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[Historic Bars] Prost! in Portland, Oregon

Located in a c. 1894 building, Prost! in Portland, Oregon, serves up authentic German fare in a cozy, neighborhood setting.Read More »

[Historic Bars] Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria, New York

Discover the history behind Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, the oldest of its kind in New York City.Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] "Lights On For Service": Root Beer Stands of New Jersey

Eating in the car may be a necessity for some busy commuters on-the-go, but to others the excuse to roll down the car window and have a tray of food delivered moments later by a friendly carhop at a root beer stand is an eagerly awaited summertime ritual. The term “carhop” is thought to haveRead More »

CityLove: Philadelphia According to Local Preservationist Liz Maillie

Join us as we talk with local preservationist Liz Maillie about all things Philadelphia. Read More »

[Historic Bars] The Dakota Inn Rathskeller in Detroit, Michigan

Next up in our tour of historic biergartens: Detroit's Dakota Inn Rathskeller, where taps and taxidermy await.Read More »

CityLove: Explore Seattle by Instagram

CityLove Header: Learn More!In our latest CityLove post, join us as we explore Seattle by Instagram.Read More »

[Interview] Five Questions with Charles Phoenix, “Treasure Hunter”

Meet Charles Phoenix, a performer and humorist who loves to celebrate America's kitschy pop culture past.Read More »

[Historic Bars] Scholz Garten in Austin, Texas

Scholz Garten is one of America's most historic beer gardens AND Austin's longest continuously operating business.Read More »

Uptop, Colorado: A Ghost Town With a Beating Heart

Uptop, Colorado, has a transformative history that brings a new meaning to the term "ghost town."Read More »

[Historic Bars] From Island Shack to National Acts: The Chicken Box in Nantucket, Mass.

The Chicken Box in Nantucket, Mass., retains its warm and casual establishment on an increasingly decadent island. Read More »

Gloria Estefan Announces Major Contribution to Miami Marine Stadium

Amid a day of stunning street art, trustee Gloria Estefan shared some great news for our National Treasure.Read More »

Pharmacies-Turned-Restaurants: The Cure for What Ails You

Check out these cool eateries around the country that also have a unique pharmacy history. Read More »

CityLovePHL: Our Week in Instagram Shots

Last week’s CityLove celebration in Philadelphia inspired 2,700 photos on Instagram alone. See some of our faves here.Read More »

[Historic Bars] The Slippery Noodle Inn: A Local Joint With a National Name

The Slippery Noodle Inn, Indiana's oldest continuously operating bar, balances a local vibe with a national reputation.Read More »

American World's Fairs Icons that Have Stood the Test of Time

Most structures built for the World's Fair are demolished, but some historic marvels have stood the test of time.Read More »

[Historic Bars] The Salty Dawg Saloon, Homer Spit, Alaska's Best (And Only) Bar

The Salty Dawg, Homer Spit, Alaska's only bar, is a popular gathering spot for tourists and locals alike. Read More »

Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in Portland, Oregon: A Refuge for All

A landmark Pacific Northwest cemetery also serves as a popular public green space.Read More »

CityLove: Meet Philadelphia

Staffer Grant Stevens shares what he loves most about Philadelphia just days before the big CityLove event this Friday.Read More »

[Historic Bars] Pinkie Master's Lounge, Savannah's Best Dive Bar

From presidential candidacy announcements to the jukebox, Pinkie Master's Lounge is a Savannah institution.Read More »

CityLove: Philadelphia by Instagram

Take a beautiful tour of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, which is where we're headed next -- in person!Read More »

Futuristic Chattanooga Pharmacy Now Facing an Uncertain Future

Moore & King Pharmacy has its roots deep in Chattanooga, Tenn. Following its sale to a major hospital, its Art Moderne structure is up for sale. Read More »

[Historic Bars] The Gangway, San Francisco's 104-Year-Old Dive Bar

Open since 1910, the Gangway is one of San Francisco's oldest gay bars -- and a beloved, genuine neighborhood dive.Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] Milk Bottle Buildings of Southeastern Massachusetts

With warmer weather fast approaching, Mod Betty stops at these funky ice cream shops in Massachusetts.Read More »

CityLove: Get Ready, Philly!

CityLove Header: Learn More!Our CityLove series is taking it to the next level with IRL events in Philadelphia, the "Workshop of the World."Read More »

Preservation in Progress: Main Street Revitalizes Conrad, Iowa

Credit: Conrad Chamber, MainStreetBig changes are underway in Conrad, Iowa, which recently completed a facade renovation program. Check out the photos!Read More »

Why More People Should Know About Tacoma, Washington (And Not Just from 10 Things I Hate About You)

Credit: Sara Stiltner/National Trust for Historic PreservationTacoma, Wash., has found strength in the preservation and revitalization of historic buildings and neighborhoods.Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] The Clam Box in Ipswich, Mass.

Credit: Beth LennonThe Clam Box is a roadside destination for travelers curious about the unique building and its famous fried food within.Read More »

CityLove: Tour Chattanooga by Instagram

CityLove Header: Learn More!For this week's CityLove post, we're headed to beautiful Chattanooga, Tenn., for an Instagram tour.Read More »

[Instagram Tour] The Samuel Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, N.Y.

