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The Down to the Wire campaign van in front of Dominion Power's office building in Richmond.

Last week, the Down to the Wire team hit the road and made its first big stop in Richmond -- right in Dominion Power’s front yard. Our message was loud and clear: Find an alternative to putting high-voltage power lines across the beautiful, historic James River at Jamestown. And the people of Richmond turned out to let us know they agree.... Read More →

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Tom Wall

Tom Wall is the Associate Manager of Community Outreach. His background includes television production, journalism, nonprofit communications, and marketing. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tom is a graduate of the George Washington University, with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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.

 

Written by Sophia Dembling

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Kate Clifford Larson is the author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero.

Kate Clifford Larson, Ph.D., was intrigued by Harriet Tubman when her daughter studied the famous abolitionist in elementary school. But when she looked for a biography of Tubman written for adults, the most recent one Larson could find was from the 1940s.

Thus began her career as a Tubman scholar.

Larson's book Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero came out in 2003, and she has since become a go-to scholar, consulting with Eastern seaboard states developing Harriet Tubman sites and, recently, with HBO about a miniseries co-produced with and starring Viola Davis.... Read More →

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Celebrating National Library Week 2015, Preservation-Style

Posted on: April 13th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson 1 Comment

 

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National Library Week is April 12-18, 2015.

In honor of National Library Week (which runs from April 12-18 and is sponsored by the American Library Association), the National Trust is using a preservation perspective to spotlight three historic buildings that have been repurposed into a bookworm’s paradise. These three libraries are an excellent example of National Library Week 2015's theme: "unlimited possibilities." So, prepare yourselves, bibliophiles, for an impromptu road trip!... 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 Real Estate: Humble Beginnings Edition

Posted on: April 13th, 2015 by Jamesha Gibson No Comments

 

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The house at 2 Swifts Alley was originally a tobacco warehouse.

2 Swifts Alley -- Alexandria, Virginia

The house at 2 Swifts Alley was originally built in 1780 as a tobacco warehouse. Some 160 years later, the Waggaman brothers acquired it. Though the warehouse was in a dilapidated condition, the brothers saw it through an extensive renovation into a residential dwelling. They added the current stucco-like material to the exterior to protect the brick mortar from the humid Virginia summer weather. One of the Waggaman brothers, who was a clerk for the United States Supreme Court, placed two plaster medallions from the first Supreme Court chamber above the living room and library fireplaces.

Today the four-bedroom house proudly displays its tobacco warehouse origins through the exposed 200-year-old wooden beams, open staircases with pipe railings, and tobacco-flower detail wood on the door frame at the original loading dock. The modern amenities are plentiful as well. There is a glass gazebo-style addition which holds a kitchen and breakfast room. The house also features a spacious family room with vaulted ceilings and French doors. Price: $3,350,000... 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.

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.

The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament Championship Recap

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 by David Weible 5 Comments

 

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The Corner Club in Moscow, Idaho is the first-ever champion of The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament.

Last call is over and it’s finally closing time for The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament 2015, but there’s one drinkery still dancing victoriously atop the bar.... 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.