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Over the past few weeks, we’ve been providing our annual PastForward reading lists—curated selections of reports, articles, and videos to prep you for our annual conference. We hope that they’ll spark discussions come November 15–18, when PastForward arrives in Houston, Texas. Register now! At this year’s PastForward conference, the preservationPLACES theme will explore how the preservation movement can drive interest in historic places; highlight their...
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By Chelsea-Anne L. Harrington Completed in 1970, the Sculpture Gallery at The Glass House was built to display Philip Johnson’s sculpture collection, which includes works by prominent artists such as Frank Stella, Michael Heizer, and Robert Rauschenberg, to name only a few. The dramatic interior of the Gallery—a striking pattern of light and shadows cast throughout five levels—is created by complex geometry overhead. The long, vertical frame of the glass and aluminum skylight...
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For many in the museum industry, Nina Simon is a familiar name—not only for her seminal work, The Participatory Museum , but also because her blog, Museum 2.0 , examines how new digital processes can work in the museum world—specifically in terms of programming and community interaction. As the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, she puts her theories and experiences into practice. Her latest book, The Art of Relevance , explores how mission-driven...
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By Carrie Richter In August the Oregon Supreme Court interpreted the state’s historic preservation consent law in a landmark case, Lake Oswego Preservation Society v. City of Lake Oswego . At issue was whether a structure that has a pre-existing designation as “historic” can be removed from protection simply by request of a subsequent owner. For more than half a century, the identification, designation, and protection of historic landmarks has been an important tool for...
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By Callie Hawkins The United States is and always has been a nation of immigrants. On July 4, 1864, the same day the Lincoln family moved to President Lincoln’s Cottage for the last time, Abraham Lincoln signed into law An Act to Encourage Immigration . This legislation fulfilled the promise of the 1860 Republican Party platform that pledged that immigration “should be fostered and encouraged by a liberal and just policy.” Lincoln recognized immigrants as one of America’s...
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With fall quickly approaching, we have kicked off our annual PastForward reading lists! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be providing a curated selection of reports, articles, and videos to prep you for our annual conference. We hope that they’ll spark discussions come November 15–18, when PastForward arrives in Houston, Texas. Register now! The preservationVOICES theme will continue last year’s invigorating discussions about historic preservation’s role...
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On Wednesday, September 14, as part of Preservation Leadership Forum’s webinar series, I hosted a 30-minute webinar about the ins and outs of the National Trust’s grant program. You can listen to a recording of the webinar and download a PDF version of the slides . Attendees had a chance to ask questions, and I answered as many as I could at the end of the presentation but ran out of time before all the questions could be addressed. Here is a selection of the remaining questions...
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Patricia Bell-Scott’s recent book, The Firebrand and the First Lady , details the friendship between Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt, both of whom were instrumental in the struggle for social justice in the 20th century. Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and impact is well documented, but Murray’s story—that of an African American woman, member of the LGBTQ community, civil rights and women’s rights activist, the lawyer responsible for producing what Justice Thurgood...
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By Megan E. Springate In honor of the 2016 anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS), Preservation Leadership Forum is hosting a series of blog posts highlighting its programs and history. In these posts staff look back on how far the NPS has come and forward to where it hopes to go in the future. In this post, we talk to Megan E. Springate, the prime consultant for the NPS LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer] Heritage Initiative, about the forthcoming LGBTQ theme...
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Today’s preservation movement is increasingly committed to saving places that tell a full, inclusive story of our nation’s past. Preservationists are engaging and learning from diverse communities to remedy the biases and oversights of earlier historians. A top-down, one-sided history focused on the great deeds of white men routinely overlooked the contributions of women, people of color, and other underrepresented communities, distorting our understanding of history and our evaluation...
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Cities are enjoying a rebirth through reinvestment and reuse of existing places that invites preservationists to reach for the next level of impact in shaping the communities we love. All across the country, more Americans are being drawn to older and historic neighborhoods to live and work. The National Trust has been involved with the revitalization of cities for decades. With strategic focus and organization-wide commitment, the Trust now has the opportunity to promote the reuse of...
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With the end of summer quickly approaching, we have kicked off our annual PastForward reading lists! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be providing a curated selection of reports, articles, and videos to prep you for our annual conference. We hope that they’ll spark discussions come November 15–18, when PastForward arrives in Houston, Texas. Haven’t registered yet? Don’t forget that rates go up after September 15! Over the course of the last year, the preservation community has been...
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Avalon International Breads has been located in a converted storefront on the Cass Corridor for nearly 20 years. | Credit: Adam Jacobs Photography Though many cities across the country have experienced rapid growth followed by steep economic decline at some point in their histories, the scale of Detroit’s challenges and opportunities is unparalleled. Because of this it is particularly important to explore the role that Detroit’s existing buildings play in catalyzing...
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By Jamesha Gibson This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. The preservation movement has undergone significant changes since the passage of the Act, and we can anticipate more advancements in the years to come. To ensure that these changes resonate with America’s increasingly diverse communities, it is imperative that preservation organizations (on both the national and local levels) conduct targeted outreach and engagement of underrepresented constituencies...
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By Dave Gonzales Every year, thousands of visitors to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Florida, enjoy seeing how the prolific author lived and wrote during the decade he spent there in the 1930s. Curators have meticulously maintained the stately two-story Spanish Colonial home, which retains original architectural features from 1851 and displays the Hemingway family’s furnishings and artifacts as they were when the author lived there. One thing contemporary sightseers...
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In May the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project of Richmond, Virginia, invited Max Page and Joseph Krupczynski from the Center for Design Engagement —a nonprofit organization affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Amherst—to spend a week in Richmond working with the community to produce a design proposal for Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park. Part dialogue, part design charrette, the resulting report is now available for review and comment through August 31 . ...
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With the end of summer quickly approaching, we are kicking off our annual PastForward reading lists! Over the next few months, we’ll be providing a curated selection of reports, articles, and videos to prep you for our annual conference. We hope that they’ll spark discussions come November 15–18, when PastForward arrives in Houston, Texas. Haven’t registered yet? Don’t forget that rates go up after September 15 ! Livability: Arts and Equity This...
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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 , helping you explore the challenges of all those facing the impacts...
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In June, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) held its 84th annual meeting in Indianapolis. During the meeting, the USCM passed Resolution 93 . Sponsored by New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, the resolution celebrates the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) by emphasizing the formative role the USCM played in the creation of the NHPA, celebrating its many accomplishments and benefits, and expressing an optimistic view about the future of the NHPA and historic preservation....
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By John Leith-Tetrault For the first time since the passage of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) in 1976, federal bank regulators (the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) have clarified in detail how banks can meet their CRA obligations by making Historic Tax Credit (HTC) investments. The preamble to the new issuance features specific comments on the HTC on page 16. The CRA requires regulated financial institutions...
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