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It Takes a Village: How Boise, Idaho is Celebrating its Sesquicentennial

Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by Aria Danaparamita

 

The BOISE 150 SESQUI-PARTY on July 7, 2013 commemorated the 150th anniversary of the first platting of Boise. An estimated 16,000-20,000 people attended and were treated to performances at four different staging areas by local musicians, cultural groups, dancers, storytellers, and more -- it was a great party!
The BOISE 150 SESQUI-PARTY on July 7, 2013 commemorated the 150th anniversary of the first platting of Boise. An estimated 16,000-20,000 people attended and were treated to performances at four different staging areas by local musicians, cultural groups, dancers, storytellers, and more.

This year, Boise, the capital city of Idaho, celebrates its 150th anniversary. Explorers and missionaries began arriving in the Boise River's fertile valley in the early 1800s. The U.S. military established Fort Boise on July 4, 1863. By 1867, the town consisted of 140 blocks and its population almost tripled between 1900 and 1910.

Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, Boise grew in population, economy, and culture. Hewlett-Packard and Micron Technology led the city in technological advancements, while the environment -- the Boise Foothills, River, and surrounding desert -- enjoys preservation. Today, Boise’s creative energy and artistic entrepreneurship continues to move the city forward.

The Boise City Department of Arts & History led the effort to commemorate Boise’s 150th anniversary -- or sesquicentennial -- in 2013, which evolved into a wide-scale initiative: BOISE 150. With support from the mayor and city council members, a small but passionate crew comprised of city staff, contractors, volunteers, and grantees developed an array of programs to celebrate Boise’s past, present, and collective future.

Want to see how the whole city is in on the act? Check out the BOISE 150 slideshow after the jump.... Read More →

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Aria Danaparamita

Aria Danaparamita

Aria Danaparamita, or Mita, is a contributor to the PreservationNation blog and recent graduate of Wesleyan University. She enjoys walks, coffee, and short stories. Follow her odd adventures on Twitter at @mitatweets.

[Sitings] Touro Synagogue: 250 Years in the Making

Posted on: September 14th, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue building in the United States. Credit: Joseph A, Flickr.
Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue building in the United States.

Touro Synagogue, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Newport, Rhode Island, was dedicated in 1763 and is the oldest synagogue building in the United States. The synagogue is considered one of the most architecturally distinguished buildings of 18th-century America and the most historically significant Jewish building in the United States.

Each year, over 30,000 visitors cross the synagogue threshold to pray, see its magnificent interior, and hear its remarkable story. Check out the slideshow to see more.... Read More →

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Mame McCully

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[Sitings] Cliveden: Historic Estate and Battle Site

Posted on: September 7th, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Cliveden was built between 1763 and 1767 by Benjamin Chew and in the more than 200 years to follow, seven generations of his family went on to live in the mansion. Credit: Michael Feagans, Flickr.
Cliveden was built between 1763 and 1767 by Benjamin Chew and in the more than 200 years to follow, seven generations of his family went on to live in the mansion.

Cliveden, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is located on 5.5 acres of historic parkland in northwest Philadelphia. Discover this unique site and learn more about the people who lived there and the role this place played in American history and freedom.... Read More →

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Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

[Sitings] Acoma Sky City: Ancient Pueblo Atop New Mexico

Posted on: August 31st, 2013 by Mame McCully 1 Comment

 

Acoma Pueblo is built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff in a valley. Credit: gardener41, Flickr.
Acoma Pueblo is built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff in a valley.

Just a short drive from Albuquerque, New Mexico is Acoma Sky City, one of the villages that is home of the Acoma Pueblo tribe. Visitors come to the mesa for the incredible scenery, to learn about the traditions of the Acoma people, and to explore this stunningly beautiful and very spiritual place.... Read More →

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Mame McCully

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[Sitings] Drayton Hall: A Three-Century Tour

Posted on: August 24th, 2013 by Mame McCully 2 Comments

 

Drayton Hall. Credit: Ray Gaensler, Flickr
Drayton Hall in Charleston, S.C.

Drayton Hall, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is located in Charleston, S.C. Visitors come from all over to experience and learn about this beautiful and historic southern plantation, and to uncover the history and stories that Drayton Hall holds.... 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.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.