Preservation Tips & Tools

 

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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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.

 

One of the realities of the preservation movement is that it needs to continue to cultivate younger, more diverse followers. But to reach a generation that may be less interested in learning preservation facts and figures and more interested in experiencing history through lenses like design and pop culture, you need a different approach.

Hosting an Instagram tour of a historic place can do just that, and has the added bonus of meeting Millennials where they spend a good chunk of their time: on their phones.

The idea is to offer a behind-the-scenes, curated tour of a historic place and have attendees document the experience through photographs. The photographs are then aggregated and shared on Instagram and labeled with a hashtag that helps identify the event. (Check out this tour example at one of our National Treasures, Union Station.)

Here are seven tips to running a successful Instagram tour.... 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.