National Treasures

Space to Reflect: The 57th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral

Posted on: January 25th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

This post, written by National Trust Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer David J. Brown, originally appeared on SavingPlaces.org.

Outside Washington National Cathedral the morning of the 57th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service. Credit: NewsHour, Flickr
Outside Washington National Cathedral the morning of the 57th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service.

Every four years, when the country gathers to inaugurate a president, some of the nation’s most historic buildings take center stage. From the Benjamin Latrobe-designed St. John’s Church where the First Family attends a morning service, to the White House where the President meets with his successor or the leaders of Congress, to the U.S. Capitol where the Chief Executive takes the oath of office under a magnificent dome largely completed during the darkest days of the Civil War -- our nation’s peaceful transfer of power occurs in and around stately buildings that are cherished witnesses to history.

And the inauguration ceremonies end the following morning at yet another historic building -- Washington National Cathedral -- where the nation’s secular and religious leaders gather for the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service.... Read More →

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A Sister's Love: The Story Behind the Malcolm X – Ella Little-Collins House

Posted on: January 21st, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 5 Comments

 

Written by Alicia Leuba, Field Director, Boston Office

Built in 1874, this is the last known surviving boyhood home of Malcolm X.  Credit: Steve Dunwell
Built in 1874, this is the last known surviving boyhood home of Malcolm X.

Two of the things I like most about my work with the National Trust are the people I meet and the stories I hear. My work on the Malcolm X House has provided me an opportunity to hear stories not only about Malcolm X as a boy and young man, but also of his older half sister Ella Little-Collins, as told by Rodnell Collins, Ella’s son and Malcolm X’s nephew.

I knew a bit about Malcolm X going into the project -- his role as a social justice and civil rights leader, his leadership in the Nation of Islam -- but nothing about Ella. By talking with Rodnell, I have learned about Malcolm’s life and his important relationship with his half sister, who is credited with playing an influential and supportive role throughout his life.... Read More →

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[SLIDESHOW] Instagram Tour: Nantucket Lightship

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by Roberta Lane

 

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time at the National Trust, it’s that people love lighthouses. I’ve had the privilege of working with a passionate, effective corps of advocates for these romantic beacons, and have often met fans who make a point of visiting lighthouses while touring around our country.

There is a similar band of preservationists focused on saving historic vessels. I think people are so compelled by these elements of our maritime heritage because they represent the best of the American spirit -- ingenuity, grit, sacrifice, and adventure.

So I find it really satisfying, but not surprising, to see how much delight is inspired by the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, a floating lighthouse and one of our National Treasures. You can learn more about the Lightship and our work there on SavingPlaces.org, but in the meantime, enjoy a photographic jaunt through this endearing (floating) place.

Find me on Instagram at robertal7, and the National Trust at presnation.

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Roberta Lane

Roberta Lane

Roberta Lane is the Senior Field Officer and Attorney for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s New York City Field Office. She has been with the National Trust since 2006, delivering preservation technical assistance and legal guidance in the field.

[SLIDESHOW] Merry Christmas from the Historic Village of Zoar!

Posted on: December 25th, 2012 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

The setting sun over the Zoar Garden. Credit: Andy Donaldson
The setting sun falls over the Zoar Garden.

What better way to celebrate the warmth and joy of the season than by returning to one of our most photogenic historic sites, the Historic Village of Zoar?

Local photographer Andy Donaldson, ever ready with his camera, captured the town's recent Christmas in Zoar event, and we wanted to share some of his favorite shots with you. Enjoy this National Treasure in all its winter beauty, and Happy Holidays to you and yours!... Read More →

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Update on the National Trust’s Sandy Recovery Efforts in NYC

Posted on: December 21st, 2012 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Damage at Liberty Island. Credit: NPS/Daley
National Park Service staff walking along Liberty Island after Hurricane Sandy.

Nearly two months after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the mid-Atlantic states, we wanted to share an update on affected sites in the New York metro area and the National Trust’s efforts to support recovery.

On December 13, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan Jarvis, along with a small group of journalists and other stakeholders, toured damaged places in the New York City region. Of the 70 national parks and dozens of wildlife refuges that sustained damage from the storm, the 15 parks located in and around NYC were among the hardest hit, including Liberty Island and Ellis Island. (Ellis Island is one of our National Treasures, a portfolio of endangered places the National Trust is working to protect.)

The National Trust’s representative on the tour, Alicia Leuba, reports that the impacts are wide-ranging: Not only have the National Parks of New York Harbor suffered damage to their natural and built environments, but they’re experiencing an economic setback at tourist sites such as Gateway, Fire Island, and the Statue of Liberty, which contributed more than half a billion dollars to the local economy last year and support nearly 4,400 jobs.... Read More →

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