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This Place Matters: The Videos

Posted on: May 28th, 2009 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment

 

Preservation Month may be nearing its end (have you placed your bids in the online auction yet?) but our theme, "This Place Matters" is only getting started. Hundreds of photos have been submitted of places across the country, and our map is getting so full of flags that entire states are obscured. And now, videographers are getting into the act. Just today I found out about two great This Place Matters videos on YouTube -- one via email and the other through Facebook. They're very different in style, but are wonderfully alike in the fact that they share a passion for saving places.

The first comes from Marietta, Ohio, where the Campus Martius museum is threatened by state budget cuts.

According to the Marietta Times, the same young preservationist who posted that video also made an appearance before the Ohio Senate.

Marietta Middle School eighth-grader Cheyenne Lemasters, 14, visited Columbus last week to get that message to Ohio's Senate, still debating the budget.

"I just wanted to get the word out and thought it would be different from just making phone calls if they heard from me face to face," she said. "I wanted them to remember how important this is."

Lemasters, who also organized a recent rally in support of the museums, testified before four senators.

"It was very nerve-wracking," she said. "They were kind of intimidating but very nice to me. They gave me a lot of respect."

Our second video comes from students at SCAD, the Savannah College of Art & Design. Four students worked together to take "This Place Matters" to their home states, talking about endangered buildings in Albany, NY (The Hotel Wellington); Lexington, KY (The Gratz Park Historic District), Denver, CO (The Daniels & Fisher Tower); and the California State Parks. Each of the segments of the video share a little of the history of the places, as well as their preservation status.

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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.

Preservation Fund Grants Aid Endangered Sites

Posted on: May 19th, 2009 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment

 

Vizcaya’s Central Pool and South Façade, 2005. Image of the central pool in Vizcaya’s center garden, with the south façade of the main house in the background. (Photograph by Bill Sumner)

Vizcaya’s Central Pool and South Façade, 2005. Image of the central pool in Vizcaya’s center garden, with the south façade of the main house in the background. (Photograph by Bill Sumner)

Two sites with a connection to our 11 Most Endangered List have been selected to receive grants from the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation. This program, one of our Preservation Funds, provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants for projects that contribute to the preservation or the recapture of an authentic sense of place.

The Atomic Heritage Foundation – like one of our 2009 11 Most Endangered sites, the Manhattan Project's Enola Gay Hangar – has been listed by the Department of Energy as a Manhattan Project Signature Facility. The foundation received its grant to conduct a workshop focused on preserving and interpreting the Oak Ridge K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Built in 1943, the K-25 Plant was a major supplier of highly enriched uranium used to fuel the United States' Cold War nuclear defense systems. The planned workshop will focus on how to best preserve and tell the story of the plant and its workers as well as further the discussion on how to present the ethical, historical, technical, and political aspects of the Manhattan project.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, listed in 2008, received its grant to produce a cultural landscape report that will guide the preservation stewardship, rehabilitation and management of Vizcaya's gardens. Vizcaya was built between 1914 and 1917 by Chicagoan James Deering to serve as his winter residence. The historic gardens were oriented away from downtown Miami to afford guests a serene escape from the growing city.

These sites are but two of the 28 selected to receive either Favrot funds, or grants from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors. Grants from the two funds, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000, are awarded annually and must be matched dollar for dollar by public or private funds.

Learn more about:

This year’s Favrot/Mitchell Fund recipients
Preservation Fund annual report
the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list

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.

11 Most Endangered List Featured on NBC Nightly News

Posted on: April 29th, 2009 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment

 

I'm sure there are some people who are jaded about seeing their organization on the evening news, but I am not one of them. It might be a little geeky to admit, but I always get excited that that people all over the country are getting to hear about the good work that happens here at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Last night, though, I missed the story about our 11 Most Endangered list due to the NHL playoffs (the Washington Capitals advanced to the next round -- yippee!), but due to the wonders of the internet, I was able to catch the story when I got home from the game. In case you were also at the playoffs -- or doing something else that prevented you from watching the NBC Nightly News, here's the clip:



NBC wasn't the only news outlet that shared the story of the 11 Most Endangered yesterday -- the New York Times, Washington Post, and Time magazine were among a large group talking about our list.

If you missed the announcement altogether, this year's list can be found on the 11 Most Endgangered section of our website.

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.

Vote Early, Vote Often

Posted on: April 14th, 2009 by Sarah Heffern

 

Voting opened today for our annual Partners in Preservation program with American Express. This year, 25 sites in Greater Boston are competing for grant money. You can vote every day between now and May 17... That's right, every single day. The winner of the popular vote is guaranteed to win a grant, so getting involved can really make a difference.

We'll have an update from today's big announcement in Boston later today, but while you're waiting, visit the Partners in Preservation site and take a look at the contenders, pick your place, and cast your first vote.

Oh, and while you're online you can also invite a friend to vote and become a fan of Partners in Preservation on Facebook!

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.

Tell Us: What Place Matters to You?

Posted on: April 8th, 2009 by Sarah Heffern 2 Comments

 

Sharp-eyed preservationists watching Good Morning, America this past Saturday might have seen something familiar flash by in the "Your Three Words" segment. (Miss it? Go have a look... We'll wait.)

This Place Matters.

Chase Stone Barn, Wisconsin

Chase Stone Barn, Wisconsin

The folks at the Chase Stone Barn in Wisconsin filmed themselves shooting the photo above -- part of our This Place Matters campaign -- and sent it in to GMA for inclusion in the segment. We're so excited that they got such great national exposure for their beautiful barn!

What place matters to you?

Honor a your special place by sharing your This Place Matters photo with us -- or plant a flag on our map if you're a little camera-shy. If you're like me and can't think of how to pick just one place, there's no need to worry. You can add a photo or flag for all your favorites!

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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.