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During the latest Forum Webinar, presenters discussed the importance of using social photography and video to build connections and audience.   Listen to a recording of the webinar to hear Sarah Heffern, Kirsten Hower, and Raina Regan from the National Trust for Historic Preservation—as well as Liz Williams from Gadsby's Tavern—discuss using Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook Live, and more. The presenters emphasized using visual media on social networks to engage a wide variety of audiences around preservation: ...
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By Emily Choi  The fog was where I wanted to be. Halfway down the path you can’t see this house. You’d never know it was here… That’s what I wanted—to be alone with myself in another world where truth is untrue and life can hide from itself.” —Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey into Night I stood at that same spot, halfway down the path. There wasn’t any fog, but I could easily imagine my favorite author sitting on the Monte Cristo Cottage porch. Long Day’s Journey was particularly “close ...
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Earlier this month a group of National Trust for Historic Preservation staff traveled to San Francisco for a site visit in advance of  PastForward 2018 , which will take place November 13–16. This trip provided conference staff based in Washington, D.C., with an opportunity to conduct dry runs of events and tours, check out meeting spaces, and connect with our local supporters. Get a sneak peek at this year’s Field Studies and special events, along with a look at our host city, by searching for ...
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By Erin Carlson Mast A version of this piece originally appeared on the American Alliance of Museums website on March 20, 2018. The “Lincoln shiver” is what many of the staff and advisers called it during the restoration of President Lincoln’s Cottage . The shiver is a feeling one gets just by being in the Cottage—or on the grounds—here at the Soldiers’ Home , on a hilltop in northwest Washington, D.C. The shiver came at different times for different people. For some, it was when they ...
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Editor’s note: May is Preservation Month, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages you to celebrate the important places in your community. Can creating equitable and sustainable communities through a people-centered preservation movement—as well as the other key concepts outlined in  Preservation for People: A Vision for the Future —help you save the places that matter to you? Let us know what the future of preservation means to you:  download the "This Place Matters" ...
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Earlier this month I took a memorable trip from Memphis, Tennessee, down to the Mississippi Delta with a group of preservation and history enthusiasts. Dr. Bill Ferris , the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and one of the nation’s leading scholars on the American South, joined us and helped set the context for what we were seeing in Mississippi towns such as Oxford, Sumner , Indianola , and Dockery Farms . He spoke knowledgeably and passionately about the connections ...
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We spend all year advocating for places that matter. During Preservation Month, we flex our preservationist muscles by setting aside time to celebrate and explore historic places in innovative ways. This May the National Trust needs your help. Complete the action items on the list below, and let us know when you've done so by tagging  #ThisPlaceMatters . We can’t wait to see what you accomplish! This Place Matters at Arcadia Center for Food and Sustainable Agriculture at Woodlawn, a National ...
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By Saima Akhtar Editor’s note: Preservation Month is coming up in May, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages you to celebrate the important places in your community. Can building a more inclusive, people-centered preservation movement—as well as the other key concepts outlined in   Preservation for People: A Vision for the Future —help you save the places that matter to you? Let us know what the future of preservation means to you:   download the "This Place Matters" ...
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In an effort to increase community awareness and engage young minds in historic preservation, the Dade Heritage Trust , Miami-Dade County’s largest historic preservation organization, developed a Florida curriculum standards–based program called Historic Places, Green Spaces. Funded through local foundations, the free program has been well received and is setting its sights on expansion.   Kids in participate in the Historic Places, Green Spaces program in Lumnus Park. | Credit: Dade Heritage ...
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Editor’s note: Preservation Month is coming up in May, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages you to celebrate the important places in your community. Can collaborating with new and existing partners—as well as the other key concepts outlined in Preservation for People: A Vision for the Future —help you save the places that matter to you? Let us know what the future of preservation means to you: download the "This Place Matters" toolkit , and share your photos on social ...
