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By Kerrian France During the summer of 2022, as the intern for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Where Women Made History program and the Government Relations department, I evaluated the work of the National Park Service (NPS) related to understanding and preserving sites of women’s history. My research focused on the current conditions of the preservation of women’s history — namely site designations, context statements. theme studies, grant applications, and advocacy — to produce ...
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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is a 2021 recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards , the highest national recognition bestowed upon a preservation project by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Award recipients represent the best of the best in historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and the re-imagining of historic buildings for the future. Join us for the 2022 National Preservation Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 4, 2022 from 4-5pm ...
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The Milwaukee Soldiers Home is a 2021 recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards , the highest national recognition bestowed upon a preservation project by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Award recipients represent the best of the best in historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and the re-imagining of historic buildings for the future. Join us for the 2022 National Preservation Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 4, 2022 from 4-5pm ET . ...
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In 2020 and again in 2022, the National Trust for Historic Preservation was poised to be in Miami, Florida, for the PastForward National Preservation Conference —before the COVID-19 pandemic changed our world. While we are disappointed at being unable to share Miami’s remarkable history and preservation work with conference attendees in person, we are keeping the Miami story central to the virtual experience of PastForward Online 2022. This year, the key conference themes are: Historic Preservation ...
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In the lead-up to their 50th anniversary in 2021, Landmarks Illinois formed a task force to create a new set of guiding principles to help them move preservation forward. The goal: to share their work with others in the preservation movement nationwide. However, as Bonnie McDonald, president & CEO of Landmarks Illinois, says, “To be relevant to other organizations, we needed to understand what they were experiencing. Were they observing the same things that we were? How were they responding? ...
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The National Trust Preservation Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s small dollar grant program, has been providing catalytic funding to organizations across the country for more than 50 years. In the June 2022 round, the National Trust received 87 eligible applications and awarded a total of $231,017 in grants to 45 organizations in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Read more about these projects below, learn how you can apply to our October 1 grant round here , and sign ...
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This summer, I was awarded the 2022 Pocantico Fellowship, a joint research fellowship awarded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation . My proposal, “Stigmatized Land: Central State Hospital’s Unmarked Cemetery,” looks at the literature behind stigmatized land, sites of trauma, dark tourism, and toxic sites, while considering Indianapolis case studies— particularly that of the unmarked but known burial ground at Central State Hospital, Indiana’s first mental ...
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The National Trust is thrilled to announce the 2022 recipients of the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors. Grants from these two funds will help preserve a diverse range of historic sites across the country. Between the two funds, the National Trust has granted a total of $215,300 to 27 organizations in 21 states. The Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors are ...
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This week Patrice Frey stepped down from her role as the president and CEO of the Main Street America (MSA) . For nine years, Frey brought leadership, creative energy, and dedication to MSA's work of supporting approximately 1,800 members to build stronger communities across the United States. Prior to working with MSA, Frey served as the National Trust for Historic Preservation's director of sustainability leading the work of the Preservation Green Lab (now the Research and Policy Lab). As ...
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By Katie Williams Anacostia is a predominantly Black neighborhood in Washington, D.C. endangered by decades-long disinvestment and the tensions between the need for economic investment and the risk of displacing long-time residents. It is a community that cares deeply about the heritage of their historic neighborhood—Anacostia was the cherished home of Frederick Douglass—and wants to see it preserved and revitalized, just as white, wealthier neighborhoods in DC have been. Recognizing this ...
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The latest issue of Forum Journal captures the proceedings from PastForward Online 2021 . The theme for the 2021 conference was Lead the Change , which shares a name with the National Impact Agenda for the preservation movement. In the introduction, Katherine Malone-France, chief preservation officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation contemplates the impact of conference themes and the valuable stories learned from keynote presentations bringing about needed changes to make ...
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Editor's Note: Every year we provide space for recipients of a National Preservation Award to share a piece of their work. This story is from Jordan Ryan, the recipient of 2021 American Express Aspire Award , which recognizes an emerging leader in the preservation field who has made significant achievements in preservation. You don’t know what you don’t know, and that's one of the many attractions of the archives for me. Since receiving the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s ...
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The National Trust Preservation Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s small dollar grant program, has been providing catalytic funding to organizations across the country for more than 50 years. In the February 2022 round, the National Trust received 64 eligible applications and awarded a total of $275,173 in grants to 47 organizations in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Read more about these projects below, and learn how you can apply to our June 1 grant round here and ...
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Fire poses one of the greatest risks to historic places, but its prevention and extinguishment can also present a high risk to historic materials. Installing a traditional sprinkler system can negatively impact the character of a historic place, and the high volume of water used to quell fires can oversaturate fragile features. In the 1990s, a new solution was developed in Finland to mitigate the risk of fire, reduce subsequent water damage, and prevent major disruptions from installation: HI-FOG ...
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With contributions by Lindsey Wallace, Di Gao, and Priya Chhaya Lying at the intersection of climate change and racial equity, climate equity addresses issues related to health, affordability, accessibility, cultural preservation, community capacity, and accountability. Climate equity asks us to examine the unjust burden on racially oppressed and/or economically oppressed communities, typically Black and Indigenous communities, in terms of climate change. As global temperatures rise by 2 degrees ...
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The Reuse Imperative

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“The urgency of reducing embodied carbon emissions inverts common perceptions about older buildings and climate change. Rather than outdated structures that we hope to replace, older buildings should be valued as climate assets that we cannot afford to waste.” From “Avoiding Carbon: Mitigating Climate Change through Preservation and Reuse” in Issues in Preservation Policy: Preservation, Sustainability, and Equity . Last month’s report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel ...
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation works closely with many lawmakers on Capitol Hill to advance preservation policy priorities. In the spirit of Women’s History Month, below are profiles of three key female legislative champions—Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (D-NM), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL). While not a comprehensive list, the National Trust would also like to recognize the work of Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Lisa Murkowski ...
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In 2020, as the covid epidemic raged, black lives continued to be lost to police brutality, and systemic racism and entrenched white supremacy became impossible to ignore, many historic preservation organizations across the country carved out the time, resources, and discomfort to put matters of equity and inclusion at the center, or at least toward the center of their work. Two organizations, Providence Preservation Society and Baltimore Heritage, Inc . went even further. They undertook unprecedented ...
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By Matthew Ahern, Brooks Becker, Kelli Gibson In the summer of 2021, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in collaboration with the National Commission of State Historic Preservation Offices (NCSHPO) and the National Alliance of Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (NATHPO), created and distributed a survey to State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs) located throughout the country. The goal of the survey was to understand how many SHPOs ...
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By John Garrison Marks Editor's Note: This piece has been updated to reflect the release of the findings from the "Reframing History" project. Understanding the public history community in the United States requires an almost kaleidoscopic perspective. The country is home to more than twenty thousand history organizations, a dizzying mix of museums, historical societies, preservation organizations, and other related institutions. Whether public agencies, private nonprofits, or some combination ...
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