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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.

[Preservation Glossary] Today’s Word: Mothball

Posted on: April 22nd, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 3 Comments

 

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The city of Detroit mothballed the Ransom Gillis House in the early 2000s.

When I was a little girl, my parents and I would often visit our hometown near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, during the summer. I remember how, at the conclusion of our visit, my mom would scatter mothballs all over the couches and beds in the house to keep the mold and moth larvae at bay until our next visit.

I remember being glad to leave because the smell of the mothballs was unbearable. Don’t get me wrong, I was all for coming back to intact furniture, but I was also relieved that I didn’t have to live with the strong stench when I returned to Virginia.

This was my unpleasant sensory image of mothballs and mothballing. So when I came across the term “mothball” in a preservation context, I was pleasantly surprised.... 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: Chamfer

Posted on: April 17th, 2015 by Julia Rocchi 3 Comments

 

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Example of a lamb's tongue chamfer carved in wood.

Are you a preservation word nerd? Do you seek out wild, obscure, fun-to-say-aloud terms and phrases, the kind that only place-lovers would thrill to? If so, you're in luck -- we're starting a new segment on PreservationNation called Preservation Glossary, designed to define a bite-sized word for you each week to satisfy your craving for preservation vocabulary. ... 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.