In this fall’s Itinerary department of Preservation magazine, three locals provide a virtual tour of historic Bethlehem, Pa., and the surrounding Lehigh Valley’s industrial ancestry and Moravian heritage. But for a better understanding of who these Moravians really are, we thought we’d share a bit more of their story, along with an outline of another area where their history and influence can be explored.... Read More →
Decatur House has had a front row seat to some of our nation’s most important events since 1818. Located on Lafayette Square just across from the White House in Washington, D.C., this federal-style home was built for naval hero Stephen Decatur and his wife, Susan, and was designed by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe. The National Center for White House History was established there in 2010.
Visitors to D.C. do not need to wander far from one of the top attractions, the White House, to see this beautiful home. Don’t miss their gift shop full of D.C. souvenirs, including the well-known Annual White House Christmas Ornament.
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New York City’s iconic Grand Central Terminal turned 100 this past February, kicking off a year-long centennial celebration complete with throwback prices for cups of coffee and shoe shining services (5 and 10 cents, respectively,) as well as live music, speakers like Caroline Kennedy, and a Transit Museum exhibit titled “Grand By Design” recounting the terminal’s storied history.
Below, we highlight five other New York buildings that have reached, or will soon reach, the 100-year mark in style.... Read More →
While in college, Zach Schonfeld had a quarter-life crisis. So, the 22-year-old decided to roadtrip across the country and see where U.S. presidents were born.
In the summer of 2011, he set off to blog about the local stories behind the national myths, from Jimmy Carter to Andrew Jackson to Ronald Reagan. The result: I Visit Presidential Birthplaces, a project funded by The History Channel and Wesleyan University, where Schonfeld studied English.
"They say Mackinac Island is the crown jewel of Michigan," says Liz Ware, a Chicago native who is spearheading the renovation of Silver Birches, one of the many historic buildings at the popular Mackinac Island summer colony at Lake Huron, Michigan.
Built in 1906, Silver Birches alternated between use as a private rental property and a public resort, lodge, and girls' camp. Its pristine Adirondack style signified health and wellness, drawing generations of visitors to its dock, pool, and cottages.
"I saw the property last summer for the first time when I was on a boat going around the island," says Ware. "I saw it from the water and I thought, 'What is that place?' Afterwards, I got on my bicycle and rode out to the property. I walked to the back of it and I saw its architectural style and the view of the lake. Then I just cried because it was just so beautiful."... Read More →