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The 2017 National Preservation Awards

The 2017 National Preservation Awards are being presented throughout this week at PastForward 2017 in Chicago. The awards honor an inspirational set of projects, individuals, and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the field of preservation. View from a community garden at...

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Reid Williamson: An Originator and Champion in Preservation

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...

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Top Tips from SurveyLA, Los Angeles’ Citywide Historic Resources Survey

By Janet Hansen and Sara Delgadillo Cruz This year marks a milestone for historic preservation in Los Angeles with the completion of SurveyLA. The concept for the project began in 2000, when the Getty Conservation Institute initiated a multiyear feasibility study to review best practices and...

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“Just Say Yes”: How Improvisation and Craft Shaped the Restoration of the Chicago Athletic Association Building

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 another&rsquo...

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Eastern State Penitentiary: National Trust’s Trustees Emeritus Award for Stewardship

By Sara Jane (Sally) Elk The National Trust’s Trustees Emeritus Award for Stewardship, presented during PastForward 2016 in Houston , came at a perfect time for Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary . Over the past 29 years, Eastern State has transformed from an abandoned...

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Making the Past Come Alive Through Historic Places

By Glenn Wilson and Essence Wilson Why is it sometimes so difficult for Americans to connect with our history? Perhaps some of us take our history for granted or get hung up on the parts that are not so positive. And could it also be that the way history is traditionally presented is ......

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Embracing Change Through Rebranding: Preservation Utah

By Kirk Huffaker For the past 50 years, Utah Heritage Foundation has worked to unite all Utahns to ensure that historic places thrive in a rapidly changing world. Utah’s historic architecture is as rich in diversity, style, form, and function as the topography that has influenced it. We...

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Remarks from Knox Mellon and Paula Wallace: 2016 Louise du Pont Crowninshield Recipient

Remarks from Knox Mellon: 2016 Louise du Pont Crowninshield Recipient As everyone who has ever been involved with saving historic sites and structures knows, historic preservation is first and foremost a group effort. Any recognition of my personal involvement could not have occurred without...

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The 2016 National Preservation Awards

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. We are proud to...

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