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Our national parks tell the stories of remarkable people and events in our nation’s history. The network of 417 parks and sites stewarded by the National Park Service (NPS) spans more than 84 million acres across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and many U.S. territories. Unfortunately, after more than 100 years of operation and inconsistent public funding, the National Park System faces a deferred maintenance backlog estimated at $11.6 billion, of which approximately 47 percent is attributed ...
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By Willie Graham The Brice House and the accompanying record of James Brice’s accounts leave tantalizing clues about his bid to rise through the elite society of Annapolis, Maryland, late in the colonial era. Interior of the Brice House  |  Credit: Willie Graham James Brice’s father, John Brice Jr., was a wealthy Annapolitan who, despite being condemned for his Loyalist leanings by some of his contemporaries, twice won the mayorship of his hometown, was appointed to Maryland’s Provincial ...
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By Tom Richmond The 1894 Recreation Pavilion at Lyndhurst houses the two oldest regulation-sized bowling lanes in the world. Helen Gould, daughter of railroad magnate and former Lyndhurst owner Jay Gould, commissioned what we now refer to as the Bowling Alley two years after her father’s death. Built in shingle style and balloon framed, with miles and miles of shellacked Douglas fir beadboard on the interior, the structure had indoor plumbing, but no electricity (until the 1940s). Juxtaposed ...
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By Sarah Zenaida Gould and Moira Nadal Latinos in Heritage Conservation (LHC) was founded in 2014 by Laura Dominguez, Desiree Smith, and Sarah Zenaida Gould as a network of Latinx people engaged in historic preservation. LHC has since grown by leaps and bounds into a national organization of professionals, educators, and advocates dedicated to promoting historic preservation in Latinx communities throughout the United States, elevating Latinx historic places and stories as part of a more inclusive ...
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The National Park System is one of our nation’s best ideas—a network of 417 parks and sites that protect spectacular historic, cultural, and natural resources and tell the stories of remarkable people and events in our country’s history. The National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for maintaining the system, which is composed of more than 84 million acres across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and many U.S. territories. Credit: Architect of the Capitol The size and complexity ...
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By Kji Kelly Editor's note:  In November 2017, Washington Hall was presented with a  Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award  at PastForward in Chicago.  As Seattle’s only citywide public development authority, Historic Seattle has worked since 1974 to foster a more livable environment through advocacy, education, and preservation of buildings and cultural landscapes. Our unique, three-pronged approach directly touches the lives of Seattle’s residents and visitors. We collaboratively ...
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The latest Forum Webinar featured an in-depth discussion about including women’s history at historic sites. Kristen Laise, the executive director of Belle Grove Plantation ; Molly Jessup, the curator of education at the Oneida Community Mansion House ; and Barbara Lau from the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice discussed their work interpreting women’s history—including identifying source materials, developing interpretive plans, and building narratives that deal with challenging ...
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By David J. Brown Save America’s Treasures (SAT)—a preservation program first funded by Congress during the Clinton administration, maintained during the Bush administration, and defunded by the Obama administration—has now returned as a preservation tool, thanks to the efforts of congressional supporters and preservation advocates across the country. While SAT is principally funded by the National Park Service (NPS), the National Trust for Historic Preservation has been a key partner in the program ...
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By Roland Miller Editor's note: National Trust for Historic Preservation staff members Priya Chhaya and Carson Bear recorded the live interview with Roland Miller and astronaut Paolo Nespoli that is featured in the clips embedded in this post. The full playlist of clips from that interview is on the National Trust YouTube channel . When the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s inaugural human space flight came in 2011, astronaut Cady Coleman was on the International Space Station ...
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By Jennifer Goodman and Sharee Williamson For several years the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have worked together to protect New Hampshire’s cultural landscapes from the proposed construction of an approximately 200-mile transmission line project called Northern Pass. This transmission line would stretch from Quebec, Canada, through the state of New Hampshire and include approximately 1,500 transmission towers. Many other conservation organizations ...
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