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Tiya Miles is the author of three multiple prize-winning works in the history of early American race relations, a prize-winning work of historical fiction, and various articles and op-eds on women’s history, history and memory, black public culture, and black and indigenous interrelated experience. She is a past MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellow, and a current National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars Award recipient. She is currently a Professor of ...
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With contributions from Carson Hartmann In many cities across the country, older neighborhoods are experiencing intense development pressures. City planners, preservationists, and residents are considering how to maintain community identity while also accommodating growth. In such scenarios, infill development presents an opportunity to add new vitality to vacant and underutilized spaces while also preserving existing cultural heritage. Over the past two years, the National Trust has worked ...
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Ada Deer has spent her life advocating for American Indians across the United States. Born in 1935 she was the first Native American woman from Wisconsin to run for Congress, and the first American Indian to graduate with a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. A member of the Menominee Tribe, she was pivotal in the passage of the Menominee Restoration Act of 1972 which restored the tribe to federally recognized status. In 1993, she was appointed the first woman Assistant Secretary, ...
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The work of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC), which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, illustrates how grassroots organizations and leaders can have a significant impact on historic preservation efforts in their state. Founded as a council in 1993 and established as a commission in 2001, the SCAAHC was created to identify and promote the preservation of African American historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture in South Carolina. Comprised of about ...
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The latest issue of Forum Journal examines the history, issues, and current conversations surrounding the preservation of cultural landscapes. In her introductory piece on cultural landscapes and the National Register, Barbara Wyatt explains that there is no single, rigid definition for a cultural landscape, and that in the past, the National Register process accepted varying descriptors, as long as the accompanying narratives included explanations and context. With that in mind, this ...
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John H. Sprinkle, Jr. The Pocantico Center Preservation Fellowship, now in its fifth year, is funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This two-week residential fellowship provides preservation professionals with the opportunity to reside in the historic Marcel Breuer House in Pocantico Hills, New York, while working on a defined project with significant benefit to the preservation field.   For more on the Environmental Justice movement and ...
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The 2019 National Preservation Law Conference was held on Tuesday, June 25 in Washington, D.C. The conference is put on by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with Georgetown University Law Center. This intense one-day summit provided a highly focused look into historic and cultural preservation law, highlighting recent and influential developments in the field. Attendees were able to gain knowledge and skills to effectively advocate and champion key preservation issues. ...
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Preservation Leadership Forum is presenting  a series of posts  by  Sarah Rovang , the 2017 recipient of the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians. The fellowship allows its recipients—recent graduates with advanced degrees or emerging scholars—to study by travel for one year, providing them with opportunities to see and experience architecture and landscapes firsthand; think about their profession deeply; and acquire knowledge that will be useful for ...
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With contributions from Shaw Sprague and Dan Watts Included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity Zones are perhaps the single largest new federal tax incentive in decades. Designed to spur private investment to revitalize distressed communities, Opportunity Zones have the potential to direct trillions of dollars in deferred capital gains taxes to transform 8,700 distressed census tracts—a prospect at once thrilling and alarming to preservationists and community activists. ...
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By  Beth Mattson-Teig Editor's Note: There are almost 500,000 buildings in the city of Chicago. Nearly two-thirds were built before 1945. For years, an outdated city building code made repair of these buildings more expensive and time consuming than new construction projects. That will change later this year, when a new Chicago Building Code goes into effect. As described below in an article from Urban Land, the new code implements recommendations from the Partnership for Building Reuse ...
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By Nina Jean Berlingeri   Editor's Note: The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Trustees Emeritus Award for Historic Site Stewardship recognizes success and innovation in historic preservation, management, and programming at historic sites. Want to submit a nomination for this year’s award? Learn more about the criteria and nomination process   here . Deadline for 2019 is July 1.  The Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center’s Nighthawks Teen Leadership Program (named after ...
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By Kate Menconeri Imagine visiting Thomas Cole at his house in 1840 and standing eye-to-eye with one of his original paintings such as “The Architect's Dream . ” Cole, who spent years exploring the Catskill landscapes that inspired his art, hung his own paintings, still wet from the studio, on the walls of his home. Patrons and fellow artists traveled from all over just to see the latest work by the artist who would go on to change the face of American painting. It was not until 2016 that the ...
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I will admit that walking in the dark on a glass floor suspended 10 feet over an archaeological site several yards underground gave me pause at first. But once the room was illuminated by a multimedia presentation highlighting the ancient mosaic tile floors, columns, swimming pools, baths, and more, I knew that my adventure at Palazzo Valentini was a whole new way of experiencing classical Rome. The palazzo , once the home of an aristocratic family, lay buried for millennia until it was rediscovered ...
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By Jane Lewis   When Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens , a National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Site , opened to the public in San Antonio’s King William Historic District in October 2010, it was literally the new kid on the block: another historic house museum just down the street, the Edward Steves Homestead , had been open since 1952.  Exterior of Villa Finale | Credit: Villa Finale  Though both were built in 1876, their origins are slightly different. ...
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By Janelle DiLuccia and Tom Cassidy   Update: On June 25, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3055 by a vote of 227 – 194 . The bill combines five individual appropriations bills, including the FY2020 Interior Appropriations bill. During consideration of the bill, the House adopted an amendment offered by Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., to effectively provide a 1-year moratorium on new oil and gas leasing in a 10-mile radius surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The House-passed ...
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The staff of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Research & Policy Lab will be sharing short insights that use the lab’s data analysis and visualization capabilities to demonstrate the power and potential of preservation. We hope you’ll find these insights engaging, dynamic, and fun.   We have leveraged data from the Atlas of ReUrbanism to display the percent of all buildings in cities that are either on the National Register of Historic Places or designated locally historic—individually ...
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By Stephanie M. Hoagland Cities such as Los Angeles are spending almost $7 million a year on graffiti removal. At the same time, graffiti artist Banksy’s piece, “Keeping it Spotless,” sold at Sotheby's for almost $1.9 million. In London walking tours showcase the city’s graffiti, and in New York City, Brooklyn neighborhoods with a large street art scene have the fastest rates of gentrification. As graffiti and street art become increasingly acceptable, and even sought after, forms of ...
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Historic leasing plays an important part in protecting historic assets and increasing community engagement in America’s most recently designated national park. Indiana Dunes National Park —formerly Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore—manages multiple leases for a variety of purposes, including private residences, preschools, and youth camps. For the past several decades, historic leasing has enabled Indiana Dunes to provide for the long-term preservation of underused and underfunded structures, ...
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Preservation Leadership Forum is presenting a series of posts by Sarah Rovang , the 2017 recipient of the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians. The fellowship allows its recipients—recent graduates with advanced degrees or emerging scholars—to study by travel for one year, providing them with opportunities to see and experience architecture and landscapes firsthand; think about their profession deeply; and acquire knowledge that will be useful for ...
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The staff of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Research & Policy Lab will be sharing short insights that use the lab’s data analysis and visualization capabilities to demonstrate the power and potential of preservation. We hope you’ll find these insights engaging, dynamic, and fun.   We’ve made one of the static charts from the Atlas of ReUrbanism summary report interactive. The chart displays how much of the building stock in each city was constructed during certain ...
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