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[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 →

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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.

[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 →

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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.

[Sitings] Oatlands: A Mansion for All Seasons

Posted on: April 6th, 2013 by Mame McCully 1 Comment

 

Oatlands, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a stately mansion with beautiful rolling farmland, exquisite gardens, and a repository of more than 200 years of American history and culture. Just an hour from our nation's capital in historic Leesburg, Va., the site offers historic house tours and four seasons full of activities and special events.

Upcoming this month: a visit from American Girl author Valerie Tripp, the Ancient Technology Expo, and the first full moon paranormal tour of the season! Make plans to visit soon -- and until then, enjoy 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.

Mississippi Delta Tour Tells the Stories of Civil War, Civil Rights and the Blues

Posted on: April 3rd, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

Written by Carolyn Brackett, Senior Field Officer

Dockery Farm. Credit: Carolyn Brackett
Dockery Farms outside of Cleveland, Miss.

The Mississippi Delta is a region that has a culture as rich, sweet and deep as the very soil of the Delta itself. Its stories -- of Civil War, civil rights, and the birth of the blues -- resonate with the American story yet tell of a special place, special times, and special people.

This fall, National Trust Tours and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (one of our National Treasures) invite you on a week-long tour of this unique region to visit places where events forever changed America’s character and culture. Set for September 28 through October 4, 2013, tour highlights include antebellum homes, a Civil War battlefield, and one of the South’s last original juke joints.

Tourgoers will experience the Delta’s culinary traditions, enjoy a blues performance, meet the people who call the Delta home, and listen to their stories. The tour also includes a visit to Memphis, often referred to as the place where the Delta begins.

If you can't wait for the fall, take a virtual spin now of the featured tour stops:... 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.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.