Credit: Roberta Lane, InstagramVirtually tour the Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, N.Y., a breathtaking public park undergoing renovations. Read More »

CityLove: Chattanooga Edition

CityLove Header: Learn More!Up next in our CityLove series: Chattanooga, Tenn., where we learn how the city became "The Scenic City."Read More »

Atlanta's Swan House: From Historic Home to "Hunger Games" Set

Crews also setup scenes in the front yard of Sawn House, which was used as the set for President Snow’s version of the White House. Credit: Atlanta History CenterSwan House staff dish on the site's history and its role in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."Read More »

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

Credit: Xanterra South RimTwo Grand Canyon tourist attractions designed by pioneering architect Mary Colter are turning 100 this year. Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] The Haines Shoe House in Hallam, Pa.

Haines Shoe House, a fun example of programmatic architecture, has been a York County landmark since 1948.Read More »

[Preservation Tips & Tools] Seven Steps to Plan a Heritage Trail

Heritage trails are great ways to experience an area's history in a fun, personal way. Here are tips for creating your own.Read More »

What Life Is Like Inside Not One, Not Two, But Three National Historic Landmarks

William Tyre of Chicago's Glessner House Museum reflects on the impact that National Historic Landmarks have had on his life.Read More »

CityLove: Atlanta Edition

Up next in our CityLove series: Atlanta, a city with a rich history that is regularly reinventing itself.Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] The Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, California

The Wigwam Village motels built in the 1930s and ‘40s remind us where our nation has come from and where it is going.Read More »

CityLove: Little Rock Edition

Part of the "Preservation" magazine series, CityLove, a closer look at the revitalization of Little Rock, Ark.Read More »

Tour Modern Houston by Instagram

Join us as we explore Houston, by Instagram, a city home to unique architecture and the tallest buildings in the American South.Read More »

Banks Turned Restaurants: History -- and Dinner -- You Can Bank On

Old bank buildings across the country are finding new lives as restaurants.Read More »

#SaveTheDome Selfies: Showing Love for a National Treasure

The Houston Rodeo is under way, but the real star? The Houston Astrodome! Check out our collection of Dome selfies. Read More »

CityLove: Tour Little Rock by Instagram

Join us as we explore Little Rock, Ark., by Instagram, which has us convinced that the only “little” part of Little Rock is its name.Read More »

A History Lover's Guide to the Shenandoah Valley

Explore some of the best eateries, lodging, and historic sites that the Shenandoah Valley region has to offer. Read More »

CityLove: Tour Boise by Instagram

Join us on an Instagram tour of Boise, Idaho, where the people are loyal, the food is organic, and the views are lovely.Read More »

Five Historic Places Where Legends of Black History Left Their Mark

The 3/4-mile Carver Nature Trail reflect young Carver's enthusiasm for the outdoors. Credit: Missouri Division of TourismCheck out five places where celebrated figures of black history walked, talked, and made their mark on the nation.Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] A Sweet Treat In Buffalo: Parkside Candy

Parkside Candies Buffalo NY Exterior Retro RoadmapJust in time for Valentine's Day: Delicious treats -- both visual and confectionery -- await you at Parkside Candy in Buffalo.Read More »

CityLove: Boise Edition

140212_blog_photo_cl-boise-skylineLooking for a place to love on Valentine’s Day? Our CityLove campaign suggests Boise, Idaho.Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] A Midcentury Marvel in Mayfair: Stein Your Florist

Stein Your Florist Philadelphia PA - Neon Exterior Front  -RetroRoadmapWeary of winter? Mod Betty takes us to Stein Your Florist in Philadelphia for a welcome shot of spring -- and neon.Read More »

Cities in Focus: Tour St. Louis by Instagram

St. Louis Instagram. Credit: stlgasmJoin us on an Instagram tour of "dangerously beautiful" St. Louis in our latest “Cities in Focus” blog post.Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] Duckpins? Candlepins? Let's Go Bowling!

Papps Bowling Center Bordentown NJ RetroRoadmapMod Betty explores three types of U.S. bowling -- and the iconic alleys that make the sport so much fun.Read More »

Six Must-See Places in Austin, Texas

"Hi How Are You" mural in Austin, Texas. Credit: memorycardfull, Flickrif you find yourself with a free day in Texas Hill Country, experience these six inspiring places in and around Austin.Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] The Wanamaker Organ and Light Show: A Philadelphia Holiday Tradition

View from the lobby in Macy's Center City, Philadelphia. Credit: Beth Lennon, RetroRoadmap.comMod Betty takes us inside Philadelphia's historic Wanamaker's building, home to the world's largest organ.Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] The Great Organ at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall

Methuen Music Hall Grand Organ. Credit: Beth Lennon, RetroRoadmap.orgIn anticipation of the holiday season, Mod Betty takes us to the Methuen Memorial Music Hall and its Great Organ.Read More »

French Connection: New Concord Museum Exhibit Explores Life and Work of Daniel Chester French

Daniel Chester French was born in 1850 and was hailed as the “Dean of American Sculpture” during his lifetime. One of his first works was a bust of prominent Concord intellectual Ralph Waldo Emerson, cast here in bronze. (He also completed plaster and marble casts.) Credit: Concord MuseumA new exhibit explores the life and work of sculptor Daniel Chester French and his connection to Concord, Mass. Read More »

Preservation on Full Display at the Old 280 Boogie in Waverly, Ala.

