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Twitter Chat Recap: Travel, Bucket Lists, and Announcements

Posted on: June 26th, 2013 by Sarah Heffern

 

Historic marker for Hasbrouck House in New Paltz, NY. Photo courtesy Robert A, Flickr.
Historic marker for Hasbrouck House in New Paltz, NY.

Going into the summer months, there's no better topic to cover than travel, since most everyone is thinking about hitting the road at some point. For that reason, historic travel was the topic of our June #builtheritage Twitter chat.

We had a great conversation about our bucket lists, serendipitous preservation discoveries, festivals and reenactments, and our favorite ways of saving and sharing all our travel memories. (Surprise discovery: I'm not the only preservationist who loves using Foursquare to find places to go when I'm on vacation.)

A slideshow of highlights is below, and there's a more complete transcript is available as well.

Ordinarily, this is where I would announce our next topic, but in keeping with today's vacation theme, today's news is that we'll be taking the month of July off from the #builtheritage chat. With our regularly scheduled date/time being on the eve of the Fourth of July -- and, therefore, a long weekend for many of our U.S. participants -- we thought folks might be embarking on a little historic travel of their own, rather than sitting at their computers.

We'll be back in August at our usual time, 4:00 p.m. EDT on the first Wednesday of the month -- August 7. See you then!

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.

 

Last week, in our ongoing series about renovating and rehabilitating historic homes, we looked at managing the construction process -- and today, we’re looking at the closely related topics of managing the budget and keeping costs down. Of course, everyone wants the best work they can afford, and by following a few easy steps, you can make your dollars go farther.

1. Know your budget. How much you have (and want) to spend on a project is a personal decision that needs to take into account your finances, home value, local real estate values, availability of loans, etc. Having this number in mind at the start of the project is key because it can help you make decisions from what contractor to select to the kinds of materials and finishes you can afford.
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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.

Frager's Hardware, Washington D.C. Icon, Devastated by Fire

Posted on: June 7th, 2013 by Sarah Heffern 3 Comments

 

Frager's Hardware, c. 2008. Photo courtesy GarberDC, Flickr.
Frager's Hardware, c. 2008

I still remember when I learned there was more to Frager’s Hardware than its three ground-level store fronts and garden center. I had arrived in search of adjustable window screens and after wandering aimlessly for less than a minute (it was impossible to go longer with a confused expression without being helped at Frager’s), a kind gentleman led me up the stairs to the left of the cash registers into a part of the store I hadn’t known existed, and quickly found me my screens. I can’t honestly say I know where he got them from, however, because I was too busy marveling at my surroundings.

Frager’s was like shopping in my grandmother’s attic.
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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.

Twitter Chat Recap/Reminder: Preservation Jobs and Historic Travel

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by Sarah Heffern

 

Ketchikan, Alaska. Photo courtesy Sarah Heffern
Ketchikan, Alaska

It may not be the solstice yet, but with Memorial Day in the rear view mirror and the thermostat nearing 90 degrees (here in D.C., at least), summer is definitely here -- and with it, the urge to head off on a vacation. We've already shared not one, but two lists of ideas to whet your appetite for summer travel, and now we're taking on the topic for our June #builtheritage Twitter chat.

If you're interested in discussing your favorite historic travel destinations, your most serendipitous preservation finds, and the heritage festivals that have you hitting the road, this is the chat for you! We'll be chatting next Wednesday, June 5, from 4:00-5:00 EDT.... 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.

 

Miami's Art Deco hotels by night. Photo courtesy Sarah Heffern.
Miami's Art Deco hotels by night

For quite some time now, I've had a Sunday morning ritual. I get up about 8:45, make some coffee and peanut butter toast, grab my iPhone, and settle into my couch to watch -- and live-tweet -- CBS Sunday Morning with my friends Alison and Jenna. This past Sunday, however, was much more exciting than usual, because it quickly became clear that the episode's "design" theme was heavily laced with historic preservation.... 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.

 

Last week, after completing our series on how to buy a historic house, we embarked on the next step in the process: deciding whether to restore or rehabilitate your home. Once that’s decided, the fun really begins, since it involves playing detective. There are clues all around to what your house may once have looked like; you just need to know where to look.

We covered the go-to-the-library angle before in our 10 Ways to Research Your Home’s History toolkit, so today we’ll look more closely at what your house and its immediate surroundings might be trying to tell you. ... 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.