National Treasures

Introducing the Panama Hotel, A Bittersweet Symbol of Hope

Posted on: April 9th, 2015 by Geoff Montes 3 Comments

 

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The Panama Hotel in Seattle has been named the newest National Treasure.

How do you pack a lifetime into two suitcases?

In the weeks following the Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941, Japanese-Americans were confronted with that very question, forced to decide what warranted inclusion as they prepared to go to an undisclosed location for an undetermined amount of time. The story of what they left behind is integral to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s newest National Treasure, the Panama Hotel in Seattle, which served as a repository for the trunks, suitcases, and boxes that couldn’t be brought along.... Read More →

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Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes is the Editorial Assistant for Preservation magazine. He enjoys Art Deco architecture, any activity that can be done at the beach, and cotton candy.

Saving the Palace of the Governors is Personal

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015 by Tom Wall 5 Comments

 

When the National Trust announced the Palace of the Governors would be named a National Treasure in January 2015, I was elated to have the opportunity to help save a place that means a great deal to me. I was born and raised in Santa Fe, and to me (and many New Mexicans), the Palace is an institution.

Everyone who has lived or spent time in Santa Fe has a memory from the modest-looking adobe “Palace,” which, in addition to being the oldest continuously-used public building in the United States, holds the equally important distinction of serving as the backdrop of fond memories for many generations of New Mexicans over its 400-year life.... 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.

Tom Wall

Tom Wall is the Associate Manager of Community Outreach. His background includes television production, journalism, nonprofit communications, and marketing. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tom is a graduate of the George Washington University, with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication.

 

The "Down to the Wire" campaign will have its own vehicle cruising around town to help save the James River.
The "Down to the Wire" campaign will have its own vehicle cruising around town to help save the James River.

Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is kicking off an on-the-ground campaign to mobilize support to protect one of our National Treasures, the historic James River at Jamestown.... 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.

Tom Wall

Tom Wall is the Associate Manager of Community Outreach. His background includes television production, journalism, nonprofit communications, and marketing. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tom is a graduate of the George Washington University, with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication.

 

Sunrise over Fort Monroe. Credit: OkiGator, Flickr

Ten years ago I visited Fort Monroe with my colleague Free Harris, who served then as the National Trust’s director for diversity. The tour with Free, whose family is rooted in Hampton, was an eye-opener and my first step toward understanding what President Obama has called the fortress’s “storied history in the defense of our nation and the struggle for freedom.” Since then I’ve done my best to share Fort Monroe with my own family and to advocate effectively for this National Treasure.... Read More →

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Rob Nieweg

Rob Nieweg

Rob Nieweg is a Field Director & Attorney for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He leads the National Trust’s Washington Field Office, which works to save historic resources in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He has worked as a preservation advocate since 1989.

 

By Barbara Lau, Director of the Pauli Murray Project at Duke Human Rights Center

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Future home of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, 2012.

Pauli Murray (1910-1985) was an accomplished human rights activist, historian, attorney, poet, and teacher who believed in justice, reconciliation, and freedom. “As an American,” she wrote in 1945, “I inherit the magnificent tradition of an endless march toward freedom and toward the dignity of all mankind.”

Mentor to luminaries such as Eleanor Holmes Norton, Marion Wright Edelman, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Pauli Murray referred to this march in a Ms. Magazine interview as a relay race. Today, the goal of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice is to nurture the next generation of Pauli Murrays -- and its new home will be none other than her childhood house.... Read More →

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The Royal Visit Continues: Preservation in Louisville

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by David Weible

 

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(Left) The Prince of Wales arrives at Louisville's Filson Historical Society for the announcement of Heart of Louisville as the National Trust's newest National Treasure. (Right) National Trust President and CEO Stephanie Meeks meets with Prince Charles.

On Friday, March 20, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall continued their visit to the United States in Louisville, Kentucky. As with previous days spent in Washington, D.C., the royal couple devoted significant time to the American historic preservation movement and the National Trust itself.... Read More →

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David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.