The crowd gathers for the Boogie in a open space ringed by historic buildings and pecan, oak, and sassafras trees. Credit: Katherine Malone-FranceThis outdoor concert -- and the historic town in east central Alabama -- enlivens and inspires attendees and residents alike.Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] Hinkle's Pharmacy in Columbia, Pa.: Serving Sodas and Snacks Since 1893

Hinkle's Pharmacy - Columbia PA - Exterior. Credit: Beth Lennon, RetroRoadmap.comMod Betty gets off the highway in Columbia, Pa., to explore Hinkle's Pharmacy (and try its "Shifter" sandwich).Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] Chick & Ruth's Delly: A Family Affair in Annapolis, Md.

Chick & Ruths Delly Annapolis MD -  Exterior. Credit: Beth Lennon, RetroRoadmap.comMore than a deli, Chick & Ruth's Delly is a neighborhood breakfast/lunch/dinner/late-night destination for the hungry.Read More »

Tourism Cares Volunteers Help Restore "America's Hometown" of Plymouth, Mass.

Tourism Cares volunteers help restore the authentic timber palisade surrounding the 17th-century English village at Plimoth Plantation. Credit: Kane Collective and Green Castle VideoMore than 275 volunteers helped Plymouth, Mass., preserve its famous treasures, saving $160,000 in labor and 2,113 hours of effort.Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop in NYC: The Flatiron District’s Lunch Tradition Since 1929

Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop -- Continuing Fine Quality Since 1929. Credit: Beth Lennon, RetroRoadmap.orgMod Betty continues her East Coast lunch counter tour with a visit to a classic deli in New York City's Flatiron District.Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] Seating Thousands (10 at a Time) at Texas Tavern in Roanoke, Va.

The Texas Tavern lighting up the late night streetscape of downtown Roanoke, Va. Credit: nickgraywfu, FlickrNeither in Texas nor a tavern, this sliver-sized restaurant is a local landmark with world-famous chili. Mod Betty reports.Read More »

[Retro Roadmap] The Lunch Counter at Sine’s 5&10 Cent Store in Quakertown, Pa.

The lunch counter at Sine's 5 & 10 Cent Store in Quakertown, Pa. Credit: like, totally on FlickrKicking off a new series, "Mod Betty" from RetroRoadmap.com shares her favorite old-timey lunch counters with us.Read More »

Behind the Scenes in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Superior Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Ark., is now a brewery and distillery. Credit: Rush Jagoe Thermal waters played a huge role in Hot Springs, Ark.'s past -- and now are influencing its future.Read More »

10 Recommended Stops on the Journey Through Hallowed Ground

Oak Hill, James Monroe's country estate. Credit: Gordon BeallThe Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area features hundreds of historical treasures. Here are 10 we recommend.Read More »

The Moravian Legacy: Discovering the Group's Southern Stronghold

Bethabara Moravian Church also known as the Gemeinhaus. Credit: Jeanette Runyon, FlickrWinston-Salem, North Carolina, boasts a treasure trove of Moravian culture and historic structures.Read More »

[Sitings] Decatur House: Witness to White House History

Decatur House, former home of naval hero Stephen Decatur, now houses the National Center for White House History in Washington, D.C. Credit: bobosh_t, Flickr.Visit the home of naval hero Stephen Decatur, just across from the White House in Washington, D.C.Read More »

100 Years Young: New York City’s Centennial Buildings

Grand Central Terminal. Credit: Definitive HDR Photography, Flickr.In Grand Central's centennial celebration, here are New York City icons reaching the 100-year mark in style.Read More »

[Interview] Zach Schonfeld: "I Visit Presidential Birthplaces"

Zach Schonfeld's project: he visits presidential birthplaces. Credit: Rachel Pincus.22-year-old Zach Schonfeld visited 39 presidential birthplaces to learn the local stories behind the national myths.Read More »

Silver Birches: Polishing a Jewel at Michigan's Mackinac Island

Silver Birches ready for the 2013 July 4th festivities. Credit: Silver Birches.Silver Birches, a dilapidated lodge at summer colony Mackinac Island, is being restored to its 1906 magic.Read More »

“Save Wigwam Village”: On the Road to Cross-Cultural Communication

Roadside attractions like Wigwam Village are disappearing. How should we preserve them to best represent America’s diverse cultural legacy?Read More »

[Sitings] African Meeting House, Nantucket

130713_blog_photo_nantucket2Popular summer destination Nantucket is home to the African Meeting House and the Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House.Read More »

Twitter Chat Recap: Travel, Bucket Lists, and Announcements

Historic marker for Hasbrouck House in New Paltz, NY. Photo courtesy Robert A, Flickr.Highlights from the June 2013 #builtheritage Twitter chat -- and an announcement regarding July.Read More »

En Mi Lindo Puerto Rico: A Personal Experience with Iglesia de San José

130626_blog_photo_sanjuanGuest writer Jessica Coscia remembers her childhood visits to one of the oldest churches in the Western Hemisphere.Read More »

[Slideshow] Saddle Peak Lodge: Game Meats with a Side of History

 Saddle Peak Lodge is a popular venue for special events, like weddings, graduation celebrations, and office parties. The outdoor dining spaces, in particular, have hosted many special occasions.Tucked in the Santa Monica Mountains, this award-winning restaurant was a former roadhouse for the Hollywood set.Read More »

