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Update on the National Trust’s Sandy Recovery Efforts in NYC

Posted on: December 21st, 2012 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Damage at Liberty Island. Credit: NPS/Daley
National Park Service staff walking along Liberty Island after Hurricane Sandy.

Nearly two months after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the mid-Atlantic states, we wanted to share an update on affected sites in the New York metro area and the National Trust’s efforts to support recovery.

On December 13, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan Jarvis, along with a small group of journalists and other stakeholders, toured damaged places in the New York City region. Of the 70 national parks and dozens of wildlife refuges that sustained damage from the storm, the 15 parks located in and around NYC were among the hardest hit, including Liberty Island and Ellis Island. (Ellis Island is one of our National Treasures, a portfolio of endangered places the National Trust is working to protect.)

The National Trust’s representative on the tour, Alicia Leuba, reports that the impacts are wide-ranging: Not only have the National Parks of New York Harbor suffered damage to their natural and built environments, but they’re experiencing an economic setback at tourist sites such as Gateway, Fire Island, and the Statue of Liberty, which contributed more than half a billion dollars to the local economy last year and support nearly 4,400 jobs.... Read More →

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A Special Message from National Trust President Stephanie Meeks

Posted on: December 6th, 2012 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Thanksgiving just passed, but we at the National Trust are still in a grateful mood -- grateful for historic places, for National Treasures, and for all the people who support our movement.

Our president Stephanie Meeks says it best:

Because of you, beloved buildings, landscapes, and communities all over the country are being preserved for future generations to experience and enjoy. We have designated these places as National Treasures because of their significance, the stories they tell, and the enriching experiences they offer. We are glad to have you standing with us as we continue this important work.

In this special video message, see for yourself all the great progress we've made this year, together:

Inspired to keep the good work going in 2013? Consider making a donation to help us advance our efforts saving America’s historic places. Thank you!

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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Help Us Find America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2013

Posted on: December 3rd, 2012 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 


Past 11 Most listing Joe Frazier's Gym in Philadelphia is now seeking a preservation-minded buyer.

Today we at the National Trust begin accepting nominations for our 2013 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places -- and we need your help.... Read More →

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History, Memory, Trees: A Civil War Reflection at Oatlands

Posted on: November 30th, 2012 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 3 Comments

 

Written by Katherine Malone-France, Historic Sites


Planting the first tree, from left: Sean Connaughton, Virginia Secretary of Transportation; Stephanie Meeks, National Trust president; Cate Magennis Wyatt, Journey Through Hallowed Ground founder and president; Michael O'Connor, Oatlands, Inc. board chairman; Col. Meg Roosma, West Point Alumni Glee Club and Andrea McGimsey, Oatlands executive director.

We are here today because we know there is healing power in re-planting after a bitter harvest. -- Rev. W. Morton Brown III

With that invocation, Oatlands, a Historic Site of the National Trust in Leesburg, Virginia, became home to the first of 620,000 trees -- one for every soldier who died during the Civil War -- to be planted along a transportation corridor stretching from Monticello to Gettysburg.

This effort, known as the Living Legacy Program, offered an opportunity for Oatlands, Inc., to combine its leadership in environmental sustainability with its continuing interpretation of a complex and compelling history. Eventually, 400 trees will be planted or dedicated at Oatlands, enhancing an already significant collection of historic trees. The trees will also be geo-tagged to allow smartphone users to learn the story of the soldier represented by each tree.... Read More →

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Preservation Stalwart Don Rypkema Receives Crowninshield Award

Posted on: November 8th, 2012 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 


Crowninshield recipient Donovan Rypkema speaks at an event.

This post was cross-posted from the Preservation Leadership Forum blog.

At the majestic Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox in Spokane during the 2012 National Preservation Conference, conference attendees were on their feet, enthusiastically applauding this year's Crowninshield Award recipient, a man who has worked for more than 30 years to forge links between historic preservation, real estate, and economics.

Donovan D. Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, DC-based real estate and economic development consulting firm, has lectured and written extensively on the economic benefits of historic preservation. The National Trust is proud to honor him for his impressive record in changing the way we think about the benefits of preserving older buildings.

Rypkema continues to inspire, educate, and motivate preservationists to say no to the preservation naysayers and to make a clear and compelling case for rehabilitating older buildings.... Read More →

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