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Engaging a More Diverse Community in Preservation

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

HOPE Crew at Woodlawn. Credit: John Boal
HOPE Crew at Woodlawn

During her recent speech "Towards a More Perfect Union: Engaging a More Diverse Community in Preservation" at Hampton University, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks shared the preservation movement’s challenge to become more inclusive and highlighted the National Trust’s work to protect and preserve diverse historic places such as Fort Monroe, Joe Frazier’s Gym, and Rosenwald Schools.

The National Trust is committed to protecting sites that represent the full breadth of our American history, but cannot do it alone. That’s where you come in! We need your help to craft a vision for engaging a more diverse community in preservation, and invite you to share your ideas below.

Additionally, if you know of a diverse site that could use the National Trust’s help, let us know -- we want to hear from you! And check out our book on Preserving African-American Historic Places to learn how you can save a place.

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.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

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

Update: Colonial Williamsburg Landmark Carter’s Grove Sold

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 12 Comments

 

The stately 1755 mansion is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the United States.
The view of the Georgian-style mansion, completed in 1755, from the James River.

Late last week we were informed by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation that it has successfully sold Carter’s Grove Plantation, a National Historic Landmark located in Williamsburg, Virginia. The estate was sold to a group formed by well-known preservationist Samuel M. Mencoff.

When we last visited Carter's Grove in 2012, it was privately owned and undergoing various repairs for interior maintenance issues that had been deferred. Below is a press release from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which outlines the next chapter in the rich history of Carter’s Grove.

Colonial Williamsburg Announces Sale of Carter’s Grove Plantation

National historic landmark protected in perpetuity by conservation easement; new owner to assure preservation in close collaboration with the Foundation

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – On Sept. 11 the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation sold Carter’s Grove Plantation, including the Georgian-style mansion and 400 acres of land that are subject to a conservation easement, as well as an additional 76 acres adjoining the property. The buyer is Carter’s Grove Associates LLC, a Delaware limited liability company formed by Samuel M. Mencoff, a well-respected preservationist from Chicago who has restored properties in the Midwest and in Newport, Rhode Island.

The conservation easement, which was placed on the property in 2007, is co-held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. The easement protects the site’s historic, architectural, visual, archaeological and environmental resources in perpetuity.

Colonial Williamsburg recently regained ownership of Carter’s Grove at the conclusion of the bankruptcy filed in 2011 by the limited liability company that acquired the property in 2007. Working with the court-appointed trustee during the bankruptcy process, the Foundation funded and oversaw repairs to the mansion that restored it to its previous condition.

The Carter’s Grove Plantation site, located on the James River eight miles southeast of Williamsburg, is a historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register. The mansion is considered to be one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the country.

“Sam Mencoff is superbly qualified to be the steward of this important property,” said Colin G. Campbell, president and chief executive officer of the Foundation. “His commitment to historic preservation, demonstrated through his completion of a number of important restoration projects, is well known in the preservation community.”

“Carter’s Grove is a treasure, in many ways chronicling the history of the New World,” said Mr. Mencoff. “My family and I are honored to embrace the stewardship of this remarkable place, fully recognizing the privilege it is and the responsibility it confers. My team and I look forward to working closely with Colonial Williamsburg to preserve this important piece of our national heritage for generations to come.”

Media contact:

Joe Straw
757-220-7287
jstraw@cwf.org

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ISO: America’s Next Top Main Street

Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

By Erica Stewart, Manager, Public Affairs

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Montpelier, Vermont

Update: Congratulations to Collierville, Tenn., Parade readers’ choice for ‘America’s Best Main Street.’ Read the reaction from National Main Street Center here.

Parade magazine is about to announce the winner of a contest it’s calling “America’s Best Main Street,” and we at the National Trust are bursting with pride. That’s because half of the 16 contenders Parade editors chose to participate in this contest -- drawn from thousands of reader suggestions -- are accredited Main Street communities.... Read More →

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HOPE Crew: Training the Next Generation of Preservationists

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014 by Lauren Walser

 

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A HOPE Crew in Paterson, New Jersey, paints Hinchliffe Stadium in April.

As any preservationist knows, the task of caring for and maintaining historic sites is a never-ending one. With that in mind, the National Trust for Historic Preservation recently launched a new program called Hands-On Preservation Experience (HOPE) Crew to introduce preservation to the next generation.

HOPE Crew will provide practical, hands-on preservation training to thousands of young people and veterans through a partnership with The Corps Network, a national advocacy and support group for youth development programs that has more than 100 youth corps members. (Read more about HOPE Crew and its partnership with The Corps Network in the Summer 2014 issue of Preservation magazine.)

Each HOPE Crew will partner with local preservation craftspeople and a preservation adviser who will provide mentorship and training. The corpsmembers receive hourly wages for their work; the professionals who provide their expertise on each project receive compensation, as well.
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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.

Announcing America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2014

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 9 Comments

 

By Virgil McDill, Associate Director, Public Affairs

Cincinnati Music Hall in Ohio. Credit: Springer Auditorium
One of this year's listings: Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio

Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation issued our 27th annual list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places across the country. As it has been for over a quarter century, this year’s list is an alarm bell, calling Americans to realize that some of our most important treasures are in trouble.

National Trust president Stephanie Meeks unveiled this year’s list in a video released today:


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