150 Years of Gettysburg History: An Event Round-Up

This monument to New York’s Excelsior Brigade sits south of Gettysburg on Excelsior Field. Credit: fauxto_digit, FlickrThis monument to New York’s Excelsior Brigade sits south of Gettysburg on Excelsior Field. This summer will mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest and most storied conflict of the Civil War. You can read all about the effort to preserve battlefield monuments in the Summer 2013 issue of Preservation magazine,Read More »

[Sitings] Hotel de Paris: French Flair in Colorado

Exterior of the Hotel de Paris. Credit: Flowercat, FlickrFind a taste of Paris in the mountains of Colorado with this Sitings slideshow of Hotel de Paris.Read More »

The Battle of Lake Erie: By the Numbers

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial watches over the Put-in-Bay. Credit: Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, FlickrCheck out these facts and figures from the most important naval battle in the War of 1812.Read More »

[Slideshow] Instagram Tour: Five Reasons to Heart the Rust Belt, Courtesy of Cleveland

blog-industrialAhead of the Vanguard Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, Jason Clement reflects on why he just can't quit Rust Belt cities.Read More »

[Sitings] Lower East Side Tenement Museum: Elevating the Ordinary

Visitors to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum get to explore the history of the Lower East Side and the lives of its former residents. Once home to 7,000 immigrants between 1863 and 1935, this area of New York City offers the stories of those who came to the United States looking for a newRead More »

Iconic US Eateries: Second Helpings from a Preservation Reporter

Weiners Circle in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: ashleighb77, flickrThe places to try the iconic food of each locale are decidedly those frequented by the common man -- usually after midnight.Read More »

[Sitings] Chesterwood: A Sculptor's Idyllic Retreat

Each year, during the month of May, French left his permanent home and studio in New York for six months and moved with his family to Chesterwood, where he worked on over 200 public and private commissions. He shared this house with his family during these summers.Daniel Chester French retreated here to create masterpieces. Come see where he worked and dreamed.Read More »

Summer Travel (part 2): The Road Trip Through History Continues

We're revving our engines for more summer travel that takes us through the “Cradle of American Culture” to the Badlands.Read More »

Summer Travel (part 1): See History Come Alive Across the Country

Your enthusiasm about discovering historic places can inspire others to visit too. So pack your bags and get going!Read More »

[Sitings] Gaylord Building: Gateway to History

This week we're off to the Gaylord Building in Lockport, Ill., home to canals, limestone, and history.Read More »

Resonance: What Really Does Happen When You Revisit Memorable Places

Wrought iron detail in Paris. Credit: Priya ChhayaA sense of place is in the details, as Priya Chhaya discovers on two recent re-visits home and abroad.Read More »

[Sitings] Filoli: Showcasing "California Eclectic"

This week's Sitings take us to Filoli, a country estate spotlighting early 20th-century architecture and garden design.Read More »

[Sitings] Lyndhurst: Gothic Gem of the Hudson River Valley

Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, NY. Credit: lulubrooks, FlickrLyndhurst, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Tarrytown, New York, overlooks the Hudson River and the stunning Tappan Zee Bridge which connects South Nyack, New York to Tarrytown, New York. Just a short drive from New York City, the Site and Tarrytown are a great daytrip for tourists in the BigRead More »

[Sitings] The Philip Johnson Glass House: A Transparent Experiment in Architecture

Open seasonally, the Philip Johnson Glass House offers tours, special events, and related programming to the public. Visitors can join them for the 2013 season beginning May 2. Credit: diametrik, FlickrThe 2013 season at the Philip Johnson Glass House begins May 2. Check out the sights at this iconic site.Read More »

[Sitings] Villa Finale: From Boarding House to Local Gem

Owner Walter Mathis single-handedly saved a historic neighborhood when he restored one of its homes. Learn more.Read More »

[Sitings] Brucemore: A Century of Stories

Experience Brucemore, a Midwestern mansion and estate that celebrates family, community, and the 20th century.Read More »

The Return: What Happens When You Revisit a Memorable Place?

La pyramide du Louvre (The Louvre Pyramid) rises from Cour Napoléon in central courtyard of Musée du Louvre. Credit: wallyg, flickrPriya Chhaya reflects on her recent experiences revisiting Paris and New Orleans.Read More »

[Sitings] Oatlands: A Mansion for All Seasons

This week's slideshow brings us to Oatlands, a beautiful 19th-century home in Virginia's rolling hills.Read More »

Mississippi Delta Tour Tells the Stories of Civil War, Civil Rights and the Blues

Dockery Farm. Credit: Carolyn BrackettReserve your National Trust Tours spot now to visit this unique region that forever changed America’s character and culture.Read More »

Iconic US Eateries (At Least According to This Preservation Reporter)

Ben's Chili Bowl, Washington DC. Credit: fensterbme, flickrDave Weible explores how Americans' sense of place is closely tied to our sense of taste at some of his favorite dives.Read More »

[Sitings] The Farnsworth House in Plano, Ill.

