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Twitter Chat Recap/Reminder: Historic Schools and Preservation Conferences

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by Sarah Heffern

 

Ask a preservationist what to do with a historic school building in need of a new life, and the answer is usually a quick one: keep using it as a school. We tend to be passionate advocates for adapting existing buildings to modern needs, and schools are no exception. Of course, given demographic changes to communities over time, it's not always possible to keep the buildings education-focused, in which case adaptive reuse becomes our goal.

This balance between original use and adaptive use -- and how to advocate for either -- was the subject of the September #builtheritage Twitter chat. As always, we had a lively conversation, full of great examples from around the U.S. and Canada. The Storify slides above touch on the highlights of the chat.... Read More →

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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. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

A kids costume contest at Beaufort Historic Site during the 2013 Pirate Invasion. Credit: SuttonIs, Flickr.
A kids costume contest at Beaufort Historic Site during the 2013 Pirate Invasion.

Want to get a bunch of preservationists talking? Ask them how they developed their love of history and places -- and how they go about passing that enthusiasm to the kids in their lives. You'll get stories and feedback galore, ranging from finding preservation via romance novels to learning it on school field trips, and everything in between.

Such was the conversation during August's #builtheritage Twitter chat.... 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.

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. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

Twitter Chat Reminder: Getting Kids Interested in Preservation

Posted on: July 31st, 2013 by Sarah Heffern

 

Instilling a love of architecture from a young age: My nephews built the Fallingwater LEGO set at the ages of seven and four. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Heffern)
Instilling a love of architecture from a young age: My nephews built the Fallingwater LEGO set in 2011, at the ages of 7 and 4.

On our way to a baseball game a few weeks ago, I had an awkward moment with my 9-year-old nephew as we passed a building slated for demolition near the ballpark.

“Auntie Sarah,” he said, “I want to be here when they blow up that building. I think watching a building blow up would be so cool!”

My preservationist heart skipped a beat. How could the boy I’d been indoctrinating with architecture-themed LEGOs since he was 6 think blowing up a building was cool?... 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.

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. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

Twitter Chat Recap: Travel, Bucket Lists, and Announcements

Posted on: June 26th, 2013 by Sarah Heffern

 

Historic marker for Hasbrouck House in New Paltz, NY. Photo courtesy Robert A, Flickr.
Historic marker for Hasbrouck House in New Paltz, NY.

Going into the summer months, there's no better topic to cover than travel, since most everyone is thinking about hitting the road at some point. For that reason, historic travel was the topic of our June #builtheritage Twitter chat.

We had a great conversation about our bucket lists, serendipitous preservation discoveries, festivals and reenactments, and our favorite ways of saving and sharing all our travel memories. (Surprise discovery: I'm not the only preservationist who loves using Foursquare to find places to go when I'm on vacation.)

A slideshow of highlights is below, and there's a more complete transcript is available as well.

Ordinarily, this is where I would announce our next topic, but in keeping with today's vacation theme, today's news is that we'll be taking the month of July off from the #builtheritage chat. With our regularly scheduled date/time being on the eve of the Fourth of July -- and, therefore, a long weekend for many of our U.S. participants -- we thought folks might be embarking on a little historic travel of their own, rather than sitting at their computers.

We'll be back in August at our usual time, 4:00 p.m. EDT on the first Wednesday of the month -- August 7. See you then!

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. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

Twitter Chat Recap/Reminder: Preservation Jobs and Historic Travel

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by Sarah Heffern

 

Ketchikan, Alaska. Photo courtesy Sarah Heffern
Ketchikan, Alaska

It may not be the solstice yet, but with Memorial Day in the rear view mirror and the thermostat nearing 90 degrees (here in D.C., at least), summer is definitely here -- and with it, the urge to head off on a vacation. We've already shared not one, but two lists of ideas to whet your appetite for summer travel, and now we're taking on the topic for our June #builtheritage Twitter chat.

If you're interested in discussing your favorite historic travel destinations, your most serendipitous preservation finds, and the heritage festivals that have you hitting the road, this is the chat for you! We'll be chatting next Wednesday, June 5, from 4:00-5:00 EDT.... 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.

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. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.