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Whether you call it costumed interpretation or living history, having volunteers at a historic site reenacting events from the past can be a compelling way to bring stories alive -- or the quickest way to leave site visitors snickering.

Creating a program that engages guests without stressing out docents doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. These 10 tips, developed for the 2013 Bmore Historic Unconference by the “resident historian” of Baltimore’s Admiral Fell Inn, Steven Lampredi, are designed to get your interpretation program off on the right foot.... Read More →

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

Stephanie Meeks (right) answering questions on Twitter during June's 11 Most Endangered chat.
Stephanie Meeks (right) answering questions on Twitter during June's 11 Most Endangered chat.

Modern and recent past buildings have been having a rough time of it lately:

We've been having these same conversations at the National Trust -- now more than ever as we "walk the talk" on Modernism in a whole new way with our move to Washington, D.C.'s iconic Watergate Office Building.

It's not enough for just us to be having the conversation, though. We also want to hear from you about Modernism. So we're hosting a Twitter chat with Stephanie Meeks (@SavePlacesPres) on Tuesday, December 17 from 3:30-4:30 EST.... 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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

Hurricane Irene damage in Bethel, VT. Photo courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region on Flickr.

Natural disasters and fires can strike at any time -- sometimes with warning, sometimes without -- and present grave risks to more than historic properties. Protecting human (and pet) lives are always the paramount concern when danger strikes, but both advance planning and taking certain steps in the aftermath can also help your favorite historic places weather disasters as well.

Today's round-up offers three toolkits to get your disaster planning and recovery on the right track.

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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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

Hyde Park neighborhood of Boise, IA. Credit: Talo66, Flickr
Holidays in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boise, Idaho

Taking inspiration from the current issue of Forum Journal, our November #builtheritage chat looked at international preservation, and what American preservationists can learn from our colleagues in other countries.

Among the groups that our chatters mentioned as doing particularly good work were the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the International National Trusts Organisation, and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

Find highlights from the Twitter chat below:... 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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

Two Nantucket Lightship Veterans Recall Their Years Onboard

Posted on: November 18th, 2013 by Sarah Heffern 2 Comments

 

Dick Arnold (left) and Peter Brunk (right). Photos courtesy United States Lightship Museum.
Dick Arnold (left) and Peter Brunk (right)

As we prepare to wrap up our National Treasures project work on the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, which now has long-term home with the Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina in East Boston, it seemed appropriate to take one last look at the amazing work done by the sailors on this floating lighthouse.

Rebecca Harris, a field officer in our Boston office, spoke to two veterans of the Lightship: Peter Brunk, who was captain in the early 1970s, and Richard (Dick) Arnold, who served in the mid-1950s. She asked them about their best and worst memories -- and unsurprisingly, as the Northeast heads out of hurricane season and into winter, bad weather on the shoals off New England’s coast was not a favorite.... 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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.