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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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Bryan Lee Jr. is an architectural designer and design justice advocate. He is the founder/director of Colloqate Design , a nonprofit multidisciplinary design practice dedicated to expanding community access to design and creating spaces of racial, social, and cultural equity. Its programs and projects include facilitating discussions and gatherings of the Design Justice League, leading design workshops for young people, and helping residents of New Orleans present their own stories and visions ...
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The Annual Report on the Economic Impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit , first published in 2008, has long provided a statistical justification for improving the federal historic tax credit (HTC). More recently, the report has been used to bolster support for retention of the HTC in a reformed tax code. Tax reform bills are expected to advance in both the House and Senate in the coming weeks and all indications are that the HTC, along with most other business credits, are on the chopping ...
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By Anne Kyle The Forum Blog is publishing a   series   about women's history and historic preservation. This post is the second case study in the series. Interested in discussing this post with other readers? Sign up for   Forum Connect . Born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland, in 1822, Harriet Tubman made the fateful decision to escape when she was about to be sold at auction in 1849. Traveling by night and hiding by day, she traversed open fields, rivers, marshes, and woodlands. ...
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By Emma Gencarelli  Every summer, Lyndhurst—National Trust Historic Site in Tarrytown, New York—hosts a handful of Preservation interns from different academic programs, locations, and backgrounds. This year I was fortunate to be one of them. The interns’ projects vary from year to year. The work of this year’s group included replicating a component of a historic stove that has been in the house since the late 19th century. Previous interns have used this same casting process to replicate decorative ...
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On Tuesday, September 26 th , Preservation Leadership Forum hosted “ Commerce + Interpretation: The Possibilities, Pitfalls, and Principles of Shared Use at Historic Sites ”, as part of the Forum Webinar Series. One of the Barns at Cooper-Molera Adobe. | Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation The webinar covered the shared use model for Cooper-Molera in Monterey, California, which was developed with replicability in mind. As described in this 2015 post by Katherine ...
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By Janice Monger and Denise Rompilla  The Forum Blog is publishing a   series   about women's history and historic preservation. This post is the second case study in the series. Interested in discussing this post with other readers? Sign up for   Forum Connect . We at the Alice Austen House (“Clear Comfort”) , a proud member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program, aim to be a current and relevant museum rooted in history. The ...
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By Andy Grabel and Diana Tisue From attending dynamic events at historic house museums to staying at character-rich hotels to dining at unique restaurants, millennials seek diverse, authentic experiences in old and historic places. And whether leading the fight to save threatened old buildings or simply helping to celebrate them on social media, young people are finding new, engaging ways to strengthen communities through historic preservation.  The Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists ...
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Zenka is an artist and futurist. She is a thought leader in the field of augmented reality technology and exponential change. Her focus is creating meaningful conversations around what is possible in the future using emerging technology and crowd participation. Her work can be seen in the permanent collection of Delta at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Accenture Interactive in Soho, The Museum of Tech and Innovation, and tech startups in the United States and Europe. She has spoken ...
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by Sally Wagner The Forum Blog is publishing a series about women's history and historic preservation. This post is the second case study in the series. Interested in discussing this post with other readers? Sign up for Forum Connect . The Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue opened in 2010 after a 10-year, $1 million capital campaign to purchase and rehabilitate the home of Matilda Joslyn Gage in Fayetteville, New York. Gage was the third member of the National Woman ...
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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! At PastForward 2016 in Houston, the Preservation Green Lab team launched the Atlas of ReUrbanism . The National Trust’s ReUrbanism initiative focuses on supporting more diverse, equitable, and vibrant cities through the active, creative use of ...
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By Peter Hedlund In 2013 Encyclopedia Virginia ( EV ), a free and authoritative online resource published by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities , partnered with the Google Earth Outreach team to apply the technology behind Google Street View to capturing some of Virginia’s most interesting cultural resources. This project was originally intended to provide EV’s visitors an engaging way to virtually explore some of the places discussed in its articles, but it soon became clear ...
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By Bonnie J. Clark The Forum Blog is publishing a series about women's history and historic preservation. This post is the first case study in the series. Interested in discussing this post with other readers? Sign up for Forum Connect . When you imagine the Santa Fe Trail , what do you see? Prairie schooners? Rough men in beards drinking at a trading post? Buffalo grazing in waist-high grass? Now imagine that you are visiting the trailside settlement that was the last home of Kit Carson ...
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By Marsh Davis When Reid Williamson died on September 10, the preservation community lost a leader whose impact on the field had been profound, positive, and enduring. Reid’s work in historic preservation began in 1966, when he was hired as the first executive director of the Historic Savannah Foundation. He was recruited in 1974 to lead Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, now Indiana Landmarks . Here he enjoyed a stellar 31-year run, during which he built one of the most effective organizations ...
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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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