Mies van der Rohe's iconic Farnsworth House is located about an hour west of downtown Chicago in Plano, Illinois. Conceived in 1945 for Dr. Edith Farnsworth, the home was completed in 1951.If you are in Chicago, don’t miss your chance to sneak away from the Windy City and see this gem.Read More »

Spend the Perfect Day in Monterey

3)	Another view of Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Credit: Michael PG, FlickrHistory-rich Monterey is also chock-full of scenic views, stunning art, and delicious food. Check out our ideal itinerary.Read More »

[Slideshow] Sitings: Belle Grove Plantation

The Manor House at Belle Grove Plantation, a historic house museum, located at 336 Belle Grove Road in Middletown, Virginia. Completed in 1797, the Manor House was designed in the Classical Revival architectural style and served as the residence of Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Madison Hite, sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove Plantation was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. The Plantation and surrounding Cedar Creek Battlefield were designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1969 and National Historic Park in 2002.This week's virtual visit: Belle Grove Plantation, which opens its season on Saturday, March 23.Read More »

[Slideshow] Sitings: Shadows-on-the-Teche

The Shadows at magic hour. Credit: adie reed, FlickrThe Shadows at magic hour You can't help but get a little more pep in your step when spring arrives, and for preservationists, that often means escaping the indoors to go visit beautiful historic places. But in case you can't make it to all those places on your historic bucket list right now, we'll bringRead More »

Five One-of-a Kind Historic Places to Visit This Spring Break

Filoli Garden. Credit: National Trust for Historic PreservationOur historic sites offer something for everyone on spring break. See where your next adventure might take you.Read More »

History for All Seasons: Activities to Take You From Winter to Spring

New York Hall of Science. Credit: bondidwhat, flickrHistory is a year-round activity, and with spring around the corner, Priya Chhaya anticipate more historical fun ahead.Read More »

High Tide for Modernism in Rehoboth Beach?

Modernism style in North Shores, Rehobeth Beach. Credit: Arnold BerkeContributor Arnold Berke examines if modern architecture is on the verge of a renaissance in Rehoboth Beach.Read More »

A Comeback on Terpsichore Street: Restoring Professor Longhair's New Orleans Home

Professor Longhair’s house on Terpsichore St. in New Orleans. Credit: robbiesaurus, FlickrSeveral NOLA groups are working together to restore the famed jazz musician's house and share music history.Read More »

Preservation Vacation: Rock Rest, A Home Away From Home

A postcard of Rock Rest in its heyday in 1959, given to guests as a souvenir. Credit: Valerie CunninghamFor years, a couple's Maine inn welcomed African-American visitors who couldn't stay elsewhere.Read More »

Preservation Vacation: Sag Harbor, A Close-Knit Hamptons Enclave

Sag Harbor Movie Theater. Credit: PamelaVWhite, flickrNext in our series on historic African-American vacation spots: the unique identify of Sag Harbor in Long Island, NY.Read More »

"Shop Life": Exploring the Immigrant Entrepreneur at the Tenement Museum

Schneiders' Saloon, Tenement Museum. Credit: Keiko NiwaLearn how a new, hands-on exhibit at NYC's Tenement Museum uses shopkeeping as a lens for immigration and community.Read More »

Preservation Vacation: Capturing the American Dream in Oak Bluffs

Overton House, Oak Bluffs. Credit: Elaine WeintraubNext in our series on historic African-American vacation spots: Oak Bluff, a premier resort town on Martha's Vineyard for over a century.Read More »

A Look Inside Yosemite's Historic Ahwahnee Hotel

Ahwahnee Great Lounge. Credit: DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite.Learn about the "crown jewel" of the National Park System’s man-made treasures in the Rustic Style.Read More »

[SLIDESHOW] Dispatches from a Cross-Country Road Trip

Relive assistant editor Lauren Walser's cross-country road trip with this behind-the-scenes slideshow.Read More »

Preservation Vacation: What's Next for Idlewild, Michigan's "Black Eden"?

Idlewild Michigan Historical Markers Dedication, Yates Township, Lake County. Credit: MI SHPO, FlickrRead the first in our series on historic African-American vacation spots. First up: Idlewild, Michigan's storied "Black Eden."Read More »

Putting the Puzzle Together: Reflections on Travel in Seattle

Staffer Priya Chhaya explores Seattle's many facets and discovers a unique sense of place.Read More »

Spokane by Candlelight

The Candlelight House Tour allowed National Preservation Conference attendees and Spokanites alike a peek inside Cliff Park residences.Read More »

[GALLERY] Spokane in Pictures: @PresNation Edition

We showcase some of our favorite Spokane pics -- via Instagram -- from the 2012 National Preservation Conference.Read More »

Searching for San Francisco’s History: Hidden Gems Edition

Following our San Fran field office's picks will soon have you rubbing elbows with locals.Read More »

A Stylish Stay in New York City's Historic Jane Hotel

Written by Laura Wainman, Editorial Intern The 1908 red brick Georgian-style Jane Hotel was built by William Alciphron Boring. September is my favorite month for myriad reasons. Washington weather typically drops a good 15 degrees after August, Starbucks begins serving its tasty Pumpkin Spice latte, and the social media world is abuzz with the latestRead More »

Mumford on Main Street: How Music Helped a Community

Written by Brendan McCormick, Grants & Awards Assistant As I was driving down Route 26 towards downtown Dixon, Illinois, I got a little worried when one of the first stores I saw off of the highway was a massive Wal-Mart. However, upon closer inspection, I realized that the parking lot was sparsely populated.  As IRead More »

Pacifico Preservation Adventure: Los Angeles, CA

The National Trust is participating in the 2012 Pacifico Beer summer promotion, Make Adventure Happen, in which we are competing for a portion of $100,000 based on the number of votes we receive (voting instructions at the end of the post). To raise awareness for the contest, we've partnered with five preservation fans to highlight "PreservationRead More »

