By Tim Mikulski
Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week. This week we’ve rounded up stories on a few of our National Treasures, one of our historic sites, and our HOPE Crew initiative.
“A 79-year-old floating lighthouse that once illuminated the passage for ships through the choppy waters of the Nantucket Shoals will shine its powerful main beacon this summer for the first time in 40 years. The owners of the Nantucket Lightship LV-112, the oldest ship of its kind and the largest ever built in the United States, will flip the switch on the ship’s beacon Aug. 7.” – The Boston Globe: Historic lightship to shine for first time since 1975
“The goal of the program, called HOPE Crew by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is to train youngsters on restoration skills. In Prince William Forest they are repairing windows and masonry at some of the cabins in the camping areas...’ The goal of the program is to engage young people in their National Parks that are close to them. We work on a lot of different scales on a lot of different projects, but at the end of the day it’s all historic preservation,’ said Monica Rhodes, associate director of HOPE Crew.” – NBC-4 TV Washington: HOPE Crew’s Forest Fix-Ups in Prince William County
“The New York State Pavilion was built by Philip Johnson for the 1964 World's Fair and subsequently abandoned to time. And though the fate of the famous structure was once in doubt, it is now definitely on the way to being saved and rebuilt... The Tent of Tomorrow was opened to the public for the first time in years at the 50th anniversary of the fair last spring. Now, the walls of the tent have been restored and this spring the crowd-funded New York State Pavilion Paint Project began to repaint the Pavilion's exterior ‘crown’ in bright yellow.” – Curbed: New York State Pavilion Is Being Restored to Its 1964 Colors
“The side of a building on Louisville's historic Whiskey Row collapsed after a large blaze erupted there Monday afternoon. Three buildings were damaged in the fire — 111, 113 and 115 West Main Street — all part of a project to redevelop the historic buildings into new lofts, retail and restaurant space called 111 Whiskey Row. The fire was reported at about 4:30 p.m. in the same block the Brown-Forman Corp. plans to create the Old Forester distillery experience. Those buildings were spared from damage in Monday's fire, according to one of the developers.” – USA Today: Fire Ravages Louisville’s Famed Whiskey Row
“A day after the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Drayton Hall director George McDaniel and his staff were still trying to comprehend the enormity of the event. Yet McDaniel, who is retiring in September after 26 years of overseeing Drayton Hall, still firmly believes that an understanding of history—both the good and the bad—has increasing relevance in today’s world and can bring people together to work through what he calls “troublesome” history.” – Preservation Leadership Forum Blog: Looking Back and Looking Forward at Drayton Hall with George McDaniel
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