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[10 on Tuesday] Preservation-Themed Movies

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Emily Potter 1 Comment

 

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The historic Lincoln movie theater in Cheyenne, Wyo.

We know there’s no substitute for visiting historic places and experiencing firsthand the stories they tell and the history they bring to life, like when you step into an old movie theater or pull up to a drive-in and feel the magic about to begin.

But for the times when you can’t get out to a historic site or for whenever you’re in the mood to simply cozy up on the couch, we’ve put together a big list of preservation-themed movies worth a watch.... Read More →

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Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

The National Register Rap: Meet the Minds Behind the Music

Posted on: February 10th, 2014 by Julia Rocchi 2 Comments

 

Sam Crystal, Katie DeCecco, Nate Dawes, and Carol Vinatieri. Credit: Grumpy Group
Sam Crystal, Katie DeCecco, Nate Dawes, and Carol Vinatieri: the group behind the "National Register Rap"

When the National Register Rap dropped in early December 2013, it went "preservation viral" -- as in, everyone who's ever navigated the National Register (NR) process immediately recognized and shared the funny (and useful) video.

We caught up with the masterminds behind the rap -- Nate Dawes, Katie DeCecco, Carol Vinatieri, and Sam Crystal, all historic preservation students at the University of Mary Washington -- to learn how they put it together, what they'd like people to discover about the National Register, and what their personal plaques would say.... Read More →

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for 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.

 

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Items sold at the two Astrodome “yard sales," such as seats and Astroturf, were popular in the Dome Mobile as well as with many passionate fans.

When Jason, Beth, and I were driving around Houston in the Dome Mobile, people talked to us for many different reasons – Our charming personalities (obviously)! The swag we were handing out! The fact that we had a 26-foot truck parked somewhere they wanted to be! But they were also drawn in by two very Astrodome-specific things:

1. The end-zone Astroturf lining the floor of the Dome Mobile
2. The four orange Astrodome seats sitting in the Dome Mobile

Harris County, which owns the Astrodome, has had two different “yard sales” where devoted fans could buy assorted items from the Dome, including pieces of Astroturf and pairs of the iconic seats. In the days and weeks afterwards, we saw photos of these items showing up on our @SavingPlaces Instagram and Twitter feeds. Most often, people were buying items for the mancaves/fancaves and as gifts for others.

Though the future of the Astrodome is still complicated, we wanted to share some of our favorite photos. We also asked the photographers what made them want seats from the Dome. (Ed. note: Some entries edited for length and clarity.)... Read More →

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Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

How Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Shaped the Man in Black

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by David Robert Weible 2 Comments

 

The Cash home in Dyess before Arkansas Sate acquired it in 2011. Credit: Beth Wiedower
The Cash home in Dyess before Arkansas Sate acquired it in 2011.

Listening to his music, it’s easy to picture a young Johnny Cash running around a rural Southern town causing trouble and learning the life lessons that inspired his simple but profound folk, rock, blues, and country tunes.

Well, that rural Southern town was the community of Dyess in northeastern Arkansas, and now fans of the late Man in Black will soon have a chance to do just the same.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

Lost: Univision Building Demolished in San Antonio

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by Lauren Walser 2 Comments

 

Demolition of the Univision building continued last week to make way for a $55 million, 350-unit housing development. Credit: Sylvia Gonzalez
Demolition of the Univision building continued last week to make way for a $55 million, 350-unit housing development.

Residents of San Antonio watched last week as the 1955 Univision building fell to the wrecking ball, despite a long, hard battle fought by the city’s preservationists and activists to save it.... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.