (E/I) Grants might be able to help.

While our Grants team hopes you never have a reason to ask about E/I Funds, a grant for planning from the National Trust could be just what you need to kickstart a campaign to return a building to use post-disaster.

This toolkit shares how you can apply for (and hopefully receive) an E/I grant. While funding is limited, we want to help as much as we can, so check out the steps and see if your project fits the bill.... 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.

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.

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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National Trust for Historic Preservation

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 →

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.

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 →

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.