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Over the past three years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has played a leading role in the effort to broaden the use of real estate programs to save historic assets through the Historic Properties Redevelopment Program (HPRP) , with gen erous support provided by the 1772 Foundation . The HPRP has placed a special focus on promoting the use of revolving funds by preservation organizations and nonprofit community developers. In redeveloping historic properties, revolving funds ...
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The edges of our country are eroding. From Alaska to Louisiana, centuries of culture, tangible history, and dynamic communities are being battered by stronger storms and sea level rise—raising difficult questions about adaptation, relocation, and what it means to be an American experiencing climate change today. Over the next year, Victoria Herrmann, a National Geographic Explorer will chronicle America’s Eroding Edges (AEE) , helping you explore the challenges of all those facing the impacts ...
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By John Leith-Tetrault The 2017 Preservation Advocacy Week, which took place March 14–16, resulted in a significant increase in cosponsors for the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act (HTCIA). As of April 11, the bill has 10 Senate and 47 House supporters. That’s worth celebrating!  Several challenging questions emerged from those congressional members who still need convincing. This has led to new research by the Historic Tax Credit Coalition and a new set of talking points for advocates. ...
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The latest issue of “Preservation Magazine” features an article about the recently designated Bears Ears National Monument , highlighting the tremendous cultural resources now protected as well as the immediate threats to the new monument. But Bears Ears is not alone among recently designated (and even longstanding) monuments that opponents seek to challenge, and the Antiquities Act itself is facing new uncertainties .  Cliff dwelling at sunset in Eastern Cedar Mesa, part of the Bears ...
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Through ReUrbanism , the Preservation Green Lab staff has focused its attention on the relationship between old buildings and the challenges and solutions for cities in the 21st century. Our team lives and works in cities—including Seattle; Denver; Washington, D.C.; and New York—and we’re tuned in to the conversations around livability, affordability, density, and displacement in our hometowns and across the country. One issue that seems to keep coming up and overshadowing other debates is density. ...
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By Jeni Henrickson and Aaron Doering Geographic knowledge and inquiry skills are key in today’s globally interdependent world, including within the preservation field. Understanding geographic concepts like location, place, movement, human/environment interaction, and region is key to addressing challenges that have a worldwide impact—climate change, migration, political unrest, and food insecurity—as well as more locally centered challenges surrounding environmental and historic preservation ...
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Note: The 2017 Diversity Scholarship Program application is now available online . Please apply and share the application with organizations and higher education institutions—as well as with individuals interested in attending PastForward 2017 in Chicago as diversity scholars. In honor of the 25th year of the program, a limited number of scholarships will be available to past scholars who have met the two-year attendance limit. The application deadline is May 12. We know that a lack of ...
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By Laura Dominguez Though often eclipsed by San Francisco and New York City, Los Angeles has long been at the forefront of creating and shaping a collective yet diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) identity. For decades the L.A. region and its residents have played a vital role in bringing the experiences of LGBTQ communities into the public consciousness, their stories and struggles embedded in our built environment. Over the course of the 20th century, ...
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The Atlas of ReUrbanism is a resource to help urban leaders and advocates better understand and leverage opportunities in American cities . Currently the Atlas consists of three pieces: a summary report with baseline information and comparative tables for 50 cities across the country, interactive maps for an increasing number of those cities, and takeaway factsheets with topline analysis for the cities with live maps. Whats in a Factsheet? In trying to tell the story of each ...
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By Paul Alessandro Improvisation is the art of crafting a story based on bits of information contributed by the audience as well as fellow performers. Each night in improv theaters all over Chicago, actors use a simple rule to forward their improvisations and support one anothers creativity. Called yes, and..., the methodology requires performers to listen carefully to the ideas that their acting partners are advancing, agree with what has been presented, and add on to it. ...
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By John H. Sprinkle Jr. Soon after Now that the Slums are Fashionable: The Origins of Section 104 of the National Historic Preservation Act appeared in the fall 2016/winter 2017 issue of the Forum Journal , a colleague at the National Park Service (NPS) showed up at my door with a manila folder in hand. Here, he said, I think you might want to see this. Inside the folder were copies of correspondence that further elucidated the Historic Preservation Loan Program that was recommended by President ...
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The D.C. Historic Preservation Office has recently launched an application called HistoryQuest DC . This interactive map that provides historical data about approximately 127,000 of the citys buildings is a user-friendly new tool for scholars, researchers, students, and preservationists interested in historic buildings, historic neighborhoods, development patterns, and the citys built environment. But beware: in addition to simplifying the process of researching D.C. buildings, the map has been ...
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By Amanda Davis New York City is home to countless historic and cultural sites associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, yet only onethe Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Villagehas been officially recognized by the citys Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). That site, designated a New York City Landmark by the LPC in June 2015, had previously been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Last ...
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By Kristen Laise and Shannon Moeck It needs to be in this place, said A.D. Carter III, scanning the 1,000-square-foot room on the ground level of the 1797 Manor House at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Virginia. This room, with its exposed limestone walls and oak beams, was where enslaved laborers performed domestic work from the time that Isaac Hite Jr. and Nelly Madison Hite moved to the property in 1783 until the house was sold out of the family in 1860. Because Belle Grove Plantation ...
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On March 16 the Trump administration released an initial overview of its budget proposal for fiscal year 2018. America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again lays out President Trumps overall proposal for discretionary spending. If enacted, it would drastically limit the effectivenessand even existenceof many federal programs. It also lists several agencies and programs slated for major cuts or elimination to help offset a proposed $54 billion increase in defense spending. From ...
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The Pocantico Center Preservation Fellowship, now in its third year, is funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This two-week residential fellowship provides preservation professionals with the opportunity to reside in the historic Marcel Breuer House in Pocantico Hills, New York, while working on a defined project with significant benefit to the preservation field. As were currently (through March 31) accepting applications for the 2017 ...
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By Lauren Oswalt McHale In 2012 The LEnfant Trust launched its award-winning and Washington, D.C.s first Historic Properties Redevelopment Program (HPRP) in the Anacostia Historic District. The HPRP uses historic preservation as the key to reclaiming derelict buildings and transforming them into first-rate, turn-key homes that bankers will readily finance for new homeownersmembers of the citys workforce who have long been priced out of the expensive D.C. real estate market. Incorporated ...
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From cell phone tours to online exhibitions, historians and preservationists are using new technologies in historic interpretation and storytelling. For historic sites these technologies provide opportunities to engage with audiences online and in person. And new technologies can benefit preservationists by helping them convey the rehabilitation and reuse potential of the places they protect to developers, community members, and other stakeholders. Leading up to PastForward 2017 in Chicago, ...
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Earlier this year Preservation Leadership Forum published the Fall 2016/Winter 2017 issue of the Forum Journal . In that issue, Fifty Years of Heritage So Rich: The National Historic Preservation Act, authors sought to represent the breadth the Act and the programs it initiated, examining its many accomplishments as well as its unfulfilled potential. One piece involved a rare opportunity to hear from every Keeper of the National Register since its inception in 1966. During the interview, ...
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Update: Congress Cuts Public Out of Early Input on Public Lands On March 7, the Senate voted 51-48 to nullify the BLM Planning 2.0 rule, which updated the decades-old planning process for our public lands, gave the public greater input, and improved the outlook for countless cultural resources and archaeological sites on public lands. The House of Representatives passed the measure (H.J. Res. 44) in February by a vote of 234-186. President Trump signed it into law on March 27, overturning ...
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