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A New “Constellation” Over Bannerman Castle

Posted on: July 9th, 2015 by Lauren Walser No Comments

 

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"Constellation" rises over Bannerman Castle.

There's a new set of stars shining over the ruins of Bannerman Castle, a former military surplus warehouse on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River 60 miles north of Manhattan. It's the work of Beacon, New York-based artist Melissa McGill, who grew curious about the island and its mysterious brick and stone structure as she passed them by train.

After researching the island's history, McGill worked with local preservation groups to install 17 poles around the ruins, ranging in height from 40 to 80 feet, each with a solar-powered LED light on top. One by one, the lights turn on at sunset, creating a new constellation above the ruins.

Some lights mark a current architectural feature of the castle; others mark what was once there. Together, they create a set of stars connecting the castle’s past to its present.

Constellation will shine above Bannerman Castle for the next two years. Check out the photo essay below for more about the history of this island and how this public art project is shaping the skies.... 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.

[Travel Itinerary] Lowell, Massachusetts

Posted on: July 2nd, 2015 by David Weible No Comments

 

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Trolley tours through Lowell National Historical Park are free of charge.

One of Lowell, Massachusetts’ defining qualities -- beyond being a hard-working, blue-collar town -- is change.... 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.

[Historic Bars] Flat Tire Lounge in Madrid, Iowa

Posted on: July 2nd, 2015 by Lauren Walser No Comments

 

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Flat Tire Lounge is in an old Quonset hut originally used by the railroad. It now features a new 800-square-foot deck.

A pint of beer after a summer afternoon bike ride? Yes, please.

Flat Tire Lounge in Madrid, Iowa, can deliver just that. This bike-friendly bar opened in 2011 as the vision of a group of local friends.... 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.

[Summer Concert Series] Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial

Posted on: June 29th, 2015 by Kara Timberlake 3 Comments

 

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): Marian Anderson, accompanied by pianist Kosti Vehanen

Venue: Lincoln Memorial

Location: Washington, D.C.

Date: April 9, 1939 (Easter Sunday)

Memorable Moment: Then-Interior Secretary Harold Ickes introduced Anderson to the stage, saying “Genius draws no color lines, and so it is fitting that Marian Anderson should raise her voice in tribute to the noble Lincoln, whom mankind will ever honor.”

Show Vibe: More than 75,000 crowded the National Mall while millions of radio listeners tuned in to hear Anderson.... 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.

 


Singer and songwriter Ben Folds launched the Save Studio A Campaign last year and has joined the National Trust in naming Music Row a National Treasure.

In the upcoming Summer 2015 issue of Preservation, the multi-talented Ben Folds talks with us about his fight to save Nashville’s RCA Studio A, the iconic 1960s recording studio he has leased for more than a decade. After learning last summer that it was being sold to a developer, the singer, songwriter, and producer launched the Save Studio A Campaign. And earlier this year, he joined the National Trust in naming Music Row a National Treasure. Read on for more from our interview.... 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.

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.

 

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Chambers Bay is the first course in the Pacific Northwest to host the U.S. Open Championship.

Today, the best golfers from around the world will tee off in the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay Golf Course outside of Tacoma, Washington.

On top of making history as the first course in the Pacific Northwest to ever host the event, Chambers Bay has an interesting story of its own. The site was once home to an ancient Native American fishing village, a military fort, a sand and gravel mine, a conservation area, a waste water treatment facility, and now, of course, a championship-caliber golf course.

But of the many historic venues that have hosted the U.S. Open over the years, only four have transcended the game of golf and established themselves as icons of American history as National Historic Landmarks. Continue reading to find out which courses have made the cut.... 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.