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[10 on Tuesday] How Artists Can Help Interpret History

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by Julia Rocchi 2 Comments

 

It’s a constant question for people in the preservation community: How can we make museums and historic sites most relevant to the communities they serve? The Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring, Maryland, had a creative solution. Literally, creative. The museum opened its doors to cultural artists -- visual, literary, and performing -- who create new works inspired by the Museum’s historic collection or the history of the area.

We spoke with Allison Weiss, Sandy Spring’s executive director, to learn how the museum approached its reinvention, what happened as a result, and what tips other places can take away from Sandy Spring’s success.... Read More →

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for 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.

[10 on Tuesday] 10 Steps for Restoring Historic Theaters

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by Julia Rocchi 9 Comments

 

PreservationNation blog readers love historic theaters with a capital LOVE, reading and liking and commenting in overdrive whenever we share a restoration or reuse story. And really, what’s not to love? Theaters evoke wonderful memories of experiencing art, enjoying architecture, and spending time with loved ones.

Plus, historic theaters are proven community revitalizers and economic drivers. Not only do they generate an impact of at least $2-$3 per dollar spent on tickets, but they also catalyze other business development, create jobs, and improve the local quality of life.

But restoring a historic theater is no small undertaking. In fact, the average historic theater project costs between $5 and $30 million, opens in 5 to 10 years from inception, and requires dozens of consultants. In this toolkit, we share the essential steps in bringing a historic theater back to life so it can be the site of many more happy memories to come.... 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 associate director for 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.

 

Whether you call it costumed interpretation or living history, having volunteers at a historic site reenacting events from the past can be a compelling way to bring stories alive -- or the quickest way to leave site visitors snickering.

Creating a program that engages guests without stressing out docents doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. These 10 tips, developed for the 2013 Bmore Historic Unconference by the “resident historian” of Baltimore’s Admiral Fell Inn, Steven Lampredi, are designed to get your interpretation program off on the right foot.... 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.

[10 on Tuesday] Tips for Being a Good Tour Guide

Posted on: December 11th, 2013 by Emily Potter 6 Comments

 

Ed. Note: Sorry for the delay in this week's toolkit -- we were busy moving offices! The good news is, despite the Tuesday moniker, these tips work for every day of the week. So enjoy!

Last spring, when a hint of warmer weather got us ready to think about being outside, we put together a toolkit with ideas to help you organize a tour in your community. But don’t let the current chilly winter season stop you from giving -- or going on -- tours.

Instead, use these 10 tips, compiled by Johns Hopkins, Executive Director of Baltimore Heritage, to help you be the best tour guide you can be. (Not a tour guide? These tips can also give you insight into being a good tour goer.)... 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.

Emily Potter

Emily Potter is a copywriter at the National Trust. She enjoys writing about places of all kinds, the stories that make them special, and the people who love them enough to save them.

 

Hurricane Irene damage in Bethel, VT. Photo courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region on Flickr.

Natural disasters and fires can strike at any time -- sometimes with warning, sometimes without -- and present grave risks to more than historic properties. Protecting human (and pet) lives are always the paramount concern when danger strikes, but both advance planning and taking certain steps in the aftermath can also help your favorite historic places weather disasters as well.

Today's round-up offers three toolkits to get your disaster planning and recovery on the right track.

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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.