Sleepover at Alcatraz: Spending the Night in America’s Most Infamous Prison

Alcatraz's main cellblock at night. I admit, I hesitated before boarding the ferry to spend the night in a prison cell on “the Rock.” Over the summer, the volunteers restoring the Gardens of Alcatraz (partially funded, incidentally, by a National Trust grant) were offered the chance to sleep over on the island as a “thankRead More »

"Tellin We Story": Preserving the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor

Written by Laura Wainman, Editorial Intern My first foray into historic preservation came, albeit begrudgingly, at the age of 10. We were on a family vacation out West, mainly visiting the Grand Canyon, but stopping at what felt like every historic landmark known to man along the way. My dad was a huge fan ofRead More »

Destination-Worthy Tax Credit Projects Around the Country

Written by Erica Stewart, Public Affairs With Labor Day upon us, let's take a quick look at some of our nation’s historic travel destinations -- particularly ones that are what they are today because of the federal historic tax credit. The Belton Chalet in Montana, for example, was the first of six hotels that wereRead More »

Pacifico Preservation Adventure: Chicago, IL

The National Trust is participating in the 2012 Pacifico Beer summer promotion, Make Adventure Happen, in which we are competing for a portion of $100,000 based on the number of votes we receive (voting instructions at the end of the post). To raise awareness for the contest, we've partnered with five preservation fans to highlight "PreservationRead More »

You Can't Take the Sky from Me: Reflections on Travel in Albuquerque

If I had to sum up my last week in Albuquerque, New Mexico in two words it would be this: the sky. During the day it was a brilliant shade of blue, at dusk a deep shade of pink, and there were moments this past week where I thought all I had to do wasRead More »

A Double Dose of Southern Comfort

By Susannah Ware “Darlin, have you ever been here before?” the Bristol Campground manager asked in his sweet country drawl. “No sir, I haven’t,” I replied, smiling through the phone and instinctually reverting to the Southern politeness I had grown up with. “Well, we’ve got 1,300 acres and y’all are welcome to sleep wherever youRead More »

Pacifico Preservation Adventure: Portland, OR

The National Trust is participating in the 2012 Pacifico Beer summer promotion, Make Adventure Happen, in which we are competing for a portion of $100,000 based on the number of votes we receive (voting instructions at the end of the post). To raise awareness for the contest, we've partnered with five preservation fans to highlight "PreservationRead More »

Searching for San Francisco’s History, Part Two

After a second day visiting with friends and working out our quads on San Francisco’s notoriously hilly streets and our credit cards in its charming neighborhood boutiques, day three of my recent visit to the City by the Bay was filled with more heritage tourist must-sees. We hopped a cable car (okay, hopped may beRead More »

Searching for San Francisco's History, Part One

Amidst the heart-pounding coverage of Team USA’s race to the top of the Olympic podium in London a few weeks ago, I vaulted across the country myself for a close friend’s California nuptials, spending three fabulous days in the culturally and historically-rich City by the Bay. Even on my short visit it was easy toRead More »

Pacifico Preservation Adventure: Montpelier, VT

The National Trust is participating in the 2012 Pacifico Beer summer promotion, Make Adventure Happen, in which we are competing for a portion of $100,000 based on the number of votes we receive (voting instructions at the end of the post). To raise awareness for the contest, we've partnered with five preservation fans to highlight "PreservationRead More »

Thoughts from the Summit at Green Mountain Lookout

Upon first gaping at the precarious perch of the historic fire lookout on the summit of Green Mountain, my backpacking companion captured the sentiment exactly: “Yep, those old timers were crazy.” The precarious perch of the lookout above a steep ledge. The Green Mountain lookout stands on the crest of a volcanic ridgeline more thanRead More »

Twitter Chat Recap: Historic Travel

We've been doing the #builtheritage Twitter chat for about a year and a half now, but this month's was the first time I've seen the whole vibe of the chat -- and in many ways, the lifestyle of a working preservationist -- summed up in a single tweet: @jonaskayla When you work in a fieldRead More »

Pacifico Preservation Adventure: Dallas, TX

As we announced late last week, the National Trust is participating in the 2012 Pacifico Beer summer promotion, Make Adventure Happen, in which we are competing for a portion of $100,000 based on the number of votes we receive (voting instructions at the end of the post). To raise awareness for the contest, we've partnered withRead More »

Be a Backyard Tour Guide: Preservation Travels in Albuquerque, NM

Historic San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town Albuquerque. This summer I've been writing a lot about travel: dreaming about the perfect summer, living along a river, imagining what a life of leisure would be like (if only, right?). Now, in two weeks, I'm heading off on my last vacation for the season --Read More »

LA Dispatch: Wine and History at Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House

Feisty oil heiress and theater star Aline Barnsdall would have been pleased to see the scene that unfolded on her lawn at Hollyhock House last Friday: throngs of people sprawled out on picnic blankets, sipping wine, catching up with friends, and watching the sun set over Los Angeles. I know I was enjoying the revelries.Read More »

A Historic Hotel Proves a Respite from a Historic Heatwave

Written by Elizabeth McNamara, Preservation Magazine assistant editor While Washington, D.C. continued to make extreme heat milestones, my husband and I dashed north to Maine, seeking relief from the Beltway’s record-breaking weather. And relief we did get, for two nights at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, which was settled in the 1600s as a tradingRead More »

