Reflections

 

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 →

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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.

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 →

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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.

Prentice Women's Hospital: A Eulogy

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by Guest Writer 4 Comments

 

Written by Anjulie Rao

Anjulie Rao, left. Credit: Mike Hari, fadeoutfoto.com
Anjulie Rao and Prentice Women's Hospital. Headshot photo courtesy of Mike Hari, fadeoutphoto.com

On October 12, 2012, I was thrown out of the Apple store on North Michigan Avenue, Chicago. I may have cried after the employee said, gruffly, he could not help me. Granted, I was overwhelmed by school, tired from the long walk to the store, and was feeling helpless in a city where I was a brand-new citizen.

I left in a hurry, dodging crowds of shoppers and tourists. The noise, the bustle -- it was all too much. The stench of new clothes, the one you wash your brand new jeans twice before wearing to get rid of, filled the air as I walked past the storefronts.

Taking a right, I headed toward the lake down an unknown side street where it felt like the quiet echoed amongst the calamity. This, and the breeze from the lake, drew me in. One block down, it seemed to go silent. Walking past walls of glass, I realized I had entered the Northwestern Hospital corridor. Steel, white concrete, and the glimmering facades enveloped me.

If Chicago was host to the White City of the World's Fair, this street was host to the Glass Village.

And then, she appeared. A monolith of matte concrete, arched and radiating toward the street.... Read More →

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The Ballpark: America's Secular Holy Land

Posted on: July 4th, 2013 by David Robert Weible 3 Comments

 

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Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles has been home to the city’s National League team since 1962.

For as long as the game has been played, baseball has been a mirror for our society, reflecting American culture and values, and serving as an arena for the competition of ideas. Racial equality, principles of democracy, and ethical controversies have all played out on its fields. And while it’s the game that has given the fields their purpose, it is the fields that have added to the character and soul of the game.... 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 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.