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Cheryl Hargrove was the first director of heritage tourism for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, serving from 1989 through 1995. As a national leader in heritage tourism, Hargrove developed key steps and principles for sustainable tourism focusing on history and culture, which hundreds of communities across the world have used over the past three decades. Her new book, Cultural Heritage Tourism: Five Steps for Success and Sustainability (published by the American Association for ...
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Friday at PastForward began with our final TrustLive, which featured documentarian Holly Morris. Morris' presentation, which focused on her film, "The Babushkas of Chernobyl," was followed by a discussion with Anna Ricklin from the American Planning Association; Bonnie McDonald from Landmarks Illinois; and Nikos Salingaros, a mathematician from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Both the presentation and the talk that followed addressed the power of place to affect health and well-being. ...
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“Architecture is the hardware to software of life. Our art and culture is our user interface.” —Bryan C. Lee Jr. Visit the Preservation Studio, and tell your story at the Preservation Leadership Forum booth. | Credit: Priya Chhaya From transfer development rights to your brain on preservation, Thursday at PastForward asked attendees to look at preservation with fresh eyes. For example, one common theme was shifting focus from who tells their story to how we tell our story. ...
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After a day of incredible diversity and inclusion conversations ( which will continue long after the conference is over ), PastForward 2017 officially kicked off last night with the Opening Plenary at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University here in Chicago. Over the course of an hour, we heard from a variety of speakers—all of whom emphasized the critical theme from the past year:  action . The Opening Plenary took place at the historic, magnificent, and luminous Auditorium Theatre. ...
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Good evening and thanks for joining us for PastForward 2017. It is a pleasure to be here with you in Chicago, one of America’s most historic cities.  This was once the center of American industry. The nexus of the railroads and the meeting place of east and west. The home of Hull House and the birthplace of skyscrapers. The “City of the Big Shoulders,” as Carl Sandburg put it. “Come and show me another city with lifted head singing, so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.”  Sarah ...
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The 2017 National Preservation Awards are being presented throughout this week at PastForward 2017 in Chicago. The awards honor an inspirational set of projects, individuals, and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the field of preservation. View from a community garden at the Hamnett Place Neighborhood. | Credit: Rob Larsen Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards recognize ...
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This week PastForward 2017 kicks off here in beautiful Chicago, where preservationists from all over the country will come together to learn, mingle, and immerse themselves in all that this great city has to offer.  Can't attend in person? You can still be a part of the conversation.  The livestreaming from PastForward is   free   and can be watched from the comfort of your home or the convenience of your office. While we want everyone to register as a full attendee and participate in ...
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Update (11/17/2017):   The effort to preserve the historic tax credit (HTC) took a critical step forward in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee last night, as tax legislation continues to advance through Congress. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., succeeded in increasing the HTC back to 20 percent from the 10 percent level in the initial Senate proposal when the Finance Committee included his pro-growth amendment in the legislation it approved. Read the full statement from Stephanie K. Meeks, president ...
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by Rebecca Yates The preservation field continues to grapple with engaging underrepresented communities to tell richer and more inclusive American stories—and with reflecting this diversity in preservation practice. This was underscored in the 2016 Forum Journal issue, “ The Full Spectrum of History: Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion in Preservation. ” In her introduction, National Trust for Historic Preservation President and CEO Stephanie Meeks wrote: “a more diverse and inclusive preservation ...
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What is the brain science behind the way we experience old places? As a lifelong preservationist, I, like many other old house hunters, have “felt” the quality of an old place. Even decades later, I can imagine and re-experience the feeling of being in the old abandoned shell of a house serving as a barn that I recalled from my childhood in the “Why Do Old Places Matter?” series . When I remember the tall plastered rooms of that house, it’s as if I am in that weatherworn old place right now, touching ...
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Editor's Note:  We have updated our recent piece on the current critical moment regarding the protection of the federal historic tax credit (HTC). Today the House Ways and Means Committee released a tax reform bill that eliminates the federal HTC. The bill language is not surprising—it reflects the guidance of an outline for tax reform that the “Big Six” released five weeks ago—but now is the time for the preservation community to show our strength if we are to save this vital preservation tool.  ...
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By Sara Collini and Andrew Salamone How do digital tools change the research, construction, and presentation of historical narratives? Two Ph.D. students in history at George Mason University share their experiences with presenting arguments about the past by creating 10-minute digital stories. Sara Collini’s Project My digital storytelling project began much like a traditional history paper. While interning at George Washington’s Mount Vernon , I came across a letter George Washington ...
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We are continuing our annual reading lists leading up to PastForward 2017. As always, they present curated videos, articles, and projects that we hope will spark discussions in Chicago come November 14–17.  Register for the conference today! Through the Connections theme we will continue telling the broader American story at PastForward 2017. We will explore the importance of including younger demographic groups in preservation. We will learn about the potential of historic places related ...
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In this post, which concludes the Forum Blog   series   about women's history and historic preservation, Katherine Malone-France examines the evolving nature of women's history at National Trust for Historic Preservation historic sites. Interested in discussing this post with other readers? Sign up for   Forum Connect .  Also remember, as part of our direct-action work to save historic places, the National Trust is interested in soliciting sites associated with women’s history as   potential ...
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Update (11/17/2017):   The effort to preserve the historic tax credit (HTC) took a critical step forward in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee last night, as tax legislation continues to advance through Congress. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., succeeded in increasing the HTC back to 20 percent from the 10 percent level in the initial Senate proposal when the Finance Committee included his pro-growth amendment in the legislation it approved. Read the full statement from Stephanie K. Meeks, president ...
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If older buildings contribute measurably to the success of cities, why are so few of them “protected” in the traditional sense? In cities across the country, the Preservation Green Lab has measured the number of pre–World War II buildings against the number of buildings designated as historic on either national or local registries and found that the overlap is surprisingly tiny. In Los Angeles, as in the historic core of many cities, nearly 40 percent of the city’s building stock dates from before ...
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By Nikos A. Salingaros Buildings and urban spaces provide healing environments for people. Most people understand this intuitively, yet the reasons to preserve that we have codified into law are not based on data about the neuroscience behind this truth—they tend instead to be commandeered by those who wish to impose a particular ideology. A city’s building stock, like the supply in any ecosystem, needs to be replenished on a continuous basis. Yet demolition and replacement have devastated ...
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The Forum Blog has been publishing a series about social media in preservation that addresses community management, storytelling, advocacy, and more. Have questions? Reach out on Forum Connect ! Also, keep an eye out for our sessions at PastForward 2017 ! As the posts in this series have demonstrated, social media can be employed for a wide range of purposes: outreach, community building, storytelling, advocacy, and more. But sharing blindly and without a strategy is a hit-and-miss ...
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In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the National Marine Sanctuaries Act , which authorized the Secretary of Commerce to designate and protect areas of the marine environment that possess special national significance. This federal law was the first to specifically call for the protection of marine areas that possess significant “conservation, recreational, ecological, historical, scientific, educational, cultural, archaeological, or esthetic qualities.” Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...
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The Forum Blog is publishing a   series   about women's history and historic preservation.  Interested in discussing this post with other readers? Sign up for   Forum Connect .  Also remember, as part of our direct-action work to save historic places, the National Trust is interested in soliciting sites associated with women’s history as   potential National Treasures . It won't be news to anyone to hear that there is a (well-documented) dearth of historic sites dedicated to, or even incorporating, ...
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