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By Jessica Hanlon Accessory dwelling units (ADUs)—also known as carriage houses, granny flats, or even garage apartments—are an important and effective strategy for accommodating density without demolition. When thoughtfully sited, scaled, and designed, ADUs can be neatly nestled into the historical fabric of any neighborhood. Cities with a high demand for housing—like Portland, Oregon, or Seattle—have seen a recent rise in ADU development. And just a few miles over the Canadian border, Vancouver ...
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Dr. Milton Chen , senior fellow and executive director emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation and chair of the education committee of the National Park System Advisory Board , understands the deep connections between place, story, and the preservation of cultural heritage. In his presentation at PastForward 2018 , he will share his passion for K–12 education and challenge us to consider our work preserving tangible and intangible heritage as foundational to educating the next generation.  ...
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The most enduring highway in our public consciousness, Route 66 represents a chapter in our history that continues to define the nation’s identity: the rise of the automobile and its implications of freedom, mobility, and a quintessential American story. From July 2 to August 3, 2018, National Trust for Historic Preservation staff Diana Tisue, Grant Stevens, and Jason Clement traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles with a handful of roadies, uncovering new stories and meeting the diverse ...
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By Government Relations Staff To receive regular updates from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s government relations team, sign up for our new monthly newsletter. “It’s a Good Day for Public Lands” On October 2 the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced two bills —the Restore Our Parks Act ( S. 3172 ) and the Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act ( S. 569 )—that would make tremendous investments in preserving historic and cultural ...
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation added the Palace of the Governors to our portfolio of National Treasures in 2015, simultaneously launching a multiyear advocacy effort to secure $1.5 million from the New Mexico state legislature for necessary repairs to this iconic Santa Fe landmark. The Palace of the Governors, said to be the oldest continuously occupied public building in the country, was constructed by Spanish colonists around 1610. This one-story adobe structure on the north side ...
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Editor's note:   For more on Brian Turner's presentation in Grenada r ead his previous post , in which he discusses intangible heritage preserved through the San Francisco Legacy Business Program. The 2018 International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development had global purpose: a shared sense of commitment to preserving the world’s places and traditions. In June committed heritage advocates from six continents gathered in Granada, Spain, for three jam-packed days of presentations. ...
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Editor’s note: As in years past, Preservation Leadership Forum is presenting a series of reading lists based on the major themes planned for PastForward 2018: intangible heritage, culture-nature, and resilience. This reading list was prepared in close collaboration with our panelists and with Anthony Veerkamp, director of policy development for the National Trust’s Research & Policy Lab. The three tracks will overlap significantly, so make sure to check out the  intangible heritage reading ...
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The edges of our country are eroding. From Alaska to Louisiana, centuries of culture, tangible history, and dynamic communities are being battered by stronger storms and sea level rise—raising difficult questions about adaptation, relocation, and what it means to be an American experiencing climate change today. Driftwood piles up on the edge of Shaktoolik’s gravel berm. | Credit: Victoria Herrmann and Eli Keene In 2016 the National Trust for Historic Preservation partnered with ...
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In May 2018 the National Trust for Historic Preservation decided to create a virtual reality (VR) tour of Villa Lewaro , a National Trust National Treasure. The tour was designed to help us promote our work centering African American history at the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans, July 5–8. In the course of mapping out, executing, and promoting the VR tour in just two short months, we learned quite a few lessons that others doing this work might find useful. Villa Lewaro circa 1924 ...
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Terry Tempest Williams is a conservationist, free speech and ethics advocate, and author. She has been called “a citizen writer” and has consistently shown us that environmental issues are social justice issues. Tempest Williams received the 2017 Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing. In 2014, on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, she received the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award, which honors a distinguished record of leadership in American conservation. In 2009 Tempest Williams ...
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By Julie Bly DeVere and Carrie Villar In today’s increasingly visual world, object photography is more important than ever—but what is the best approach? Hiring a professional to photograph your collections can ensure high-quality, high-resolution images of your artworks. But when your budget doesn’t have room for that kind of expense, it may be prudent to invest in some equipment and take a do-it-yourself approach. Professional Collections Photography A recent ArtWorks grant from the National ...
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Editor’s note: The National Trust for Historic Preservation is partnering with the United States Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) around one of the main conference themes at PastForward 2018 in San Francisco—the culture-nature connection. The discussion will kick off Tuesday, November 13, with a US/ICOMOS symposium called Forward Together: A Culture-Nature Journey, Towards More Effective Conservation in a Changing World . Registration is available through ...
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Editor’s note: As in years past, Preservation Leadership Forum is presenting a series of reading lists based on the major themes planned for PastForward 2018: intangible heritage, culture-nature, and resilience. Our amazing summer interns, Amy Guay and Abigail Bashor, helped us pull together the resources featured in these posts, which are intended to prepare attendees—both those traveling to San Francisco and those joining us virtually—for discussions about these themes. The culture-nature track ...
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By Amy Guay Few would categorize preservation as disruption. The act of safeguarding structures that have been around for decades or centuries sooner implies the maintenance of an existing environment, while bulldozers are used to upend the status quo. But “ Finding a Path Forward ,” the newest theme study from the National Historic Landmarks (NHL) Program, posits that preservation can—and should—be a disruptive force. The 400-page study, five years in the making, was published in May 2018. ...
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The Preservation Leadership Forum is soliciting article submissions for a forthcoming Forum Journal issue dedicated to intangible heritage. In our effort to represent all the histories that comprise the full American story, preservationists are learning how much of what we need to save is intangible. We must find ways to preserve not only place, but the heritage associated with it. The Spokane, Kalispell, and Coeur D’Alene tribes sponsored a pow wow during the 2012 National Preservation ...
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Editor’s note: Preservation Leadership Forum is a sponsor of the livestreaming at the City of San Antonio’s Living Heritage Symposium , September 6–7. The symposium will gather cultural heritage experts—from policymakers to activists—who are working to develop best practices for the treatment of cultural heritage, including intangible heritage. The TrustLive on Friday, September 7, at 1:00 p.m. EST will be livestreamed for free. We spoke with Claudia Guerra, cultural historian in the ...
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By Aaron Mahr Yáñez This summer Route 66 is winding its way through the complex legislative process toward designation as a National Historic Trail (NHT). If the designation is achieved in 2018, it will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the U.S. National Trails System Act (NTSA), which created an expanding collection of national scenic and historic trails that touch almost every state in the country. The proposed Route 66 National Historic Trail would be the 20th NHT in a system that commemorates ...
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I am delighted to share the news that “ Why Old Places Matter ”—the book—is coming out on September 1, 2018. This compilation of essays, which originally appeared on Preservation Leadership Forum , is now being published by Rowman and Littlefield as part of the American Association for State and Local History book series, with all proceeds benefiting the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The book will include a new foreword by Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust; a ...
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By Fairleigh Cook Jackson  On June 19–22, 2018, the National Preservation Partners Network gathered in Cincinnati for its inaugural meeting as an independent and self-sustaining organization. The National Preservation Partners Network’s mission is to advance the growth and effectiveness of the preservation movement through communication, education, training, and a common advocacy agenda. Nearly 50 representatives from more than 24 states and territories attended this initial meeting. ...
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Editor’s note: As in years past, Preservation Leadership Forum is presenting a series of reading lists based on the major themes planned for PastForward 2018: intangible heritage, culture-nature, and resilience. Our amazing summer interns, Amy Guay and Abigail Bashor, helped us pull together the resources featured in these posts, which are intended to prepare attendees—both those traveling to San Francisco and those joining us virtually—for discussions about these themes. Learn more, and register ...
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