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CityLove: Tour Little Rock by Instagram

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

Little Rock Instagram. Credit: loughran20
Another sunset walk along the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River. -- @loughran20, Allister Loughran

Up next in our CityLove blog series: Little Rock, Arkansas. Named after a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River called la Petite Roche (French: "the little rock"), the "little rock" was used by early river traffic as a landmark and became a well-known river crossing.

However, our research and conversations have convinced us that the only “little” part of Little Rock is its name. This community is embracing its history, incredible cultural resources, and it’s natural surroundings in a big way, all of which we'll explore in our future CityLove posts.

This month, we wanted to mix things up a little bit, so we’re starting with our Instagram tour. Be sure to check back in coming weeks for our overview of the city, as well as an interview with a local preservationist. Enjoy!... 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.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

CityLove: Tour Boise by Instagram

Posted on: March 7th, 2014 by Grant Stevens

 

Boise Instagram. Credit: dansventure
One thing I love about Boise, you can see this, in about an hour. Did I sell you? -- @dansventure, Dan

Instagram remains one of our favorite ways to explore a city when we can’t visit it in person. For the third Boise post in our CityLove series, we’re highlighting some of the exceptional Boise Instagrammers we discovered as well as some of the places readers mentioned we missed in the first blog post.

Also be sure to check out our other posts about Boise (an overview of the city and our interview with Kris Wilson). Enjoy!... 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.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

 

Union Station

If you have traveled through Union Station recently, you might have noticed the massive scaffolding constructed in a portion of the Main Hall and seen various folks with hardhats scurrying up and down its considerable frame. The restoration of the ceiling, undertaken by Union Station Redevelopment Corporation and supported in part by a grant from American Express Company, has hit its stride and as the first completed section is revealed.

Let me take you through the process of restoring this National Treasure.... 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.

Rob Nieweg

Rob Nieweg

Rob Nieweg is a Field Director & Attorney for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He leads the National Trust’s Washington Field Office, which works to save historic resources in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He has worked as a preservation advocate since 1989.

 

Items sold at the two Astrodome “Yard Sales,
Items sold at the two Astrodome “yard sales," such as seats and Astroturf, were popular in the Dome Mobile as well as with many passionate fans.

When Jason, Beth, and I were driving around Houston in the Dome Mobile, people talked to us for many different reasons – Our charming personalities (obviously)! The swag we were handing out! The fact that we had a 26-foot truck parked somewhere they wanted to be! But they were also drawn in by two very Astrodome-specific things:

1. The end-zone Astroturf lining the floor of the Dome Mobile
2. The four orange Astrodome seats sitting in the Dome Mobile

Harris County, which owns the Astrodome, has had two different “yard sales” where devoted fans could buy assorted items from the Dome, including pieces of Astroturf and pairs of the iconic seats. In the days and weeks afterwards, we saw photos of these items showing up on our @SavingPlaces Instagram and Twitter feeds. Most often, people were buying items for the mancaves/fancaves and as gifts for others.

Though the future of the Astrodome is still complicated, we wanted to share some of our favorite photos. We also asked the photographers what made them want seats from the Dome. (Ed. note: Some entries edited for length and clarity.)... 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.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

 

Credit: @nationalmall, Instagram
“#TBT The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree looks out over the National Mall during the holiday season. #Christmas #NationalMall #Washington #DC #USA #Capitol” -- @nationalmall, The National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Since starting in the Community Outreach Department at the National Trust back in mid-October, I’ve feel like I’ve been on the move a fair amount -- moving to a new city, making a Thanksgiving trip to see friends and family in New York City and New Jersey, doing Community Outreach projects in Houston and Miami, and taking part in our headquarters move to the Watergate Office Building.

But coming from Iowa to DC, I’m used to cooler weather in the fall, and right now winter doesn’t feel particularly, well, wintery. Talking with my parents back in Iowa made me miss snow, so last week I scanned the @savingplaces Instagram feed for snowy shots from historic places.

Here were some of my favorites:... 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.

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.