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In January 2017, after several months of planning, fundraising, and connecting wires, Preservation Maryland launched our newest project: a weekly podcast called PreserveCast . While it may be recorded in Maryland, the podcast is national in its content, interviews, and reach. Live recording of PreserveCast in July 2017. | Credit: Aaron Marcavitch In Print, Online, and Now On Air Preservation Maryland made the strategic decision to launch our own podcast as a component ...
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Holly Morris ’ newest documentary, The Babushkas of Chernobyl , premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival and earned her the Jury Award for Directing. Lauded by reviewers, the film, which focuses on a defiant community of women who live inside Ukraine’s radioactive “exclusion zone,” is based on Morris’ award-winning and widely syndicated eponymous essay (also published as Ukraine: A Country of Women ) and her popular TED Talk . Follow her on Twitter @hollymorris . ...
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As federal, state, and local governments coordinate an emergency response to natural disasters in Florida and the Gulf Coast region, the National Trust, together with our state and national partners, is developing recommendations for a recovery package that prioritizes the rehabilitation of historic properties damaged by wind and water. Increasing the amount of the historic tax credit (HTC) for federally declared disaster areas has worked well as one aspect of the legislative response to help repair, ...
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This is not about women’s history. It is about our history. Telling a broader American story is a priority at historic sites. Moreover, recent thinking holds that interpretation should be intersectional—that is, not tell the stories of various communities in isolation, but rather tell stories together because they are intertwined. The women’s history of any given historic site is not separate from any of its other narratives—neither from the traditional or dominant stories nor from more recent ...
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This fall Preservation Leadership Forum will publish a series of blog posts about women's history and historic preservation. We hope that these posts will inspire thinking and conversations not only about women's history at historic sites but also about how those narratives intersect with other stories—both dominant and underrepresented—to weave together the full American story. Posts will be linked below as they are published. Image from a U2 concert in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in June ...
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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 ! For any organization a large part of creating a social media following is building brand awareness and directing followers into your membership or donor pipeline. However, that’s not the only way to ...
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By Elizabeth Chew Since the late 1980s, museum leaders, curators, and educators have greatly expanded race- and class-based interpretations, broadening the stories of elite house and estate dwellers by incorporating narratives of those who performed the tasks necessary to keep such places functioning. With that, the interpretation of slavery has become a major focus. It has typically emphasized the physical realities of labor “ from can’t see to can’t see ”; the diverse knowledge and specialized ...
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In the last few weeks, “heritage” has trended on social media and in popular discourse more than at any other time in recent history. It started when violence flared on the streets of Charlottesville, ostensibly over the fate of an outdoor bronze equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee. The images that streamed out of Emancipation Park on August 12 roiled the nation and intensified an ongoing debate about the propriety of Confederate memorials. This debate quickly spread to communities across the United ...
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As Washington wraps up its August legislative recess, the president and congressional leaders look to build momentum to advance a comprehensive tax reform bill before the end of the calendar year. The so-called Gang of Six—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady—is meeting regularly in hopes of reaching ...
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The Forum Blog   has been publishing a series   that responds to the question: When does historic preservation become social justice? This post concludes that series and reflects on the themes and ideas that have been discussed. Interested in starting a discussion about the series? Sign up for  Forum Connect . We wrap up our social justice series at a time when the controversy around Confederate memorials dominates the news. These conversations have challenged Americans to question how ...
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When President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 , Japanese Americans living across the West Coast had only days to pack up their lives—to decide what few belongings were essential and what to do with the many other things that they were leaving behind for an indeterminate period of time—and report to internment camps. When I try to put myself in their shoes, I feel panic and a deep sadness that anyone had to go through such an ordeal. Panama Hotel basement collection | Credit: ...
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The hateful white supremacist rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, reinvigorated a challenging national debate about what we should do about Confederate monuments in our public squares. The historic preservation community has been grappling with many of these difficult issues for some time now. Rosa Parks’ childhood home near Abbeville, Alabama. | Credit:  Photo  by  Pat Henson  licensed under  CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 As such, we wanted to share some examples, resources, and tools ...
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By Danielle Del Sol The Forum Blog is publishing a series that responds to the question: When does historic preservation become social justice? In this post we examine the connection between historic preservation, social justice, and faith-based community organizing. Interested in starting a discussion about the series? Sign up for Forum Connect . This article briefly mentions events surrounding Confederate monuments in New Orleans. It is not intended as a response to the current national ...
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The Preservation Leadership Forum recently released the newest issue of its Forum Journal : “ Preserving Difficult Histories .” This issue, published in partnership with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience , focuses on the interpretation and preservation efforts at places associated with difficult, and often untold or underrepresented, histories. The articles present a wide array of tactics and strategies that emphasize the importance of place in interpreting some of our nation’s ...
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By Valerie Balint Artists’ homes frequently represent a unique combination of a domestic environment and a laboratory for experimenting with new modes of artistic expression. At home, unfettered by the need to satisfy patrons, the artist is free to try their hand at architecture, landscape design, decorative interiors—or all three. Sculptor Daniel Chester French’s summer retreat at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is an example such an environment—one personally conceived by the artist, ...
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Posts in  this series  about social media in preservation are digging 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 ! One of the biggest buzzwords in nonprofit digital and social media right now is storytelling. The current wisdom is that, in order to inspire people to become advocates and donors in support of our cause, we need to tell compelling stories ...
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The Forum Blog  is publishing a series   that responds to the question: When does historic preservation become social justice? The series explores multiple themes, including how preservationists can apply environmental justice to protect our most vulnerable communities. Two posts in the series share insights from environmentalists working at both the national and local levels about how and why preservation should address e nvironmental inequality in vulnerable and under-resourced communities, ...
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The United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement in early June ignited an international conversation about global climate change and its disproportionate effects on the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable communities. Given that the United States is responsible for almost a third of global carbon emissions and, historically, the most greenhouse gas emissions, we might well be expected to honor our commitment to limiting the impact of climate change. But figuring out what issues ...
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Over the coming months, we’ll be publishing our annual reading lists leading up to PastForward 2017. As always, these lists present curated videos, articles, and projects that we hope will spark discussions in Chicago come November 14–17. Early bird registration ends September 15. Register today! Many people are surprised when I refer to the preservation of old places impacting people’s health. Place—where someone is raised, where they work, where they live—has a profound impact on health ...
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By Andrew Wilkes The Forum Blog   is publishing a series   that responds to the question: When does historic preservation become social justice? In this post we examine the connection between historic preservation, social justice, and faith-based community organizing. Interested in starting a discussion about the series? Sign up for  Forum Connect . While community organizing collectives are diverse and pursue a variety of missions, at their core they are institutions that organize individuals ...
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