Preservation Tips & Tools

 

So far in our “How to Save a Place” toolkit series, we’ve covered why historic places matter, how to manage your expectations, and how to research and assess threats to a beloved place. The natural next step is, of course, how to find help -- which can be daunting in an environment where terms like “historic property” and “National Register” get thrown around interchangeably, with little explanation of who is responsible for what part of the process.

The good news is, the best bet is always to start close to home. The saying “all politics is local” is often true of preservation as well, particularly early in the process. Local laws and regulations are the first line of defense in saving many historic places and can usually get the job done, but sometimes it becomes necessary to escalate the fight to the state or even federal level. Knowing the basics of who does what at each level can make navigating preservation a great deal easier.... 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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

Our special toolkit series on how to save a place has touched on why historic places matter and how to manage your personal expectations for a preservation project. Now that you’re in the right mindset, it’s time to take your first steps towards actually saving the historic place that matters to you.

First, you’ll need to do your research on exactly what makes your place historically significant and understand the threats to your site’s long-term survival. These 12 tips will help you develop a strong foundation on which to build your preservation efforts.

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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.

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.

 

I’d known that I wanted to be a preservationist for two years by the time my history professor asked me what I was going to do with my degree. After I told her, she said, “You’d better get yourself a black dress because there are going to be some pretty tough fights and you can’t win them all.”

Whether we are pursuing preservation as a profession or just trying to save a historic landmark in our neighborhood, we all share a passion for old places, and that passion can absolutely make a difference in our communities. That said, given how complex and uncertain preservation projects can be, it’s important to prepare yourself for all the possibilities ahead.

Here are four tips on how you can manage your personal expectations before, during, and after your involvement in a preservation project.... 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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

 

Happy Preservation Month, everyone! To mark this annual celebration of all things place-based, we at the National Trust are presenting a special toolkit series called How to Save a Place. Consider it your preservation primer -- a one-stop shop for people who love places but aren’t sure how to save them.

The great news is, you don’t have to go it alone. Many valuable resources, materials, and people are available to help. Over the next four weeks, we’ll walk you through the key elements of saving a place, from where to start to who to contact, and every step in between. So whether you’re a historic homeowner, local nonprofit, or simply an active citizen, you’ll find something here to help you out.

Ready to take on this rewarding and exciting challenge? Terrific! Let’s start with a philosophical discussion -- namely, why do old places matter? And why should we do our best to save them?... 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.

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.

 

Some old buildings need a little love.

Around Christmas in 2012, Bernice Radle of Buffalo’s Young Preservationists got the idea to put a big red bow on a nearby vacant building to spread holiday cheer. Then it occurred to her to do the same with a heart-shaped cutout the following Valentine’s Day.

Thirty people helped Bernice place giant hearts on four vacant buildings, and heart bombing was born.

Today, three of those buildings are still standing and two have new owners -- a testament to the power of showing places (and their communities) that someone cares about them.

Since that February morning in 2013, heart bombing has spread to Philadelphia, Omaha, Hawaii, and beyond. (See our 2015 round-ups here and here .) We spoke with Bernice to get her best tips for a successful heart bombing event.... 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.

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.

 

For weeks you’ve driven awareness for your preservation issue with contact calling parties, Instagram tours of historic sites, and video interviews with supporters. Now, the finish line is nearing. You want to shift into high gear and make one last push to get the word out. Why not host a honk and wave?

The idea is simple enough. Find a busy thoroughfare, attract as much attention as you can, and display your issue. But there are always ways to fine tune the engine. Here are six tips that will help you put the pedal to the metal with your honk and wave event.... 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.

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.