As we noted in last week’s 10 on Tuesday post, we’re rounding up past toolkits based on some of the bigger themes we’ve uncovered over a year of posting tips. Today’s topic: using social media to save places. If your first thought is, “What on earth does this have to with preservation?”, read on to learn more about how building community online can lead to saving places offline.... Read More →
A chain drug store can be a boon to a historic downtown or neighborhood -- or a bust, if it doesn’t take into account the character of the surrounding area. Whether the chain demolishes existing historic buildings or adds a suburban-style store with a sea of parking, an insensitive approach can dramatically change the look and feel of a community.
However, chain drug stores don’t have to be the enemy. There are ways for preservationists and developers to work together to bring new retail options and contribute to a vibrant historic neighborhood. Here are 10 tips for working with chain drug stores in your community:... Read More →
We recently shared how to research the history of historic cemeteries and burial grounds; now it’s time to start saving them. Here are 10 critical steps for preserving historic burial grounds:
1. Determine -- and coordinate with -- the congregation, owners, or governing agency responsible for the land. Cemeteries or burial grounds may be associated with a religious organization, located on private property (which the descendants of those buried there might still own), or under the control of a state or local government. In any event, it’s critical to get the owners on board early for the site’s restoration.... Read More →