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So far in our “How to Save a Place” toolkit series, we’ve covered why historic places matter, how to manage your expectations, and how to research and assess threats to a beloved place. The natural next step is, of course, how to find help -- which can be daunting in an environment where terms like “historic property” and “National Register” get thrown around interchangeably, with little explanation of who is responsible for what part of the process.

The good news is, the best bet is always to start close to home. The saying “all politics is local” is often true of preservation as well, particularly early in the process. Local laws and regulations are the first line of defense in saving many historic places and can usually get the job done, but sometimes it becomes necessary to escalate the fight to the state or even federal level. Knowing the basics of who does what at each level can make navigating preservation a great deal easier.... 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.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Swag

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson No Comments

 

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The eagle wings depicted on the Lincoln Memorial are the supports for its swag.

Swag. You know, the word that’s short for swagger, that unique style that only you possess and the way in which you let people know that you’ve arrived at a place. Yeah, that swag. I have swag, you have swag, everyone has swag. But did you know that buildings have swag too?... 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.

 

I’d known that I wanted to be a preservationist for two years by the time my history professor asked me what I was going to do with my degree. After I told her, she said, “You’d better get yourself a black dress because there are going to be some pretty tough fights and you can’t win them all.”

Whether we are pursuing preservation as a profession or just trying to save a historic landmark in our neighborhood, we all share a passion for old places, and that passion can absolutely make a difference in our communities. That said, given how complex and uncertain preservation projects can be, it’s important to prepare yourself for all the possibilities ahead.

Here are four tips on how you can manage your personal expectations before, during, and after your involvement in a preservation project.... 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: Facade

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 3 Comments

 

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A side shot view of the Winkler Bakery in Old Salem that shows its facade and demonstrates key characteristics of Moravian architecture style.

Oh, if walls could talk. What would they tell us about the people who built historic buildings? What secrets would they reveal about the those who lived inside?

Believe it or not walls do, in fact, talk to us. We’ve just got to learn their language.

Historic edifices primarily speak to the eyes, communicating through sight. The most visible, and one of the most verbal, parts of their lexicon is the facade.... 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.

 

Happy Preservation Month, everyone! To mark this annual celebration of all things place-based, we at the National Trust are presenting a special toolkit series called How to Save a Place. Consider it your preservation primer -- a one-stop shop for people who love places but aren’t sure how to save them.

The great news is, you don’t have to go it alone. Many valuable resources, materials, and people are available to help. Over the next four weeks, we’ll walk you through the key elements of saving a place, from where to start to who to contact, and every step in between. So whether you’re a historic homeowner, local nonprofit, or simply an active citizen, you’ll find something here to help you out.

Ready to take on this rewarding and exciting challenge? Terrific! Let’s start with a philosophical discussion -- namely, why do old places matter? And why should we do our best to save them?... 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.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the director of digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Balustrade

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 2 Comments

 

Sometimes I think like Mr. Bevis from the Twilight Zone episode "Mr. Bevis." I walk by a stair railing, eye its polished oak, and think, "Why not?"

And then I remember the rest of the scene and think, "That's why not!"

Though entertaining and somewhat dangerous, Mr. Bevis’ moment of childhood indulgence introduces us to our next Preservation Glossary word: balustrade.... 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.