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Preserving the Sites of American Music

By Jeffrey A. “Free” Harris It took me years to realize how many music sites surrounded me while I was growing up in Hampton, Virginia. I attended my first concert at Fort Monroe—a National Historic Landmark, National Monument , and a National Treasure of the National Trust for Historic...

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Telling the Full American Story: The African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

This past September, for the first time in the 335-year history of our nation’s original capital, the city of Philadelphia erected a public statue to honor an individual African-American. The honoree in question was Octavius Catto, a black Philadelphian who successfully lobbied to desegregate...

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Remarks by Stephanie K. Meeks at PastForward 2017

Good evening and thanks for joining us for PastForward 2017. It is a pleasure to be here with you in Chicago, one of America’s most historic cities. This was once the center of American industry. The nexus of the railroads and the meeting place of east and west. The home of Hull House and...

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African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

Sam and Mary Cooke Preservation Fund for Hawai’i: Guidelines & Eligibility Grant Program Guidelines: December 2017 The acceptance period for Letters of Intent is now closed. If you submitted a Letter of Intent you will be notified via email of your status by April 1, 2018. We will update this...


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One Person at a Time: Interpreting Slavery at Montpelier

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...

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After Charlottesville: How to Approach Confederate Memorials in Your Community

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...

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A Historic Black History Month at Belle Grove

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,...

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The Unprecedented Success of Savvy Grassroots Politics in Preserving African American Heritage

Also by Sam Keiser One year ago, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and its political allies secured annual grant funding for the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) in the impressive amount of $1 million in perpetuity, setting a new...

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