The Perfect Summer Vacation

We all know how the summer feels. As a child it is blissful and freeing, a removal from the constraints of arithmetic and chalkboards to a time of jaunts at the playground and road trips with the family.  When we are older summer becomes about escape from the rhythm of everyday, a time of relaxationRead More »

[Interview] Allison Wottawa of the "Ally Quest" Travel Series

Allison Wottawa is exactly the kind of person you want telling you about interesting places and the histories and stories that made them that way. She's energetic, smart, and glows on camera. As you'll read in our interview below and see in the below videos, Allison is the creator and host of an online travelRead More »

[Slideshow] Detroit's Valentine Distilling Co.

Last week I spent a few days in the preservationist mecca of Detroit, Michigan. I'll touch on some of my other preservation-related visits on the blog next week, but first -- a photo tour of Valentine Distilling Co., a company we highlighted last year because of owner Rifino Valentine's decision to locate his business in anRead More »

My American Road Trip, Part 8: Last Stop

Two weeks and about 4,500 miles later, Blaise and I have limped across the finish line to Los Angeles, exhausted and glad to be home. But in between Portland and here, we made one final stop: Blaise’s hometown of Davis, California. The Davis Amtrak station, built in 1913. After two weeks of exploring brand-new places together,Read More »

A Holiday in New York's Thousand Islands

Ahh, vacation. It’s a lovely word. It is a time where you kick off your shoes and stop thinking about anything related to work. Unless, for example, you love history and you’re vacationing along the St. Lawrence River at the Thousand Islands in upstate New York -- where I was last week. Being there remindedRead More »

My American Road Trip, Part 7: Rediscovering the Pacific Northwest (and its Coffee!)

After a 9-hour slog through western Montana, Idaho, and central Washington -- during which we stretched our legs and did some minor sightseeing in Spokane, home of this year's upcoming National Preservation Conference -- we arrived at the beautiful Mayflower Park Hotel, part of the Trust's Historic Hotels of America program, in downtown Seattle. Originally called the Bergonian, the hotel's original ground floorRead More »

My American Road Trip, Part 6: Heavy Metal

The drive from Jackson, Wyoming, to Butte, Montana, was an adventure that fit perfectly into our Wild West weekend. On the way out of town, Blaise and I had to stop to let two moose cross the highway. Then we drove through snow in Idaho and a torrential rainstorm near Norris, Montana, so we wereRead More »

My American Road Trip, Part 5: Jackson, Ho!

The trip from Boulder, Colorado, to Jackson, Wyoming, marked the Wild West portion of my updates from the road, and the first leg of the journey took Blaise and me to Cheyenne, Wyoming. A friend who had once visited Cheyenne made us promise to stop there to eat at a little restaurant called the LuxuryRead More »

My American Road Trip, Part 4: Bouldering

The drive from Columbia, Missouri, to Boulder, Colorado, was grueling. Twelve hours in the car is not for the faint of heart, even with a leisurely lunch stop in the charming downtown district of Salina, Kansas. But Blaise and I were rewarded handsomely as we drove into Colorado toward the sun setting over the RockyRead More »

History and Exploration in Beaufort, SC

It wasn't long after my arrival in Beaufort this past Monday that I began to feel a blog post coming on. The trip down from Charleston was punctuated by views of the state's rolling green landscape of marshes, moss-draped Live Oaks, and its infamous palmetto palms. However, it wasn't a particularly nice day and theRead More »

My American Road Trip, Part 3: Journey Through St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri

I've visited St. Louis many times, yet I never tire of seeing the Gateway Arch emerge from the horizon. And my first stop once in town: The Loop. Thanks to reader Susan, who recommended visiting this neighborhood in my original post, I took a detour and saw a part of the city I might haveRead More »

My American Road Trip, Part 2: Nashville Bound

First things first: a huge thank you to everyone who suggested places I should visit on my journey West. I’m starting to think I need to plan another road trip once I’m settled back in Southern California -- especially since the first lesson I learned on the road is that one evening, or even oneRead More »

My American Road Trip, Part 1: Leaving Town

Two years ago, almost to the day, I drove my little hatchback from Los Angeles to Washington, DC, with nothing more than a couple boxes of kitchen items, some books, and my boyfriend, Blaise. I had said goodbye to the Pacific Ocean and headed out to become an assistant editor with Preservation magazine. (Writing aboutRead More »

Mumford & Sons to Headline Summer Tour in Historic Main Street Communities

I've guessed at the British folk rock band Mumford & Sons' affection for old and interesting places since seeing their "Sigh No More" album cover showing the band standing in an old London shop window. The music video for their popular song "Little Lion Man," which was filmed at London's historic Wilton's Music Hall, furthered thatRead More »

My Travels to Milwaukee and Fort Worth, and the Prospect of an American Grand Tour

Starting in the late 16th century through to the 18th century, rich, young Europeans (and later Americans) traveled around Europe on something known as the "Grand Tour." Meant to be a capstone to formal education, the Tour involved a period of travel to some of Europe's great cities with the intention of introducing individuals to society,Read More »

"Adaptive Reuse" Brings Old Warehouses and Garages to Life ... In Which City?

