Reflections

 

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 →

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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.

#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 →

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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.

 

Joan's father and mother pose on the historic home's steps in 2013. Credit: Joan Menzer
Joan's father and mother pose on the steps of the historic house where he spent his youth.

When National Trust employee Joan Menzer was in elementary school in the 1970s just outside of Washington, D.C., her father would occasionally drive the family past the Craftsman bungalow he had spent the first few years of his life in near the Palisades neighborhood of the city. And though the house -- which her great-grandfather, a streetcar driver, had built in 1927 -- had remained within her extended family into the 1980s, Menzer had never stepped foot inside.

Then, this past April, curiosity got the best of her. After talking it over with a few friends who own historic properties in the area, Menzer decided to write the owner a letter, offering up history of the house. The owner responded with an invitation to visit, and Menzer took her parents -- who had since moved away from the area but were back visiting -- to see it.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

Construction workers stand in the lighted scaffolding of the Washington Monument. Credit: Joe in DC, Flickr
Construction workers stand in the lighted scaffolding of the Washington Monument.

Earlier this summer a friend and I were driving home up I-395 when both of us stopped mid-sentence to gape at the skyline of our nation's capital. Looming before us was a spectacle of light, a familiar silhouette bathed in incandescence -- the Washington Monument brightening the night sky.

Enveloped in scaffolding for repairs following an earthquake in 2011, the monument was lit in early July by the National Park Service (much like it did for a previous restoration in 1998-2000), providing locals and visitors with a new view.... 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.

How I Will Help My Niece Fall in Love With History

Posted on: July 17th, 2013 by Priya Chhaya 5 Comments

 

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A girl walks by the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

In two weeks I am going to be an aunt for the first time. Needless to say my family is over the moon, and while the bulk of the awesome responsibility of raising my niece falls on my sister and her husband, I know that there is one thing that only I can do: get her to love history.

For many of us that passion and interest comes from our parents dragging our younger selves to various battlefields, museums, and historic houses -- field trips that in time allowed us to hone in on our love of the past. I also know that those same trips led others to avoid these places as adults, forever scarred by seemingly endless treks across cities and landscapes.

It’s a fine line between love and hate, but one that I am certain I can navigate. Here's how.... 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.