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It’s Time to Tell the Whole Story

Posted on: April 14th, 2015 by Stephanie Meeks

 

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta about the critical importance of our diversity outreach efforts at the National Trust. The op-ed below, which appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this past Saturday, explains why we are working so hard on this, and how you can get involved. If you know of an overlooked place that matters, please tell us in the comments!

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Stephanie K. Meeks speaks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center about the importance of diversity outreach efforts in preservation.

“Before the Pilgrim fathers landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, we were here. Before the beautiful words of the Star Spangled Banner were written, we were here.” So said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his last-ever Sunday sermon, 47 years ago. He’s right. For too long, our history wasn’t told in a way that embraced the contributions and struggles of black Americans. Nor did the places we preserve reflect the true diversity of our common American story.... Read More →

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Stephanie Meeks

Stephanie K. Meeks

Stephanie K. Meeks is president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Introducing the 2015 Great American Main Street Awards Winners

Posted on: March 30th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 10 Comments

 

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Downtown Cape Girardeau served as a finish line for part of the 2013 Great Race. The town’s welcome party for the racers earned it the Great Race's Hospitality award for 2013.

Today, the National Main Street Center is excited to announce the 2015 Great American Main Street Awards® (GAMSA) winners. The GAMSA is the nation’s premier accolade for downtown revitalization achievement, where recipients are recognized for their achievement in utilizing the National Main Street Center’s Four-Point Approach and collaborating with the public and private sector to make their Main Streets an exciting place to live, work and play. The GAMSA winners were announced today at the 2015 National Main Streets Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.... Read More →

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Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson

Jamesha Gibson is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She is passionate about using historic preservation as an avenue for underrepresented communities to share their unique stories. Jamesha also enjoys learning about other cultures through reading, art, language, dancing, and especially cuisine.

 

By Barbara Lau, Director of the Pauli Murray Project at Duke Human Rights Center

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Future home of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, 2012.

Pauli Murray (1910-1985) was an accomplished human rights activist, historian, attorney, poet, and teacher who believed in justice, reconciliation, and freedom. “As an American,” she wrote in 1945, “I inherit the magnificent tradition of an endless march toward freedom and toward the dignity of all mankind.”

Mentor to luminaries such as Eleanor Holmes Norton, Marion Wright Edelman, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Pauli Murray referred to this march in a Ms. Magazine interview as a relay race. Today, the goal of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice is to nurture the next generation of Pauli Murrays -- and its new home will be none other than her childhood house.... Read More →

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Guest Writer

Although we're always on the lookout for blog content, we encourage readers to submit story ideas or let us know if you've seen something that might be interesting and engaging for a national audience. Email us at editorial@savingplaces.org.

 

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African House is located on the grounds of Melrose Plantation, about 15 miles from Natchitoches, Louisiana.

On March 16, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the African House in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, as a National Treasure.

Located at the antebellum Melrose Plantation -- a National Historic Landmark -- the two-story hut is believed to have been built prior to 1820, although no records of construction remain. The structure is threatened by deterioration and destabilization, with preservation of the handmade bricks, hewed cypress roof beams, and other elements needed before it reopens.... Read More →

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Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes is the Editorial Assistant for Preservation magazine. He enjoys Art Deco architecture, any activity that can be done at the beach, and cotton candy.

Big Win at Pullman Historic District, Now a National Monument!

Posted on: February 19th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

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The Administration Building's clock tower was restored after a 1998 fire.

Moments ago, President Obama designated a portion of Chicago’s Pullman Historic District a National Monument, making it the Windy City’s first unit of the National Park Service. The move comes after decades of work to protect and promote the historic neighborhood by community members and supporters who joined elected officials and the president himself to celebrate the announcement in the heart of Pullman this afternoon.... 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

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Heart Bombs at National Trust Historic Sites: Staff and Visitors Feel the Love

Posted on: February 13th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

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Last month, we on the National Trust editorial team sent an impassioned plea to our Historic Sites department: "Buy glitter. Make hearts. Show us the love."

And boy, did our sites deliver! Twelve of our National Trust Historic Sites across the country coordinated love-filled heart bombs to show the world why they love their historic place so much. We've gathered some of our favorite photos from their events -- complete with heartfelt quotes about each site from its staff, supporters, and visitors -- and shared them with you here. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

P.S. Interested in hosting your own heart bomb for a place you love? Here's how you can make a heart bomb happen.... 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.