Interviews

Smithsonian Latino Center Fellows: Latino History is Part of American History

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by Adriana Gallegos

 

Ivel Gontan and David McCormick enjoy the sights in DC during their fellowship. Credit: National Trust Historic Sites
Ivel Gontan and David McCormick enjoy the sights in DC during their fellowship.

Hispanic Heritage Month just wrapped up, and as always, showcased the history and accomplishments of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. Today we’re highlighting two rising Latino scholars who spent the summer working with us on some important projects. Thanks to the National Trust’s partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC), we were able to help empower the scholars to become leaders in the interpretation of Latino art, culture, and history.

One scholar is Ivel Gontan, a Cuban-American with a Master’s of Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University. This summer, she worked on a community engagement plan for the three National Trust Historic Sites in Washington, D.C.

Our other scholar, David McCormick, is proud of his Peruvian and Guatemalan roots, and also quite passionate about his career as an archaeologist. He gave us his perspective on his experience at the National Trust and about reaching out to diverse audiences.

I had the chance to interview Ivel and David and learn more about their passion to engage the Latino community in the conversation about preservation.... Read More →

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Adriana Gallegos

Adriana Gallegos

Adriana Gallegos is the Blogger Outreach Manager working to inform bloggers and online influencers about the National Trust’s mission. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family both in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Burgos, Spain.

[Interview] Former First Lady Laura Bush's Vision for Historic Preservation

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by Lauren Walser

 

Laura W. Bush, former First Lady. Credit: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Laura W. Bush, former First Lady

When I spoke with Laura Bush for the Fall 2013 issue of Preservation, she told us quite a lot about her lifelong interest in history and her commitment to preserving America’s historic sites as First Lady of Texas and later during her eight years in the White House.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t include it all in the space we had -- but we also couldn’t deny our readers from learning all she had to share. So we’ve included an expanded version of our interview here, for your reading pleasure.... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

The Places that Shaped Woodrow Wilson: A Conversation with Biographer A. Scott Berg

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by David Robert Weible

 

"Wilson," a biography by author A. Scott Berg. Credit: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Wilson, a biography of the 28th president of the United States by author A. Scott Berg

A. Scott Berg is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner who has made a career out of chronicling the lives of famous Americans like Charles Lindbergh and Katharine Hepburn. His latest, and possibly most ambitious biography, Wilson -- released on September 10 ($40, G.P. Putnam’s Sons) -- brings a personalized view of the nation’s 28th president, a man history often depicts as grim, cold, and aloof.

“In fact, Woodrow Wilson was an extremely passionate, highly emotional man of great intellect,” says Berg. “That being said, I think his story is the most dramatic story ever to unfold in the White House.”

I spoke with Berg to get an insider’s view of the book and an understanding of some of the places that helped to shape not only Berg’s view of Wilson, but Wilson’s view of the world.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

New Farnsworth House Director Maurice Drue Parrish on Experiencing Modernism

Posted on: September 16th, 2013 by Aria Danaparamita

 

Farnsworth House. Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois

Maurice Drue Parrish recently joined as the new director of the Farnsworth House, a National Trust site in Plano, Illinois -- and one of the most iconic expressions of modern architecture.

Parrish was born in Chicago and grew up just miles from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Illinois Institute of Technology campus. He studied architecture at University of Pennsylvania and Yale University, before entering arts and museum administration. This summer, he found himself in charge of another Mies van der Rohe design: the Farnsworth House.

He has important visions for the house museum, including protecting the house from recurring flooding. Now, he's here to share his appreciation for modernism, the unique challenges of a modern house museum, and why visiting the site means a personal experience with art.... Read More →

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Aria Danaparamita

Aria Danaparamita

Aria Danaparamita, or Mita, is a contributor to the PreservationNation blog and recent graduate of Wesleyan University. She enjoys walks, coffee, and short stories. Follow her odd adventures on Twitter at @mitatweets.

Civil War: The Untold Story: Q&A with Director Chris Wheeler

Posted on: August 23rd, 2013 by Julia Rocchi

 

"It's not just about who we were then. It's about who we are now."

So says Great Divide Pictures of its upcoming documentary series Civil War: The Untold Story. Slated to air in early 2014, the series looks at the Civil War through the lens of the Western Campaign, and also dives into the homefront, politics, slavery, and the relatively unknown roles African-Americans played in the conflicts.

This last point particularly interested us at PreservationNation, where we've covered the role of contraband -- or self-emancipated enslaved people -- on YouTube, on this blog, and through our work at National Treasure Ft. Monroe. We caught up with Chris Wheeler, the series' producer-director, to ask him what he learned about this forgotten piece of history while filming.... Read More →

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.