We started you off on a cross-country road trip with Summer Travel Part 1. Now we're revving our engines for the next leg, which sees us passing through the “Cradle of American Culture” to the Badlands out West.
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This summer, you don't need to seek something exotic and adventurous abroad. The U.S. has plenty of adventures close at hand, from the storied Boston Harbor to a historic village in Ohio to the bridges of Yosemite Valley.
Just as with the places we recommended for spring break travel, the sites we’ve selected for your summer travel pleasure tell a unique story about our American history. Unfortunately, these places are also threatened by neglect, insufficient funds, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy, but your enthusiasm about discovering them can inspire more people to visit and preserve them as well.
Yes, simply experiencing these places firsthand can have a lasting positive impact. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get out of here!
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By Linda S. Glisson, Assistant Director for Information Resources, Main Street
As a passionate photographer and preservationist, I’m always on the lookout for fascinating buildings, from the funky to the sublime. Washington National Cathedral, winner of this year’s Partners in Preservation contest and also one of our National Treasures, is definitely the latter.
From the light streaming through stained glass windows and bathing the interior in a rainbow glow to the fantastical creatures that adorn the outside, National Cathedral is a photographer’s dream. Every time I visit I discover something new. And no wonder: There are 112 gargoyles, the last completed in 1987, and more than 3,000 grotesques and other architectural carvings.... Read More →
A group of former students at the Cleveland Chinese Mission School gathers at the plaque dedication. From left: Fee Joe, Ed Joe, Kellogg Wong, Fun Pang, J.W. Dunn (seated), Annette Joe, Vice Mayor Ted Campbell, and Bobby Moon.
The Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum, as Frieda Quon explains it, is a labor of love -- a project that stems from the desire of the children of Chinese immigrants in the region, like herself, to make sure that their unique history isn’t lost.... Read More →
Big news today from one of our National Treasures: Joe Frazier's Gym, a modest space in Philadelphia where Smokin' Joe perfected his punch, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This listing marks an important milestone for the preservationists -- including Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Heritage Consulting Group, and Temple University -- who have been working for 18 months to save the gym and breathe new life into this historic site.... Read More →