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National Marine Sanctuaries: Protecting History Underwater

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...

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The Art of Preservation at Chesterwood

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...

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PastForward 2015 Closing Luncheon and 50th Anniversary Kickoff

The final event of #PastForward 2015 served as an anniversary party, kicking off a year of celebrations. The luncheon began with the presentation of the American Express Aspire Award by Tim McClimon, Executive Director of American Express Foundation, and was followed by a keynote by Department...


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Conserving Drayton Hall’s Iconic Portico

Figure 1: Drayton Hall preservation staff investigate the iconic portico. | Credit: Drayton Hall by Trish Smith Drayton Hall , a National Trust Historic site in Charleston, S.C., is widely considered the earliest and finest example of Palladian architecture in the United States...

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Conservation in Action: Brucemore's Grant Wood Sleeping Porch

Southwest corner of the porch showing Grant Wood’s stylized vines and woodland animals after conservation.| Courtesy of Brucemore Southwest corner of the porch showing Grant Wood’s stylized vines and woodland animals...

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Bridging the Gap: Boise at 150

By Sheri and John C. Freemuth Constructed in 1902, the Adelmann Building continues to dominate the corner of Idaho Street and Capital Boulevard in downtown Boise. The handsome turret was added in 1937, becoming part of Fong’s Tea...

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Experience the Places that Shaped Conservation’s Heroes

At last, after decades of taking parallel paths, the preservation and conservation movements are recognizing the value of working together to protect places of natural and cultural significance. The benefits—and, indeed, the necessity—of collaboration was a message repeated in many sessions and...