Reflections

Beyond Beauty: Seeing Possibility in All Historic Places

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by Priya Chhaya

 

Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. Credit: CohenKenny, Flickr
Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.

We often talk about historic places by their physical characteristics. It’s a building. A landscape. A barn. A train station. A home. We’re saving places.

But let’s try an experiment. Close your eyes. Clear your mind. What is the first thing that you see when you think about your favorite historic site?... Read More →

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Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.

 

Over the next few months, we'll be featuring posts from our colleague Tom Mayes, deputy general counsel at the National Trust and a 2013 Rome Prize winner in Historic Preservation from the American Academy. (Follow Preservation Leadership Forum for Tom's periodic essays on "why old places matter.") Here on PreservationNation, he'll be sharing his reflections on preservation at home and abroad.

Outside Venice's Arsenale, where the Biennale was held. Credit: Thompson Mayes
Outside Venice's Arsenale, where the Biennale was held

I recently took a quick trip to Venice to see the 55th Venice Biennale, an international art exhibition that happens every two years. Over two days, I wandered through the installations at the two primary locations -- the Giardini and the Arsenale.

Although I entered the exhibition thinking only about experiencing art, I quickly recognized that many works dealt with preservation issues. With a theme of the Encyclopedic Palace -- the idea of capturing all the world’s knowledge in a museum -- it’s not surprising that many of the artists grappled with themes of history, place, collective memory, and identity.... Read More →

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Giving Thanks for Preservation's Most Essential Part: Its People

Posted on: November 21st, 2013 by Priya Chhaya

 

Thirty Instagram aficionados went behind the scenes at Miami Marine Stadium in October 2013. Credit: RAYMEDphotography
Thirty Instagram aficionados went behind the scenes at National Treasure Miami Marine Stadium in October 2013.

Fall is when the leaves change color, the temperature lowers, and we look to places that bring us warmth and comfort. It is the season when we return home, the space where the first spark of the past comes together in a real and personal way. Autumn is a visible reminder of the passage of time, and when we Americans articulate our thanks for what the year has brought.

This fall, I am thankful for the people of preservation.... Read More →

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Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.

 

The Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial, located across Beacon Street from the State House in Boston, serves as a reminder of the costs of the Civil War. Credit: Zemistor, Flickr.
The Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial, located across Beacon Street from the State House in Boston, serves as a reminder of the costs of the Civil War.

From where I stood the sun was bright, highlighting the perfect green of a lawn spotted with mingling groups of people, while sending slashes of light across the front of the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial. Located on a far corner of Boston Common, the faces brought into focus in the sculpture were individual, real, and determined.

As if on a loop, tour bus after tour bus whipped by and I caught snatches of voices talking about the “brave men of the 54th,” “Glory,” and “Denzel Washington.” But amid the cacophony one voice rose above the others -- a single park ranger animatedly describing the history of the first documented African-American regiment. He was speaking in front of the memorial to a group of visitors at what I realized later was the start of the Black Heritage Trail tour of Beacon Hill.... 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.

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.

#SavingPlacesMOW13: Places that Connect Us to Our Heritage

Posted on: August 29th, 2013 by Adriana Gallegos

 

Marchers at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Marchers at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

As the country celebrated the historic March on Washington yesterday and its significance for the civil rights movement, we at the National Trust took the opportunity to ask people along the March route about places that inspire them and represent important connections to their heritage.

The answers we received reflected the diversity and history of our country, from the Statue of Liberty to a Latino neighborhood in New Mexico. People were full of hope and eager to keep their pasts -- both personal and shared -- alive.

We even caught up with journalist Scott Pelley from "CBS Evening News" and "60 Minutes" -- his answer will surprise you!... 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.

Adriana Gallegos

Adriana Gallegos

Adriana Gallegos is the Blogger Outreach Manager working to inform bloggers and online influencers about the National Trust’s mission. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family both in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Burgos, Spain.