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It’s All Fun and Games at the President Woodrow Wilson House

Posted on: August 10th, 2015 by Lauren Walser No Comments

 


At the President Woodrow Wilson House's Vintage Game Night guests can enjoy 1920s-era board games, croquet in the garden (weather permitting), and locally-brewed beer.

It’s not every day you can party at a president’s house. But at the President Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood, things get rowdy the first Wednesday of every month as doors open for Vintage Game Night.... 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.

Preservation in Play: Five Old Playgrounds Worth Visiting

Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by Julia Rocchi 3 Comments

 

Giant Stride ca. 1910-1915 as would be seen on a Model Playground. Credit: Library of Congress.
This piece of playground equipment is called a Giant Stride, ca. 1910-1915.

By this point in the summer, with humidity building and activities dwindling, kids on break from school are likely to turn to the most classic of childhood activities: a visit to the playground.

Though you might not think of them this way, these ubiquitous community spaces have a fascinating background all their own, as Kaitlin O'Shea (of Preservation in Pink fame) shared with us in her post, The History of Playgrounds. So, in honor of the dog days of summer -- and all the industrious kids bringing their imaginations outside -- we're sharing five older or historic playgrounds around the country that might inspire you to do the same.... 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.

[Summer Concert Series] James Brown at the Apollo Theater

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by David Weible

 

Summer is concert season, and as part of our own summer concert series, we're putting the spotlight on places that have witnessed some of the most memorable musical performances in American history. Some are traditional venues, and others… well, not so much. But they all have two things in common: terrific music and fascinating history.

Liner Notes

Performer(s): James Brown and the Famous Flames (Bobby Byrd, Bobby Bennett, and Lloyd Stallworth)
Venue: The Apollo Theater
Location: Harlem, New York City
Date: October 24, 1962
Memorable Moment: After nearly 11 minutes of practically torturing the crowd with “Lost Someone,” Brown slips into "Please Please Please." The crowd responds like the building is collapsing. It’s incredible.
Show Vibe: Thirty-one minutes of desperate flirtation between entertainer and audience swelling with funk, anguish, and lust.... 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.

Plunge Into the Past With These Five Historic Swimming Pools

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by Kara Timberlake 4 Comments

 

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Coral Gables' Venetian Pool is a cornerstone of the community.

In the wake of our previous historic swimming pools post, we’ve arranged a tour of five more historic pools to help you escape the sweltering summer heat. Dip your toes into these refreshingly cool swimming spots from around the country.... Read More →

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Kara Timberlake

Kara Timberlake

Kara Timberlake is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. An aficionado of coffee and music, she loves to discover hidden stories through reading, traveling, and meeting new people.

[Historic Bars] Chicago’s Southport Lanes

Posted on: July 16th, 2015 by David Weible

 

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Southport Lanes sits less than a mile from Wrigley Field on Chicago's North Side.

If this blog is any indication, the bar enthusiast of today exists in a world of nearly boundless choice. Trendy speakeasies, prim and proper cocktail lounges, back yard biergartens, and the deep confines of dives beckon in an endless siren song of booze-sodden bon humour.

But if you ask me, there’s nothing better than a corner bar where the beer is cold, the bartender knows your name, and you call the next game of pool by stacking your quarters on the edge of the table.

And while sanctuaries like this have largely gone the way of the affordable apartment in places like New York and D.C., Chicago may still be the capital of the genre.

If you’re looking for an example, Southport Lanes (SPL) is a good place to start.... 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.

[Summer Concert Series] Talking Heads at the Pantages Theatre

Posted on: July 16th, 2015 by Katherine Flynn

 

Summer is concert season, and as part of our own summer concert series, we're putting the spotlight on places that have witnessed some of the most memorable musical performances in American history. Some are traditional venues, and others… well, not so much. But they all have two things in common: terrific music and fascinating history.

Liner Notes

Performers: David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth, Ednah Holt, Lynn Mabry, Steven Scales, Alex Weir, Bernie Worrell

Venue: Pantages Theatre

Location: Hollywood, California

Date: December 1983

Memorable moment: The concert film Stop Making Sense was filmed over the course of a four-night stand by the Talking Heads at the Pantages Theatre. Director Jonathan Demme wanted to shoot additional scenes on a soundstage made to recreate the Pantages, but the band thought the lack of audience response would hinder their performance’s energy.

Show vibe: Stop Making Sense was shot during the Talking Heads’ tour in support of their fifth studio album, Speaking In Tongues, when the band was arguably reaching the peak of their fame. Audience members are featured briefly in only a few of the movie's shots, but to this day, filmgoers dance in the aisles at public screenings.... Read More →

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.