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Written by Jessica Coscia

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Tropical hues on Spanish colonial homes of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

I was five when we moved to paradise. Equipped with a couple of suitcases, my mother and I left our home in northern Virginia to embark on a new adventure in Puerto Rico -- “La Isla del Encanto” (The Island of Enchantment), with its picturesque white sand beaches, aqua blue ocean water, exotic animals, tropical climate, and the only rainforest in the United States.

It may seem worlds away, but Puerto Rico has been an American territory for over fifty years. And when I think of my own childhood there, I immediately remember the places and experiences there that helped shape who I am today.... Read More →

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 Saddle Peak Lodge is a popular venue for special events, like weddings, graduation celebrations, and office parties. The outdoor dining spaces, in particular, have hosted many special occasions.
Saddle Peak Lodge is a popular venue for special events, like weddings, graduation celebrations, and office parties. The outdoor dining spaces, in particular, have hosted many special occasions.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I turned down the winding canyon road high up in the Santa Monica Mountains that, according to my GPS, would lead to the storied Saddle Peak Lodge.

After all, it’s hard to know what to expect when visiting a restaurant in an approximately 130-year-old structure rumored to have once been a brothel and a Pony Express stop (neither, it turns out, is true).

I was told there would an impressive menu of game meats and a certain historic, rugged charm to the interior. And, as it turned out, I was not disappointed on either front. In fact, Saddle Peak Lodge far surpassed anything I was imagining.
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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

150 Years of Gettysburg History: An Event Round-Up

Posted on: June 20th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn

 

This monument to New York’s Excelsior Brigade sits south of Gettysburg on Excelsior Field. Credit: fauxto_digit, Flickr
This monument to New York’s Excelsior Brigade sits south of Gettysburg on Excelsior Field.

This summer will mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest and most storied conflict of the Civil War. You can read all about the effort to preserve battlefield monuments in the Summer 2013 issue of Preservation magazine, but for a round-up of sesquicentennial events for both weathered history buffs and newbies to learn from and enjoy, look no further than this list.... Read More →

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

[Sitings] Hotel de Paris: French Flair in Colorado

Posted on: June 15th, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Exterior of the Hotel de Paris. Credit: Flowercat, Flickr
Exterior of the Hotel de Paris

The Hotel de Paris, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is located in Georgetown, Colorado. A historic town about an hour from Denver, visitors can spend the day enjoying the area or can spend the weekend in the relaxing environment.

You can find the Hotel de Paris on the main street in town which also features shops, restaurants and for those with a sweet tooth, plenty of places to buy an ice cream cone this summer to eat as you stroll.

The Site just opened for the season today and will be welcoming visitors until December 15. Come visit and enjoy!

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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.

The Battle of Lake Erie: By the Numbers

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by David Robert Weible

 

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial watches over the Put-in-Bay. Credit: Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, Flickr
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial watches over the Put-in-Bay.

In the upcoming summer issue of Preservation magazine, I head back to my Midwestern roots to celebrate and explore the history behind the most important naval battle of the War of 1812: the Battle of Lake Erie.

Fought to the northwest of Put-in-Bay, Ohio on September 10, 1813, the American fleet, led by 28-year-old Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, eventually prevailed over their more heavily gunned British counterparts, turning the tide of the war.

Below are a few facts and figures to whet your appetite for my full account in the Summer issue.
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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.