Local Preservationists

 

In popular culture, cemeteries have something of a bad reputation, considered by many to be sad or creepy on their best day, and downright haunted on their worst. But this is by no means a complete or accurate view; they also can be beautiful, peaceful, historic, and educational.

Overall, cemeteries need to be well-researched and preserved so they can tell us more about how people in the past viewed death and burial. This toolkit is designed to help you start researching cemeteries; you can find more information on how to save them in our publication Preservation of Historic Burial Grounds.

Please note: In this post we’ve focused on 17th - 19th century burial grounds -- essentially non-modern churchyards, cemeteries, and family plots. A future toolkit will take on prehistoric and Native American sacred and burial sites.

1. Be sensitive. If there is a golden rule to the preservation of cemeteries and burial grounds, it is to be aware that our diverse country is home to a wide variety of burial customs. Take into account cultural sensitivities when working above-ground, and employ only professional, trained archaeologists for below-ground research.

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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. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

Written by Annie Gray Dixon, National Trust Intern

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“Save the Taylor.” The people of Edenton rescued town icon Taylor Theatre from closing down.

As the pace of world continues to only get faster, small movie theaters all across America are vanishing from our landscape. Film companies are requiring theaters to convert from 35mm to digital by the end of the year. The theaters that cannot afford the $65,000 minimum conversion cost are closing their doors. “Convert or die” is the new reality for many small-town movie theaters.

However, the people in the historic town of Edenton, North Carolina refused to let this happen to their beloved Taylor Theatre.

With a population of only 5,000, Edenton is small in size but mighty in spirit and motivation to save a place near and dear to the community’s heart. Having lived in Edenton my whole life, I am happy to share the story of the people in my town who saved the Taylor Theatre.... 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.

Guest Writer

Although we're always on the lookout for blog content, we encourage readers to submit story ideas or let us know if you've seen something that might be interesting and engaging for a national audience. Email us at editorial@savingplaces.org.

 

Written by Annie Gray Dixon, National Trust Intern

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Henryton State Hospital in Eldersburg, Md., is a focus of Speak Up For Buildings, a preservation nonprofit started by high school student Madeline Feierstein.

Whether it be insane asylums or old family homes, preservationists are all connected through their one common cause: love of preserving the past, one building at a time. Now, one young preservationist has made it her mission to save historic places by spreading awareness of buildings that have been neglected and are in danger of demolition.

Madeline Feierstein, a senior at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland, started her own nonprofit organization, Speak Up For Buildings, to “address historic preservation concerns.” Her focus right now: Henryton State Hospital, located in Eldersburg, Maryland.... 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.

Guest Writer

Although we're always on the lookout for blog content, we encourage readers to submit story ideas or let us know if you've seen something that might be interesting and engaging for a national audience. Email us at editorial@savingplaces.org.

Jack White Lends A Hand To Detroit's Masonic Temple

Posted on: July 3rd, 2013 by Katherine Flynn 10 Comments

 

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A close-up of the intricate stone work on the temple’s façade.

Detroit’s neo-gothic Masonic Temple towers over the Cass Corridor, a midtown stretch containing two historic districts and some of the city’s most striking design. The temple is the largest of its kind in the world, standing as a testament to the teeming behemoth of a city that Detroit once was, and its resilience in the face of economic fallout and population decline in more recent years.... 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.

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

[10 on Tuesday] How to Save Your Older or Historic Barn

Posted on: July 2nd, 2013 by Julia Rocchi 5 Comments

 

Barns are as American as apple pie -- emblematic of our agricultural heritage and rural character. But around the United States, many older and historic barns are deteriorating and disappearing, threatened by changing farming practices, urban sprawl, and the complexities in maintaining these unique structures.

Whether you own a barn on your property, have them throughout your community, or simply enjoy seeing them appear on the landscape during road trips, consider how you can help preserve them. Here are 10 ways to save an older or historic barn in your area:... 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.

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.