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Sousapalooza! -- in honor of one of Congressional Cemetery's famous residents, John Philip Sousa -- was in full swing.
Sousapalooza! -- in honor of one of Congressional Cemetery's famous residents, John Philip Sousa -- was in full swing.

The DC metro area served up what could only be described as perfect spring weather -- sunny, warm, and dry -- for the Partners in Preservation Open House Weekend on May 4-5. And with activities ranging from viewing Saturn's rings to meeting adoptable dogs, participating sites pulled out all the stops to impress visitors -- and garner votes!

Excited that, after years of being in other cities, Partners in Preservation was in our own back yard, I was among several National Trust staff who jumped at the chance to see Open House Weekend first-hand. And I think I speak for all of us when I say that we were impressed with not only the events and sites, but also the enthusiasm of local community members who turned out.

Before you dive into the slideshow and recaps, one reminder: Voting ends tomorrow, so there are but two chances left to support your favorite sites. Vote now!

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

Union Station statue hug. Credit: Lindsay Rowinski
Lindsay Rowinski's puppeteered arms extend around Columbus Fountain in Washington, D.C.

Preservationists have long held the moniker "building hugger" close to their place-saving hearts, considering it a term of endearment for the important work they do in protecting the past and enriching the future. Now, we at the National Trust are making the term official with our new "Hugger-in-Chief," artist and place-lover Lindsay Rowinski.

Lindsay embraces places -- literally. She has created long red puppeteered arms capable of extending around buildings and structures with the help of a few volunteers and a lot of creative moxie. Her goal: inspire people to look anew at their surroundings and make what they see an integral part of their daily experience.... 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.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the associate director for digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

Joe Frazier's Gym Now Listed on the National Register

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

 

Joe Frazier's Gym in Philadelphia, Pa. Credit: warpafx, flickr

Big news today from one of our National Treasures: Joe Frazier's Gym, a modest space in Philadelphia where Smokin' Joe perfected his punch, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This listing marks an important milestone for the preservationists -- including Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Heritage Consulting Group, and Temple University -- who have been working for 18 months to save the gym and breathe new life into this historic site.... Read More →

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

Help Us #PreserveDMV with Partners in Preservation

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by Sarah Heffern

 

Believe it or not, it's been seven years since we first launched our partnership with American Express, Partners in Preservation. Since that time, the program has made grants worth $9 million to historic places in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Saint Paul/Minneapolis, and New York. And as a longtime resident of the District of Columbia, I could not be more excited to announce that the D.C. metro area has been selected as 2013's host city.

Today through May 10, two dozen historic places in the DMV -- as the District, Maryland, and Virginia are known in Twitter-speak -- will be competing for $1 million in grants through a popular vote campaign. How does it work? This short video explains the process:

You can vote for one site per day, every day through May 10 and earn additional points through social sharing, so visit www.partnersinpreservation.com to see the participating sites and get voting!

And if you're local to the DMV, save the date now for Open House Weekend, May 4-5, when the sites will be hosting special events and programs to share the stories of these terrific places.

To keep up with the latest news, like Partners in Preservation on Facebook or follow @PartnersinPres on Twitter.

Voting begins on April 24, 2013 at 12:01am Eastern Time and ends on May 10 at 11:59pm ET. Must be at least 13 to vote. Limit one (1) vote per person/email address per calendar day. See terms of participation for complete details.

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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

Announcing the Great American Main Street Award Winners for 2013

Posted on: April 14th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Erica Stewart, Public Affairs Manager

Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and Rochester, Michigan celebrate their Main Streets. Credits: Ben Muldrow; Steve Kovacs
Ocean Springs, Miss. (l.) and Rochester, Mich. (r.) celebrate their Main Streets.

We all know a great Main Street when we see it. Maybe it offers abundant antique shops and a second-hand bookstore or two. Perhaps it is awash in art galleries and trendy restaurants, or overflowing with edgy coffee shops and funky clothing stores. In fact, it might offer all of these things -- plus shady trees, easily navigable streets, jazzy festivals, and eclectic historic storefronts.

But what isn’t as evident beyond those inviting streetscapes is the Main Street organization that in many cases made it possible. Neither the casual tourist nor the regular shopper probably knows much about the work of the Main Street organization’s staff and loyal volunteers, its board of directors, and its coordinating program at the city, county or state level.... 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.

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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.