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Jet Modern: Coming Up Next Week

Posted on: September 18th, 2009 by Sarah Heffern 2 Comments

 

As Seth makes his way from Houston to Salt Lake City via JFK (because it's on the way?), I thought I'd share a couple of photos he took of Boston's City Hall -- one of the sites he'll be writing about next week. Enjoy the eye candy as you head into the weekend!

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(By the way... It might not be proper to mention it here, since this is a blog and not Twitter, but modern fans in Salt Lake City can meet Seth at his "tweetup" on Monday night. Visit his Twitter page to get details on the time and location.)

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.

Senator Edward Kennedy, Preservation Hero

Posted on: August 26th, 2009 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment

 

Much will be -- and has already been -- written about the life and legacy of Senator Edward Kennedy. With a Senate career spanning more than 40 years, his work will undoubtedly have an impact on our country for years to come. It is, however, the efforts Senator Kennedy took on behalf of the past that has our flag at half-mast here at the National Trust, for today the preservation world lost a friend and an advocate -- a hero, as he was christened at our 2006 Restore America Gala. As the video below, prepared for that event, notes, historic preservation was a cause near to his heart, particularly when it came to sites in his native New England. While many of the tributes to Senator Kennedy will focus on other issues he championed, we in the preservation community know that we we have lost one of our own.

Sarah Heffern is the content manager for PreservationNation.org.

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.

 

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have a job that -- most days -- I really, truly love. But like all work, some days it's tiring, or frustrating, or otherwise dispiriting. On those days, I head over to the Flickr stream for our This Place Matters campaign to cheer myself up. No, I'm not kidding -- or kissing up. There is something about looking at the variety of images that slide by that just plain makes me happy. From country vistas to thriving downtowns, and buildings in every state of repair (and, sadly, disrepair) the pictures show a deep, heartfelt connection between people and places. The level of effort people have gone to -- gathering huge groups, donning costumes, erecting billboards -- is mind-blowing.

I found out recently, through a web radio interview, that Dolores McDonagh, one of our vice presidents, recovers from a tough day in the same way. In her conversation with Chris Epting, host of The Pop Culture Road Trip, she filled him in on the This Place Matters program (and it's magically restorative powers), the story of one of her places, and some of the work that's currently going on here at the National Trust.  If you keep listening after Dolores is finished, you'll hear some more stories on the preservation theme, as well.

Don't believe us that this slideshow can brighten your day? Take a look below... and then consider sharing a photo of your own. It's easy and, if you submit before September 15, you could be eligible to win a new camera.

Sarah Heffern is the content manager for PreservationNation.org.

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.

LA's Once-Endangered Ennis House Stabilized, on the Market

Posted on: July 31st, 2009 by Sarah Heffern

 

Yesterday morning as I walked into work, I ran into a colleague and, after exchanging the usual pleasantries, she told me about a great story she'd been listening to on NPR on her way into the office. It was about the Ennis House, an iconic Frank Lloyd Wright creation in Los Angeles that had fallen into such disrepair that it was included on our 11 Most Endangered list in 2005. After several years  -- and nearly 6.4 million dollars of stabilization and rehabilitation work by the Ennis House Foundation, with our assistance and that of the LA Conservancy and the Frank  Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy -- the house is now on the market.

NPR correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates shares the story of a house that starred in films, fell on hard times, and is now looking for its Hollywood ending.

Sarah Heffern is the content manager for PreservationNation.org.

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.

 

Today's Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star has a front page story and an an editorial about the ongoing battle with Wal-Mart over its planned superstore that threatens the Wilderness Battlefield. They take very different tacks, one pointing out the good work that Wal-Mart has done in the past when challenged to find a more sensitive location, and the other imploring the Orange County Board of Supervisors to do the right thing to honor the soldiers who fought and died on the land.

Which Wal-Mart lesson applies to Orange?

In certain instances, Wal-Mart collaborated with preservationists, [Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont] said. The Vermont trust took Wal-Mart officials on a tour of the state to show them what it thought were suitable, compromise locations.

That's how the Rutland site was chosen--with the governor's backing. "That's proven to be a good store for Wal-Mart," Bruhn said.

Orange, arise:

The Union and Confederate armies suffered around 29,000 casualties in the Wilderness--by coincidence, almost exactly the population of today's Orange County. If each American who died, bled, or disappeared in the Wilderness maelstrom audibly called out from the consecrated earth for remembrance, he would find an Orange resident, all his own, to hear his message

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From Gordonsville and Locust Grove, from the town of Orange to Barboursville, let every county beneficiary of heroes' striving turn out to oppose this location for a shopatropolis. Let county members of the NAACP join with Sons of Confederate Veterans, small businesspersons with school teachers, yellow-dog Democrats with run-mad Republicans, natives with transplants to say, "Somewhere else." Let them leave no doubt, however their representatives vote, what an aroused Orange County thinks about this ill-conceived plan.

The Free Lance-Star is only one voice in a growing chorus asking Wal-Mart to do the right thing -- and you can make your voice heard, too.  Email Wal-Mart President and CEO Michael T. Duke and ask him to use an alternate location for their proposed Supercenter that would not threaten our nation's heritage.

Sarah Heffern is the content manager for PreservationNation.org.

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.