Written by David Alpert I recently visited an American city with many downtown buildings from a long-departed industry. The city's downtown is now experiencing new life, and many of the historic buildings are finding new uses after sitting vacant for many years.   This is a complex of old warehouses which have now become retailRead More »

Feeling the Pull: Thoughts from a Traveling Historian/Foodie/Urbanist

Travel is almost always at least a little stressful, but it's also incredibly exhilarating -- because with it comes the chance to experience new (or familiar) places, and to make new stories both for yourself and about the places you're visiting. In my case I'm headed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, followed by five days in FortRead More »

Baltimore and Me: New Experiences in a Familiar Place

Staff for the National Main Streets Conference arrived into Charm City with the familiar refrains of Hairspray’s “Good Morning Baltimore” running through our heads. Obvious reference, maybe, but an apt one seeing as many of us had been waking up at dawn to prepare for the day's activities and sessions. Baltimore's Washington Monument. (Photo: Gavin St.Read More »

The Byway to Gettysburg: A Vista that Inspires

My earliest historical memories as a child involve a road trip up to Gettysburg National Military Park. At the time it felt like an epic journey (field trips rule!) with a group of friends. I must have been in elementary school at the time because my impressions of that first trip are mostly of being somewhere away from school, and not much about the battlefield itself.Read More »

I Brake for Brown Highway Signs (And Other Road Trip Thoughts)

Sometimes it feels like historic preservation is this very formal and staid task. And, sometimes, it is. We talk about it as a responsibility, which it certainly is. But our interest and engagement with old and historic places can be as casual as slowing down to admire a building shaped like a pot. Or running screaming from a creepy old house. Or easing the gas pedal while passing through an old main street. Our appreciation and interaction with these places, whether accidental, intentional, planned, or spontaneous, is one of the most crucial elements of their eventual memory and sustainability.Read More »

Climbers Inspect the Washington Monument for Earthquake Damage

An inspector rappels down the pyramid atop the Washington Monument. (Photo: Sarah Campbell)Written by Sarah Campbell Under a cloud-riddled sky, more than five hundred feet above tourists, Park Rangers, and news crews, an engineer secures ropes and cables to the apex of the Washington Monument. It’s not a sight seen every day, but is one, weather-permitting, we’ll be seeing over the next week. The engineering firm ofRead More »

Soon, it'll All be Nice on Ice at Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Inside the ice well where ice was stored, using straw as insulation.   Alexandria's Gadsby's Tavern Museum is getting an upgrade--for its ice well. The ice well might sound insignificant, but is a critical part of the museum's history.Read More »

How We Spent Our Summer Vacations

Citizenship Ceremony at Mt. VernonFor National Trust staffers, summer means playtime -- a chance to visit all the historic places we love studying and sharing. What follows is a sample of our colleagues' adventures. But it's not all about us -- please share your travels in the comments!Read More »

Villa Finale Hardhat Tours Teaching Neighborhood Preservation

Villa Finale, the San Antonio home of preservationist Walter Mathis, is welcoming the public into the house to see the restoration work in progress.Read More »

Do You Know How to Visit Archaeological Sites With Respect?

Written by Dr. Rebecca Schwendler Do your travel plans include exploring archaeological ruins in the West? If so, please watch this informative video. Produced by the San Juan Mountains Association and the Bureau of Land Management Anasazi Heritage Center with a grant from the Colorado Historical Society, the video features five Native Americans of differentRead More »

One of 220: National Trust Historic Site Included on List of Proposed Park Closures in California

cooper-molera-adobeFrom ghost towns and lighthouses to expanses of fragile desert and those infamous redwoods, California’s 1.4-million-acre parks system boasts more than 280 miles of coastline, 625 miles of lake and river frontage, 15,000 campsites, and 3,000 miles of hike and bike trails...for now. If you've watched the news lately, you know that times are toughRead More »

A Big Victory in the Fight to Preserve South Carolina’s Ashley River Region

Watson HillBy George McDaniel I am thrilled to report a positive outcome in our long campaign to stop the mega-development, Watson Hill, and to preserve the historic Ashley River Region. The wonderful news is that the timber company, MeadWestvaco, which initially sold the tract in July 2004, is re-purchasing Watson Hill and folding it into their largerRead More »

Review Heritage Destinations and Win a Free NYC Theater Tour

Through my travels for business and pleasure, I’ve visited over 500 cities in 35 countries and nearly every state in the U.S. I've learned the value of traveling with the information necessary to get to the "must-see” sites. In the old days, I would ask family and friends for recommendations. Occasionally, I found their definitionRead More »

Teaching Preservation: Past, Present & Future

SomethingOne of the coolest and most gratifying perks of being a teacher is, by far, hearing back from former students. The other day, in the midst of our big move (which is still going on), I received a call from one of my former Research History kids who graduated some three years ago. As always,Read More »

Christened with Watermelon Juice, Lincoln, Illinois Continues to Celebrate its Most Famous Resident

Lincoln christening his namesake town with watermelon juice. (Image: http://www.geocities.com/findinglincolnillinois/)Does America take Lincoln’s birthday for granted? Not in Lincoln, Illinois, the only town in the country named for Abe Lincoln before he became famous—while he was still a young attorney on horseback serving Illinois’ 8th judicial circuit. I can speak from experience, having lived in Lincoln for 26 years before relocating to Washington inRead More »