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[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Tabby

Posted on: August 26th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 1 Comment

 

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Original tabby concrete walls of slave housing at Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island, Florida, built in 1814.

On the coast of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, there are fascinating ruins of buildings made of a concrete-like material that has stood the test of time: tabby.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division’s Glossary of Preservation Services and Terminology defines tabby as:... Read More →

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Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

How to Apply for Grants from the National Trust Preservation Fund

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

This post originally appeared on the PreservationNation blog on January 14, 2013. An updated version from the Grants team appears here.

Interior of the Eygyptian Theatre, Coos Bay, Oregon. Credit: Oregonkat, flickr
Interior of the Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay, Oregon.

Fun fact: In 2014, the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded just over $1 million to nearly 200 projects across the country through its small grant program. This annual program supports local preservation organizations’ efforts to preserve and protect important places in their communities.

  • In Texas, Preservation Dallas received a grant to create a mobile app of The Pegasus Urban Trail. The trail, developed by local volunteer group the Urban Armadillos, takes visitors through areas of downtown Dallas and includes information on some of the city's most iconic buildings and places.
  • In South Carolina, the Historic Charleston Foundation used a grant to create a three dimensional photo-realistic digital rendering of the double parlors at the Aiken-Rhett House. The goal of project is to offer an alternative to replicating missing or damaged historic fabric and to enhance interpretation of the rooms in the mid-19th century grandeur.
  • In Oregon, the Liberty Theatre Foundation’s grant for their facade planning project resulted in a completed set of architectural plans to be used for the restoration of the Liberty in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the overall restoration project.

In the Grants office, we field calls and questions throughout the year about our grants program from people eager to do similar work in their communities. So we compiled a quick Q&A to help guide potential applicants. Read on to learn how a grant from the National Trust might be available to kickstart a preservation project in your hometown.... 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.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

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14 End of Summer Reads for the Preservation Buff

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by Gwendolyn Purdom 1 Comment

 

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After a summer packed with historic site visits and family roadtrip house museum detours, busy season is winding down for us preservation fans. But that’s no reason to slow our search for inspiring stories about saving places.

So, with your help, we’ve put together a list of favorites—new titles and classics—on history, architecture and the power of place to carry you into fall and beyond. Happy reading!... Read More →

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Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom

Gwendolyn Purdom is a former Preservation magazine editor and currently a writer, producer, and host at TouchVision TV in Chicago.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Historic Fabric

Posted on: August 19th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson No Comments

 

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Bousillage infill at a Spanish-Colonial-era house (circa 1780) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

We know that a historic building is composed of many diverse materials. Put together, these materials compose the “historic fabric” of a building.

According to Preservation Virginia’s Glossary of Historic Preservation Terms, the technical definition of historic fabric is:... 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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

[Interview] Asma Jaber: PIVOTing the World of Preservation

Posted on: August 17th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 1 Comment

 

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Asma Jaber (left) and Sami Jitan (right) are the co-founders of the PIVOT app.

Preservationists know how difficult it is not only to protect, but also interpret cultural landscapes that are in highly vulnerable or frequently transitioning circumstances.

Asma Jaber and her fiancé Sami Jitan saw the extent of this dilemma as they witnessed the endangerment of many historic sites while studying in Palestine. In response, the couple created an app called PIVOT.

Using a high-quality, open-sourced platform, PIVOT (which launches in November) will give users access to streamlined digital cultural preservation in places where cultural heritage and history are at risk and in places that have suffered a decline in tourism and/or have rich tourism potential.

Recently, we got the opportunity to talk with Asma Jaber about what inspired PIVOT's creation, how the app will work, and what could be its overall impact on the preservation world.... 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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Architectural Conservation

Posted on: August 12th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 1 Comment

 

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Architect of the Capitol masons repair the balustrade of the Cannon House Office Building.

“Conservation” is a term that we most associate with protecting the natural environment. However, “conservation” -- or more technically, “architectural conservation” -- can also be used to refer to the protection of the built environment.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division Glossary of Preservation Services and Terminology defines it as:... 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.

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.