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What scientific evidence supports historic preservation? We study the economics of historic preservation and know that it supports a vibrant and sustainable economy . We research the environmental and energy impacts of historic preservation and know that the greenest building is the one that is already built . We research what people like and know that they prefer old places . But what about the so-called “softer” benefits of historic preservation? What studies support those notions of belonging, ...
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By Andrea Roberts Over the next six weeks the Forum blog will be publishing stories that respond to the question: When does historic preservation become social justice? We start with an introduction by Andrea Roberts, founder of the Texas Freedom Colonies Project and a scholar of heritage conservation and urban planning.  Interested in starting a discussion about the series? Sign up for  Forum Connect . William Murtagh, the first Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places wrote that, ...
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by Tim Mikulski Over the coming months, posts in this series about social media in preservation will dig deeper into community management, storytelling, advocacy, and more. Have questions? Reach out on  Forum Connect ! Also, keep an eye out for our sessions at  PastForward 2017 —the full schedule is dropping in two weeks! Your organization has established itself in the world of social media with accounts on multiple platforms. You are gaining followers and have come up with a plan to share ...
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By Khanh Vo and Mariaelena DiBenigno In video games, place is arguably one of the most important components to player engagement. From the smoke-filled streets of the “Silent Hill” series to the bloody battlegrounds of the “Call of Duty” franchise, video game makers carefully plan when and where to set the scene. Specifically, historically relevant locations help advance the games’ narratives and encourage a powerful, if unexpected, interactivity with the past. Though perhaps not the initial ...
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This issue of the Forum Journal , published in partnership with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, explores interpretation and preservation efforts at places associated with difficult histories. Using a variety of approaches, preservationists and social activists across the country call on the power of place and narrative to illuminate some of the most painful chapters of our nation’s past. This work is vital not only because such history is frequently underrepresented and ...
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On Wednesday, June 21, as part of its ongoing webinar series, Preservation Leadership Forum hosted “ National Monuments Under Review: A Look at the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on the Antiquities Act .” Bears Ears | Credit: Donald J. Rommes This webinar examined the Trump administration’s review of certain national monuments that had been designated under the Antiquities Act since 1996. These include the Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah, which the National ...
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Registration is now open for PastForward 2017, the national preservation conference, which will take place November 14–17 in Chicago. Registration and complete conference details are online at  PastForwardConference.org . Art, advocacy, and innovation are the hallmarks of preservation in Chicago, where outstanding architecture and diverse neighborhoods have become a proving ground for preservation approaches. At PastForward 2017 we’ll focus on “forward,” exploring the next generation of preservation ...
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By Hilary Lewis   When I came on board as chief curator and creative director at the Glass House in January 2017, I determined that we should make every effort to exhibit artists who had strong ties to Philip Johnson and David Whitney as part of our 10th anniversary as a National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Site. Thanks to the generosity of the Salama-Caro family, we have the opportunity to exhibit Robert Indiana’s One Through Zero , a series of COR-TEN steel sculptures that ...
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Tax Reform Update While all eyes in Washington are on a possible Senate vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in July, tax reform is being crafted largely behind the scenes. White House economic advisor Gary Cohn recently commented that the “gang of six”—Cohn, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady—are meeting regularly behind ...
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Over the coming months, future posts in this series about social media in preservation will dig deeper into community management, storytelling, advocacy, and more. Have questions? Reach out on  Forum Connect ! Also, keep an eye out for our sessions at  PastForward 2017 —the full schedule is dropping in two weeks! It’s hard to believe, but it has only been a little more than 10 years since Facebook became available to the public, two years after launching at Harvard and then expanding to other ...
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In the mid-1960s, Congress recognized that the increased rate of human development needed to be balanced by efforts to preserve the nation’s natural and cultural resources. This awareness led to the passage of both the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.   The Wilderness Act created a mechanism for designating some of the country’s most undeveloped public lands as wilderness areas, thus preserving them in their natural state for future generations. Designated ...
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By Carlton Eley  Pollution can affect public health, weaken local economies, and hinder preservation within communities with environmental justice concerns. When communities are affected by wide-ranging problems, comprehensive and thoughtful solutions are needed.  Thirty years ago, the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development published the Brundtland Report . This study introduced a definition for sustainable development that experts continue to cite: “development that ...
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation is thrilled to announce our newest National Treasure, the Historic Neighborhoods of Philadelphia. In this complex and deeply historic American city, the Trust is furthering our commitment to defining the role of older buildings and blocks in advancing more inclusive, vibrant, diverse, and resilient cities through our ReUrbanism initiative. We are already advancing this work in Miami, Louisville, and Detroit by designing supportive policies, creating ...
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Last week National Trust for Historic Preservation staff traveled to Chicago for a site visit in advance of  PastForward 2017 , which will take place November 14–17. This trip provided conference staff based in Washington, D.C., 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, through the PastForward Storify (a roundup of social ...
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Historic battlefields, such as Antietam and Fort McHenry in Maryland and Little Bighorn in Montana, are iconic and evocative sites that encourage us to reflect on defining and oftentimes difficult events in our nation’s history. America’s very ideals and values were contested, shaped, affirmed, and reaffirmed at these places. In the Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln said: “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is ...
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By Kiki Bolender Displacement of low-income people, especially people of color, is alive and well in Philadelphia, where 54 percent of the population is African American or Latina/o. Modern-day redlining is keeping many people of color from getting the home improvement loans they need to maintain their 100-plus-year-old rowhouses. In 2012 38 percent of occupied homes in Philadelphia were owned by households earning less than $35,000. The Healthy Rowhouse Project has found that, in this most ...
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Last month Congress completed long-overdue work on FY17 spending bills, wrapping 11 of them into an Omnibus appropriations bill that the president signed into law on May 5. While the Omnibus came more than halfway through the fiscal year, it brought a number of highlights for historic preservation , including near-record funding for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), increases to National Park Service (NPS) funding that will help address the deferred maintenance of historic structures , and ...
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By Mariana Jordan Webb Lighthouses—intentionally constructed in exposed areas close to sea level—have long been the “canary in the coal mine” when it comes to talking about historic structures being impacted by sea level rise. In recent decades, several historic lighthouses have been relocated inland and to higher ground due to encroaching waters. More recently, the threat of sea level rise has expanded to endanger entire neighborhoods in low-lying coastal areas like Annapolis, Maryland; San ...
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By Marlee Gallagher In 2014 I went to a neighbor’s house for a community meeting and met graduate student, Ken Chu, along with a group of other Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) students, both graduate and undergraduate. They were all enrolled in a class focused on the intersection of design and policy and were designing a project to tackle blight in and around Pittsburgh. They focused on Wilkinsburg , a borough just east of Pittsburgh, not only because of the vast amount of blight and vacancy ...
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By Peggy Sigler and Sandy Carter Located in Clackamas County, on the southeastern edge of Portland, Oregon, the magnificent Willamette Falls , carved from basalt during the Ice Age floods , create a natural stopping place on the navigable Willamette River. Since time immemorial, indigenous people have taken salmon with dipnets from the falls’ cascading waters and harvested Pacific Lamprey from among the rocks. Trappers, settlers, and entrepreneurs were first drawn to the banks of the ...
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