National Treasures

On The River: Episode 1 Takes You Down the Historic James River

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by Julia Rocchi

 

Visitors to the James River see largely the same view as Captain John Smith did when he traveled the historic waterway in 1607.
Visitors to the James River see largely the same view as Captain John Smith did when he traveled the historic waterway in 1607.

The James River is “America’s founding river,” yet not everyone has the opportunity to visit it in person. So for this entire week, we at Preservation Nation are taking you on a virtual trip down this beautiful, historic waterway, so you can see for yourself what would be lost if Dominion Virginia Power goes through with its disruptive power line proposal.... Read More →

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the director of 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.

[Interview] Matthew Silva, Modern Champion for a “Modern Ruin”

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by Julia Rocchi

 


Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion - Promo I from Matthew Silva on Vimeo.

For the past three years, the futuristic New York State Pavilion -- a National Treasure looking for a new future of its own – has enchanted many people with its dramatic design and World Fair history. One of those people became so enchanted that he decided to make a film about the structure -- a passion project that quickly grew into a larger grassroots campaign to save the Pavilion.

That person is Matthew Silva, co-founder of People for the Pavilion and the filmmaker behind the documentary “Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion.” His tireless efforts behind the camera, on social media, and at the site itself have not only helped get more people talking about the Pavilion, but it’s brought them together as well, focusing their energy on reinvention for an inventive space.

This week, the documentary that started it all three years ago is having its world premiere. So before the curtain goes up, we chatted with Silva to learn more about his fascinating route from schoolteacher to filmmaker to preservation advocate.... 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 director of 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.

 

National Trust staff at the James River, one of our National Treasures.
National Trust staff at the James River, one of our National Treasures.

The Down to the Wire team is hard at work and on the move, letting Virginia (and the nation) know about Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to put high-voltage power lines across the beautiful, historic James River. Last week, we took the campaign to Jamestown: the birthplace of our country, and an area that would be directly impacted by these power lines.... 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.

 

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The first part of the African House murals.

In March, the National Trust named Melrose Plantation’s African House a National Treasure, kicking off the designation with a HOPE Crew project to restore the African House’s roof. Now, we continue to detail the African House’s historical influence and unique cultural heritage by exploring its murals and the artist who created them.

The African House murals are nine panels of folk art that depict the colorfully rich, day-to-day life and culture of the Cane River Country’s Creole inhabitants. But more than that, these murals lend insight into the life of artist Clementine Hunter during the early 20th century.... 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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

Celebrating National Park Week 2015: Where History and Nature Intersect

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

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Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, speaks at the Jefferson Memorial on Thursday, April 16.

It’s National Park Week 2015 -- a week-long celebration hosted by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation that encourages the public to visit, volunteer at, and share stories of their favorite parks. The week’s events include a weekend of free admission, a day of service on Earth Day, and online sharing of user photos and memories.... 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.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

 

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The Down to the Wire campaign van in front of Dominion Power's office building in Richmond.

Last week, the Down to the Wire team hit the road and made its first big stop in Richmond -- right in Dominion Power’s front yard. Our message was loud and clear: Find an alternative to putting high-voltage power lines across the beautiful, historic James River at Jamestown. And the people of Richmond turned out to let us know they agree.... 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.