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[Sitings] Lyndhurst: Gothic Gem of the Hudson River Valley

Posted on: May 4th, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, NY. Credit: lulubrooks, Flickr

Lyndhurst, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Tarrytown, New York, overlooks the Hudson River and the stunning Tappan Zee Bridge which connects South Nyack, New York to Tarrytown, New York. Just a short drive from New York City, the Site and Tarrytown are a great daytrip for tourists in the Big Apple or for locals who want to get away for a day.

Among its many attractions: Gothic Revival architecture, 19th-century landscape design, and a comprehensive collection of decorative arts. Can't wait to experience its beauty and grandeur? Get a taste for the splendor with this week's slideshow.... Read More →

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Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

 

Open seasonally, the Philip Johnson Glass House offers tours, special events, and related programming to the public. Visitors can join them for the 2013 season beginning May 2. Credit: diametrik, Flickr
Open seasonally, the Philip Johnson Glass House offers tours, special events, and related programming to the public. Visitors can join them for the 2013 season beginning May 2.

From May through November, the National Trust offers the Philip Johnson Glass House's 47-acre campus as a catalyst for the preservation and interpretation of modern architecture, landscape, and art; and as a canvas for inspiration and experimentation honoring the legacy of Philip Johnson and David Whitney.

If you're traveling to or around New Canaan, Conn. soon, plan your visit to this exceptional site. Or, if you're eager to start exploring, wander around the property virtually with this week's slideshow.... 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.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

[Sitings] Villa Finale: From Boarding House to Local Gem

Posted on: April 20th, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Villa Finale, located in the King William Historic District of San Antonio, Texas, tells the story of preservationist Walter Mathis. In 1967, Mathis purchased his home at 401 King William in a neighborhood that was in an advanced state of disrepair. Stately mansions had become poorly maintained rooming houses, some altered almost beyond recognition.... 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.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

[Sitings] Brucemore: A Century of Stories

Posted on: April 13th, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Brucemore, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a house museum and community cultural center. Visitors annually enjoy the historic mansion, stroll through the beautiful gardens, and attend a variety of special events on the estate.

The 26-acre estate tells the stories of three Cedar Rapids families, all business and social leaders, who reflected and influenced the community in which they lived. The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape visitors' understanding of the American Midwest.

Brucemore offers a wide variety of concerts, theater, programs, and tours for visitors of all ages. Plan your visit today -- and if you can't make it there soon, enjoy some fun facts about the estate in this week's slideshow.

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.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

 

La pyramide du Louvre (The Louvre Pyramid) rises from Cour Napoléon in central courtyard of Musée du Louvre. Credit: wallyg, flickr
La pyramide du Louvre (The Louvre Pyramid) rises from Cour Napoléon in the central courtyard of Musée du Louvre.

I recently spotted this great piece about re-reading books that we loved. Author Guy Gavriel Kay says, “There's an anxiety I feel when picking up a book I loved when young, preparing to read it again. I think it has to do with how we define ourselves, in part, by what we've loved. Books (not only books, of course) that reach deeply into us at twelve or seventeen or twenty-two shape the person we see ourselves as being.”

Substitute “book” with “historic places,” and his words still resonate. Some of my first experiences with history went hand-in-hand with family vacations. We would always take a two-three day stop in a European city on our way to Mumbai, or embark on road trips around the United States. I know for other people that these memories sprouted from post-college graduation escapes, the last summer before work and life kicked in. These were the trips that helped fashion our opinions about the world beyond the comfort of our hometowns.

But what if you had a chance to go back?... 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.

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.