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Twitter Chat in Review: Bridging the Preservation Generation Gap

Posted on: February 6th, 2012 by Sarah Heffern 2 Comments

 

Over the months I've been co-hosting the #BuiltHeritage chats on Twitter, I've realized that they're one of the few things that reminds me that I am not a digital native. My job has allowed - in fact, requires - me to keep up with all of the latest happenings in the online world, which usually keeps me to feel like one of the kids online, but keeping up with the speed of the Twitter chat blows my mind. Every time.

I was reminded of this often during this month's chat about inter-generational preservation, which seemed to move at an even faster pace than usual. (More Millennials joined in, perhaps?) We had a lively discussion of the varied motivations people of different ages have for becoming interested in preservation and ways to keep them active and engaged. (Not surprisingly, holding events centered around food and drink came up - the recurring sub-theme of all the chats!) We also talked about some of the tougher questions - including how to break down stereotypes and how younger preservationists can make their voices heard.


The key takeaways seemed in many ways to echo those uncovered when we were talking about reaching out beyond the "usual suspects" back in August: get involved, don't generalize, and take it offline. Obviously, all of us who participate in the chats like online communication at least enough to have Twitter accounts, so remembering that not everyone does is critically important to bridging any generation gaps that come up.

Save the date: the next #BuiltHeritage chat will be held Wednesday, march 7, 2012 at 4:00 EST.

The slideshow above hits some of the highlights from the chat, and the full transcript is also available. For anyone looking to connect with other young preservationists, I'd like to recommend our group email list, which you can join by sending a message to subscribe-YoungPres-l@lists.nationaltrust.org.

Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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.

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.

 

As someone who joined the National Trust before I was 20 and got a job here less than 10 years later, I have never understood the lament that there are no young people in preservation. I was by no means alone in my age group when I started, and as I've aged in place at the Trust, I've seen many more twentysomething preservationists join our ranks. And yet, it's a persistent theme - leading me to wonder if the problem isn't so much that there aren't young people in the movement, but that there's not enough connection and collaboration between younger and older preservationists. If that's the case, it seems like something that is solvable, right?

Solutions are just what we'll be looking for in our next #BuiltHeritage chat on Twitter. We'll discuss how to dispel age-related stereotypes; develop projects and workplaces that play to the strengths of multiple age groups; how Boomers, GenXers, and Millennials can mentor one another; and more. Please join us on at 4:00 EST on Wednesday, February 1.

Here’s how to participate in the chat:

1. Sign in to Twitter, TweetDeck or TweetChat. We (the chat moderators) usually use TweetChat since it adds the hash tag automatically and allows for easy replies and re-tweets.

2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage

3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other participants using replies and retweets.

Oh, and what we mean by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderators as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and such still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.

If you can’t join in live, don’t worry – we’ll also post a transcript shortly after the chat.

A quick housekeeping note for those who have been participating in the chats for a while: We have transitioned the @PresConf Twitter handle into @PresNationLive, in order to give it broader use for all our live-tweeting needs... And to give followers of @PresNation a break from the chat onslaught. Therefore, we'll be cutting back to two moderators, @PresNationLive and @jonaskayla. Please follow the new "Live" account if you're not already, and we look forward to chatting with you next week.

Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is now accepting guesses as to how long she's been working at the Trust. (Be kind, folks.)

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.

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.

Twitter Chat in Review: The Resolutions Will Be Tweeted Edition

Posted on: January 6th, 2012 by Sarah Heffern

 

Chat Recap: The Resolutions Will Be TweetedWell, 2012 is nearly a week old now, so the window for reflecting on 2011 and resolving for 2012 is closing rapidly. Before time runs out, however, I want to share some highlights from this week's Twitter chat on preservation resolutions, pulled together via Storify. As is always the case, the hour flew by - and I was again struck by how hugely passionate everyone on the chat is about preservation. If there's a better way to start a new year than with passion, I don't know what it is.

If the slides below leave you hankering for more, be sure to check out the full transcript.

The topic for next month is still TBD, but be sure to mark Wednesday, February 1 at 4:00 p.m. EST on your calendar for our next Twitter chat!


Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Until her heart is broken during the playoffs in the spring, she'll be dividing her Twitter passions between preservation and the Washington Capitals.

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.

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.

Twitter Chat on Preservation Resolutions Next Wednesday

Posted on: December 28th, 2011 by Sarah Heffern

 

I'm pretty sure I've said this before, but 2011 was a bit of a whirlwind - and now that it's coming to a close, I honestly cannot remember what happened over the last 12 months. And yet, here I am at the last Wednesday of the year, with a need to tease the first #builtheritage Twitter chat of 2012. (2012! How is that even possible?!)Twitter logo

In honor of the new year, we're going to be talking about resolutions, specifically around our work as preservationists. (Not a preservationist by trade? No problem! We're talking big tent here - all building huggers are welcome.) Are there specific buildings you want to save? Communities you want to help revitalize? Historic places you want to visit? I can't wait to hear everyone's ideas for preservation in 2012!

And when will we be doing this? Next Wednesday, January 4, at 4:00pm EST.

Here’s how to participate in the chat:

1. Sign in to Twitter, TweetDeck or TweetChat. We (your friendly chat moderators: Julia, Kayla, and I) usually use TweetChat since it adds the hash tag automatically and allows for easy replies and re-tweets.

2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage

3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other tweeters using replies and retweets.

Oh, and what we mean by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderators as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and such still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.

If you can’t join in live, don’t worry – we’ll also post a transcript shortly after the chat.

Hope to hear from you!

Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. At the moment, she's on her holiday staycation, trying to figure out how a "don't let time pass you by" resolution might work.

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.

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.

Twitter Chat in Review: Preservation and the Holidays Edition

Posted on: December 13th, 2011 by Sarah Heffern

 

Neighborhood Christmas tree near Barracks Row Main Street, Washington, DC. (Photo: Sarah Heffern)

In the 10 months I've been co-hosting the #builtheritage chat on Twitter, I can't remember a one that has taken off as quickly as this month's about preservation and the holidays. Sometimes during our Twitter chats it takes a few minutes for the conversation to really get off the ground. Not so this time around - everyone came armed with ideas and examples about celebrating the holidays at historic sites and on Main Streets.

I gathered some of the tweets into Storify to capture links to a handful of the great programs mentioned (there's still a full transcript available), but I think one of the overriding themes is worth mentioning here, too: nostalgia. It was clear from everyone's comments remembering successful events they'd hosted or attended was that the holiday season relies more heavily on personal nostalgia than other times of the year. So, when making plans to celebrate on your Main Street, or at your historic site, think about connecting people to their past in a local and personal way - and about building new memories they can carry into the future.


Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She's hopelessly nostalgic about Christmas and was glad to find she's not alone in this.

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.

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.