40 Years After Ship’s Decommission, Nantucket Lightship Beacon Shines Again

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

By Andy Grabel, Associate Director, Public Affairs

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People gather to celebrate the relighting of the Nantucket Lightship.

Witnessing the power of place elicits a special sensation, even if that place has moved up and down the Eastern seaboard and into international waters over the course of eight decades.

On a sunny, summer afternoon and breezy evening in the Boston Harbor, the connection of visitors from near and far to Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 was electric, both literally and figuratively. Crewmen who served on the ship half a century ago returned to the vessel and joined more than 200 preservationists to tour its restoration and to celebrate the lighting of its beacon for the first time since it was decommissioned in 1975.

The U.S. Lightship Museum’s preservation project, made possible by a $250,000 grant from American Express, restored the ship’s navigational light beacon, foghorn, and on-board electrical systems.... Read More →

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How to Apply for Grants from the National Trust Preservation Fund

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

This post originally appeared on the PreservationNation blog on January 14, 2013. An updated version from the Grants team appears here.

Interior of the Eygyptian Theatre, Coos Bay, Oregon. Credit: Oregonkat, flickr
Interior of the Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay, Oregon.

Fun fact: In 2014, the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded just over $1 million to nearly 200 projects across the country through its small grant program. This annual program supports local preservation organizations’ efforts to preserve and protect important places in their communities.

  • In Texas, Preservation Dallas received a grant to create a mobile app of The Pegasus Urban Trail. The trail, developed by local volunteer group the Urban Armadillos, takes visitors through areas of downtown Dallas and includes information on some of the city's most iconic buildings and places.
  • In South Carolina, the Historic Charleston Foundation used a grant to create a three dimensional photo-realistic digital rendering of the double parlors at the Aiken-Rhett House. The goal of project is to offer an alternative to replicating missing or damaged historic fabric and to enhance interpretation of the rooms in the mid-19th century grandeur.
  • In Oregon, the Liberty Theatre Foundation’s grant for their facade planning project resulted in a completed set of architectural plans to be used for the restoration of the Liberty in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the overall restoration project.

In the Grants office, we field calls and questions throughout the year about our grants program from people eager to do similar work in their communities. So we compiled a quick Q&A to help guide potential applicants. Read on to learn how a grant from the National Trust might be available to kickstart a preservation project in your hometown.... Read More →

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Weekend Reads from Marketplace, WAVY-TV, and More

Posted on: August 21st, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

By Tim Mikulski

Welcome to Weekend Reads at the PreservationNation blog, wherein we share a handful of the most interesting preservation-related stories we've come across over the course of the week.

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HOPE Crews are working around the country as you read this blog post. Below, learn more about this project at Lincoln’s Boyhood home.

“The 21-year-old from Pennsylvania is in a group of five other millennial-aged apprentices serving as part of the Minnesota Conservation Corps, part of AmeriCorps. Through the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Hands-On Preservation Experience (HOPE) [Crew], they are at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Spencer County for two weeks to complete the restoration of 14 of 32 church pews in the Abraham Lincoln Hall of the national park’s visitor center. After years of tours, community events and weddings, the decades-old pews are in need of restoration.” Evansville Courier & Press: Conservation youth teams helping restore Lincoln parks... Read More →

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National Treasure Pauli Murray House Receives Generous Donation From Iron Mountain Inc.

Posted on: August 21st, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation No Comments

 

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The house in Durham, North Carolina, where Pauli Murray grew up with her grandparents and aunt, is in the process of being restored.

On Monday, August 17, the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice and Iron Mountain Inc., the data storage and management company, announced a new partnership that will work to establish the Pauli Murray House, a National Treasure of the National Trust, as a national historic site.

The partnership includes a generous contribution from Iron Mountain that will help preserve the house’s foundation and fund brick-and-mortar restoration work. Once work is completed, the Pauli Murray Center will use the space to honor Pauli Murray's legacy and create social justice programming for students and the community.... Read More →

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21 Village Green -- Norfolk, Connecticut

Early Georgian Colonial -- Now French Second Empire -- Seeks Bold Owner with Outlandish Style

Once a Georgian Colonial, always a Georgian Colonial? False.... 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.

[Historic Bars] McCrady’s Restaurant in Charleston

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by David Weible No Comments

 

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McCrady's bar room -- formerly home to horses and stage coaches -- is covered by a skylight along its full length.

There’s something so undeniably charming about Charleston it almost makes your heart hurt. The key lime pie and the soft, salty kiss off the sea air are definitely part of it, but it’s the architecture and the attitude that make any trip to Charleston a travel through not just space, but time.

McCrady’s is the kind of place that makes this happen.... Read More →

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David Weible

David Weible

David Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.