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2008's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places Announced

Posted on: May 20th, 2008 by Sarah Heffern

 

Not surprisingly, we spend a lot of time here at the National Trust for Historic Preservation thinking about threatened sites and how we can play a role in saving them – especially at this time of year, when we announce our annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Budget cuts, deferred maintenance, road construction, and development are among the dangers faced by sites on 2008’s list, which includes California’s State Parks, Charity Hospital and adjacent neighborhood in New Orleans, and New York’s Lower East Side.

The History Channel has prepared a great video, posted below, that describes the places listed this year, and why these places matter. You can also learn more -- and take action -- at the special 2008 11 Most Endangered 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. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

This Place Matters

Posted on: May 13th, 2008 by Sarah Heffern

 

May is National Preservation Month, and to celebrate, we're kicking off a new campaign called "This Place Matters." We're asking you to tell us about places that matter -- large and small, nationally significant and personally priceless. We're collecting photos and stories on our website and videos on our YouTube channel.

We've already heard about some great places that matter, including:

Learn more -- and submit your favorite place on our website.

And if pictures just aren't enough, consider sharing a video about your favorite place, like the two below:

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.

Richard Moe Interviewed on "The Q & A Cafe with Carol Joynt"

Posted on: May 9th, 2008 by Sarah Heffern

 

Yesterday, National Trust for Historic Preservation President Richard Moe was interviewed for Washington, DC's The Q&A Cafe with Carol Joynt. The 45-minute conversation covered a variety of topics -- from the changing role of the vice president (Moe was chief of staff to Vice President Walter Mondale), to the newest National Trust Historic Site, President Lincoln's Cottage, to the importance of Main Street communities. He discussed endangered sites in DC -- most notably St. Elizabeth's Hospital and the Smithsonian Arts & Industries building, both of which have been listed on the 11 Most Endangered list in recent years. Moe also fielded questions on the relationship between historic preservation and sustainability, the ongoing restoration efforts along the Gulf Coast, and the National Trust's first international project, Finca Vigia in Cuba.

If you happen to be in the DC area, the program will be repeated several times over the weekend:

  • Friday at 8:00 p.m. on Washington, DC Cable/TV-16,
  • Saturday at 6:00 p.m. on Washington, DC's NewsChannel 8, and
  • Sunday at 11:00 p.m. also on NewsChannel 8.

For those of you outside the capital city, there's YouTube:

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.

Happy RSS Awareness Day!

Posted on: May 1st, 2008 by Sarah Heffern

 

RSS Awareness DayWhat is RSS? No, not some scary anti-preservation legislation -- it's Really Simple Syndication, and it will change the way you use the Internet. The folks putting on RSS Awareness Day have created a handy page where you can watch a video about what RSS is and how it works. In a nutshell, you choose a newsreader site (like netvibes or iGoogle), sign up for syndication feeds from the sites you like, and whenever there is new information posted it comes to your personal page. It's the easiest way possible to know when something is new in PreservationNation.

We offer several options for feeds here on the blog, including a feed for the entire site, as well as specialized feeds our most popular topics, sustainability/green preservation and Gulf Coast recovery. On the main PreservationNation website, you can subscribe to Today's News from Preservation magazine; Preservation in the News, a daily roundup of media stories about preservation; or a listing of current job opportunities with the National Trust for Historic Preservation -- or all three!

There are several other blogs within the PreservationNation family that also offer RSS feeds:

Oh, and though you can't use RSS to do it, you can also become a subscriber to PreservationNation's brand-new YouTube Channel and learn about our new videos as soon as they are posted.

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.

Author Edith Wharton's Home Facing Foreclosure

Posted on: April 16th, 2008 by Sarah Heffern

 

The MountThe Mount, Edith Wharton's spectacular classical revival country house and its extensive Beatrix Farrand-designed formal gardens, were reborn following a 10-year, $13 million total restoration, for which it received a 2007 Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. One of few National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women, this western Massachusetts site is in imminent danger of foreclosure. A fund raising campaign is now underway to raise the funds necessary to stop the foreclosure. Learn more...

-- Wendy Nicholas, director of the Northeast Office, contributed to this story.

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.