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[SLIDESHOW] Instagram Tour: Mount Auburn Cemetery

Posted on: January 7th, 2013 by Roberta Lane 1 Comment

 

Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass., is one of the most significant historic cemeteries in the country, an astounding public amenity and site of repose, and one of my favorite places. Opened in 1831, this National Historic Landmark was among the first "landscape cemeteries," a major departure from the stark burying grounds that came before. And it also happens to be a couple of short miles from my home.

Now, a confession: I'm addicted to Instagram. And for a while after becoming addicted, I actually held off on photographing at Mount Auburn. I was saving it, as I wanted to be there on the perfect day, with unlimited time, because the artistry and design collected there are out of this world.

And that's the point, right? Transcendence. What I really wanted was to channel historic Mount Auburn’s transcendence out to others, using this handy tool for connecting with people around the world.

The result is my first "Instagram Tour," in which I'll take you through some of my favorite spots in the cemetery and share fun facts along the way. I hope you'll get to visit in person one day, but until then, let this virtual tour whet your appetite.

Find me on Instagram at robertal7, and the National Trust at presnation.

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Roberta Lane

Roberta Lane

Roberta Lane is the Senior Field Officer and Attorney for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s New York City Field Office. She has been with the National Trust since 2006, delivering preservation technical assistance and legal guidance in the field.

[SLIDESHOW] Dispatches from a Cross-Country Road Trip

Posted on: December 27th, 2012 by Lauren Walser 2 Comments

 

I had my camera at the ready when I and my partner, Blaise, moved from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles this past summer -- and drove the entire way. (Remember when I blogged about it?)

You can read more about my adventure in our upcoming Winter 2013 issue of Preservation magazine issue, but for now, explore some additional behind-the-scenes photos of my journey.

Do you have cool road trip pictures to share? Head over to our Facebook page and show us what you've got!

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

[SLIDESHOW] How Preservation Transformed Two Small Towns in Kansas

Posted on: December 26th, 2012 by Gwendolyn Purdom 3 Comments

 

For our upcoming winter issue of Preservation magazine, I had a chance to travel to rural Plainville and Hays, Kansas, where I spent a few days with entrepreneur Chuck Comeau, the founder of Dessin Fournir and a designer who has been buying up empty historic storefronts and reviving them to house his luxury furnishings business and other ventures for nearly 20 years.

The magazine didn’t have enough pages to include all the cool pictures photographer Jason Dailey took of these now-vibrant communities, so we’ve put together a slideshow for you with some of the shots that didn’t make it to print. Enjoy!

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[SLIDESHOW] Merry Christmas from the Historic Village of Zoar!

Posted on: December 25th, 2012 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

The setting sun over the Zoar Garden. Credit: Andy Donaldson
The setting sun falls over the Zoar Garden.

What better way to celebrate the warmth and joy of the season than by returning to one of our most photogenic historic sites, the Historic Village of Zoar?

Local photographer Andy Donaldson, ever ready with his camera, captured the town's recent Christmas in Zoar event, and we wanted to share some of his favorite shots with you. Enjoy this National Treasure in all its winter beauty, and Happy Holidays to you and yours!... Read More →

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

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[SLIDESHOW] Holidays and History at the White House

Posted on: December 19th, 2012 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment

 

Vermeil Room. Credit: Sarah M. Heffern

When I was a little kid, I remember my dad looking at the massive amount of Christmas decorations that came out of the attic every year and saying to my mom, "You decorate like you were raised in an orphanage!" We all took this to mean that he thought my mom perhaps over-did things a bit, and in a way, he was right: Mom did decorate every surface in our house.

But I, as a result, am wildly enthusiastic about Christmas decorations, so I jumped at the chance when a friend -- and National Park Service preservation colleague -- offered me one of her tickets to see the White House all tricked out for the holidays. (Fun fact: The White House is a National Park.)

The White House, I am happy to say, did not disappoint. While my mother was not in any way involved in the decorating process, her "decorate everything" ethic was clearly on display. From tabletops to mantles and from archways to the Presidential Seal, our president's home was festively -- and beautifully -- adorned.

Here are some of my favorite snapshots of my White House visit -- enjoy!

Descriptions of the decorative themes of the rooms are taken from the booklet "Joy to All: Holidays at the White House 2012," which is provided to all visitors.

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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.