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Interior Space: Preserving the International Space Station through Photography

By Roland Miller Editor's note: National Trust for Historic Preservation staff members Priya Chhaya and Carson Bear recorded the live interview with Roland Miller and astronaut Paolo Nespoli that is featured in the clips embedded in this post. The full playlist of clips from that interview is...

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Spring 2011 Forum Journal: Preserving America's Industrial Heritage

America’s “Rust Belt” manufacturing cities, its former mill towns, and its rural mining regions are littered with deteriorating structures and settings that have been abandoned due to the decline of once-thriving industries. Attempting to protect and revive such places can present many...


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Greater Pittsburgh's Industrial Communities in Transition

December 25, 1985. I was driving up East Carson Street in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood on my way to my grandmother’s home, a route I had taken for all of my 25 years. Although my grandmother had passed away in 1970, her home was still in the family, and was the traditional...

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Breathing Life into a Ghost Town: The Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center

Ghost towns are a source of endless fascination to people. Why was the town established? Why did the inhabitants leave? Where did everyone go? Maxville, Ore., was once a ghost town. But today, thanks to the efforts of the descendents of families who once lived there, the story of this former...

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Preservation Meets Energy Efficiency

The word “frontier,” meaning an area beyond an established border or boundary, is a familiar term in western history and can be applied to Spokane, which at one time epitomized the powerful force of westward expansion. Frontier can also mean cutting edge, as in exploring new territory in a...

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Approaches to Preserving Montana's Industrial Structures

Twenty-first century America is full of the remains of 19th- and 20th-century industry, from a 150-year period when the engines of manufacturing and production propelled this nation to economic dominance and prosperity. A time of unrivaled productivity, developing nations passed through a...

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Action Steps for Preserving Industrial Heritage

Industrial heritage sites have not attracted a great deal of attention from national groups or state-level preservation organization, for many reasons. The sites tend to be big, dirty, and complex, with potentially nightmarish maintenance costs and the specter of toxic residues or other hidden...

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Industrial Heritage Preservation Organizations and Institutions

The rise of industrialization has triggered arguably the most profound set of social and environmental changes in human history. More influential perhaps than the invention of agriculture or even of written language, the countless changes brought about by the mass production and consumption of...

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Introduction to Preserving America's Industrial Heritage

This issue of Forum Journal provides an opportunity to examine how the preservation movement addresses America's industrial heritage. The authors were participants at Industrial Heritage Retooled, a three-day symposium held in November 2010 at the Pocantico Conference Center in Tarrytown, N.Y....