By Tanya Bowers
From churches to casitas and from panaderias to dance halls, Latino culture is an important part of our country’s story. Yet the very sites that tell these stories are often unknown, ignored, and unappreciated. But communities can take steps to protect these cultural resources, especially if they have the right tools and an understanding of how to make preservation happen.
The National Trust has developed an online training video, called Este Lugar Vale: Preservation 101
, which provides an overview of the approaches, players, and policies that can help save Latino cultural resources. As a part of the National Trust’s Promoting Diversity and Place Preservation Priority, this 60-minute video was developed to build the preservation capacity of America’s diverse communities. The beginning of the video focuses on the “why” of preservation and highlights the wide and rich diversity of Latino sites across the country. The second half outlines the basic steps needed to save these places, beginning with identifying threats and determining significance. Information on the National Register, tax credits, and preservation organizations and agencies that can help preserve Latino resources is also included.
Please spread word of the training with your networks. Our hope is this training video will be included as a tool for outreach to emerging preservationists. Should partners be interested accessing the Power Point to tailor it to specific groups or have more questions about its use, they should get in touch with Tanya Bowers at tbowers[at]savingplaces.org or 202-588-6245.
Attending the National Preservation Conference in November? Check out the following sessions.
- November 11, 9 am-3 pm PLT Inclusive Leadership: Building Organizations and Programs that Tell the Whole American Story, led by Tanya Odum, executive coach, the Future Work Institute.
- November 12, 11:00 am - noon Latinos in Heritage Conservation: Launching a National Network (Affiliate Session).
- November 12, 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm Preservation 101 for Diverse Audiences
For more information on the conference visit www.PastForward2014.org
Tanya Bowers is the director for diversity at the National Trust for HIstoric Preservation.#Preservation101 #Diversity