Women’s Heritage

Preserving an Artistic Legacy at Guerneville, Calif.’s Pond Farm

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

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The barn at Pond Farm served as a teaching space and studio for renowned ceramics artist Marguerite Wildenhain.

Students learn by doing. That’s the philosophy that midcentury artist Marguerite Wildenhain used in her ceramics workshops at art schools all over the country, and especially at her home studio of Pond Farm in northern California. Wildenhain was known for never allowing her students to keep a pot, insisting that the learning was in the process, not the finished piece.

“They were learning steps -- like the ABCs,” says Dorothy Herger, 89, an artist and former student of Wildenhain’s, of her approach to students’ work. “They weren’t there to clutter your life.”

A new exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, titled "Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism," highlights the work of Wildenhain and other Jewish Midcentury Modern artists and designers, featuring furniture, textiles, architecture and handcrafted objects, and putting both the artists and their work in the context of the larger movement.... Read More →

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

Preserving an Iconic Landmark in Business History: Madam C. J. Walker’s Villa Lewaro

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 3 Comments

 

Written by Brent Leggs, Senior Field Officer

Credit: ToddShepera/National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Treasure reception in Irvington, N.Y., May 2014

In Irvington, N.Y., there stands Madam C. J. Walker’s “Villa Lewaro,” a restored, elegant historic residence that embodies the optimism and perseverance of American entrepreneurship. This newly designated National Treasure reveals Madam Walker’s unparalleled accomplishments in the face of a 20th-century segregated America and at a time before women had the right to vote. With the rising success of Oprah Winfrey, Ursula Burns, Queen Latifah, Tyra Banks, Indra Nooyi, Mary Barra, and other businesswomen, it’s important that we preserve the past to enrich the future.... 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.

 

Credit: MarkSweep, Wikimedia Commons
Frederick Douglass, who was born a slave, is one of the most influential abolitionists in American history. His home in Anacostia, D.C., Cedar Hill, has undergone a series of renovations.

In 1917, readers of The Crisis magazine, the official publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), would have come across a powerful call to action, written by one Mrs. Mary B. Talbert.

Talbert, an educator, civil rights activist, and then-president of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC) had turned her eyes to Cedar Hill, the Washington, D.C., home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

Grand Canyon’s Hermit’s Rest and Lookout Studio Turn 100

Posted on: May 1st, 2014 by Katherine Flynn 3 Comments

 

Credit: Xanterra South Rim
Lookout Studio is located on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and offers breathtaking views for photographers to take advantage of.

A hundred years ago, the Wild West was growing tamer by the day. Starting in the late 19th century, for the first time in American history, curious East Coasters could take a trip through the region’s exotic landscapes for the price of a train ticket. A brand-new hospitality industry quickly sprang up to accommodate them -- and that’s where two rustic buildings designed by pioneering architect Mary Colter come in. ... 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.

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

 

An interior look of the portion of the Willow Run Bomber Plant that is waiting to be rescued, renovated, and resurrected so it could continue to tell stories of the Second World War. Credit: Dennis Norton
An interior look of the portion of the Willow Run Bomber Plant that is waiting to be rescued, renovated, and resurrected so it could continue to tell stories of the Second World War.

Many places -- and many hands -- contributed to the war effort during the Second World War, which lasted from 1939 to 1945. One exceptional story: the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, which not only housed mass production for military aircraft, but also employed women to rivet those planes together.... 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.

Paulina Tam

Paulina Tam

Paulina Tam is an intern at Preservation magazine as well as the Features Co-Editor of The Observer at Fordham University. A WWII and aviation fanatic, she maintains a growing collection of WWII model airplanes that accompanies her hometown writing station.