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Preservation Vacation: Rock Rest, A Home Away From Home

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 by Lauren Walser 1 Comment

 

A postcard of Rock Rest in its heyday in 1959, given to guests as a souvenir. Credit: Valerie Cunningham
A postcard of Rock Rest in its heyday in 1959, given to guests as a souvenir.

As a teenager, Valerie Cunningham spent two summers helping family friends Clayton and Hazel Sinclair run their small inn in Kittery, Maine.

Rock Rest, as the guesthouse was called, provided accommodations and home-cooked meals during the summer months to African-American travelers at a time when de facto segregation in the North made it difficult for them to access hotels, restaurants, and many other public places.

For scores of vacationers, it was a safe and relaxing haven near the water. For Cunningham, it was an inspiration.... Read More →

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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.

Preservation Vacation: Sag Harbor, A Close-Knit Hamptons Enclave

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by Katherine Flynn 3 Comments

 

Sag Harbor Movie Theater. Credit: PamelaVWhite, flickr
Sag Harbor Cinema & Theatre on the town's Main Street

Sag Harbor, tucked into the South Fork on the easternmost end of Long Island, has always maintained its own unique identity amid the upscale allure of the Hamptons, thanks in part to its rich history. The community of Eastville was a prominent free African American settlement in the early-to-mid-1800s, a draw for adventurous men who wanted to try their luck at the whaling industry. Almost a hundred years later, starting in the late 1940s, the area began to enjoy a renaissance as an African-American vacation hotspot.... 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.

"Shop Life": Exploring the Immigrant Entrepreneur at the Tenement Museum

Posted on: January 2nd, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Schneiders' Saloon, Tenement Museum. Credit: Keiko Niwa
The re-created Schneiders' saloon at the Tenement Museum.

Written by Annie Polland, Vice President of Education and Programs, and Kira Garcia, Communications Manager at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s re-created apartments at 97 Orchard Street never housed heads of state or celebrities. But these homes are extraordinary places, making history vibrant, exciting, and relatable.

On December 3, the Tenement Museum (a National Trust Historic Site) inaugurated Shop Life, a new exhibit that explores a century of businesses once housed in the historic Tenement. This exhibit is both an extension of the work we’ve been doing for nearly 25 years, and also entirely new: It includes a meticulously re-creation of John and Caroline Schnieder’s 19th-century German saloon, once located at 97 Orchard, as well as a self-guided exploration of history using objects and touch-screen technology.... Read More →

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

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Preservation Vacation: Capturing the American Dream in Oak Bluffs

Posted on: December 28th, 2012 by David Robert Weible

 

Overton House, Oak Bluffs. Credit: Elaine Weintraub
Historic Overton House, Oak Bluffs.

Martha’s Vineyard. For me, the name alone conjures images of quaint port towns brimming with gingerbread houses, teak runabouts, and understated wealth of all manner -- a playground for the rich and powerful. And though you won’t have any trouble finding these things in Oak Bluffs, a small town on the island’s north shore, there’s more to the town than just the money. Since the early 1900s, Oak Bluffs has served as one of America’s premier African-American resort towns.... Read More →

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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.

A Look Inside Yosemite's Historic Ahwahnee Hotel

Posted on: December 27th, 2012 by David Robert Weible

 

Ahwahnee Great Lounge. Credit: DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite.
The Great Lounge at Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel.

Diane Cole’s “Grand Spans” in the upcoming Preservation’s "Outside the Box" department details the controversy over saving three of Yosemite National Park’s historic bridges, and highlights the struggle to balance cultural and land preservation within the National Park System. But despite an uncertain future for these bridges, our national parks are an incredible repository for historically significant structures of all kinds, and Yosemite is no exception.

Most of the historic structures under the charge of the Park Service are NPS Rustic Style -- an architectural concept that uses wood shingle roofs, log framing, stone foundations, exposed rafter rails, and dark stained siding, when applicable, to blend each structure into the surrounding natural landscape.... 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.

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.