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Facing a Friday deadline—the current short-term funding bill expires today, February 15—congressional negotiators reached an agreement to address border security and finalize the remaining FY19 appropriations bills earlier this week. The House of Representatives and Senate approved the measure on Thursday, sending it to the President to be signed into law. ( Update : The President has signed the bill.)  Credit: Architect of the Capitol  Appropriations Deal Provides Record Funding for ...
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By Julie Dalia and Amanda Warr   Oklahoma City’s 1910 Page Woodson School had been vacant and vandalized for almost 25 years when—through an astonishing collaboration between the community; the city, county, and federal governments; and an inspired developer who listened to a community and took heroic measures to save a historic icon—the badly deteriorated building was restored and adapted as affordable apartments. Now, at 109, The Douglass at Page Woodson (a recipient of the 2018 Richard ...
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In 2019 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 ...
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This year 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 ...
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By Ivonne Sanabria Editor's Note: In 2018 Hurricane-Damaged Resources in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were listed as part of the annual list of America's 1 1 Most Endangered Historic Places . Learn more about the program and submit your nomination for the 2019 list . On September 20, 2017, Hurricane María, the worst hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in three generations, battered the island with sustained winds of 155 mph and gusts exceeding 190 mph as well as 37.9 peak inches of rain, ...
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Last week the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Government Relations department, the National Trust Community Investment Corporation’s (NTCIC) , and Main Street America cohosted Preservation Leadership Forum’s most recent Forum Webinar , which explored both the opportunities and risks that Opportunity Zones, a new federal incentive, present for preservation. The webinar was among most successful hosted by the National Trust to date, with 730 registrants, which points to the preservation ...
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By Corey Fabian-Barrett (Borenstein)  The first time I stood in front of the Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo, New York, it wasn’t hard to imagine the bustling hospital it had once been. It was a bitterly cold day in early 2016, and the site was alive with construction workers, plasterers, architects, and experts of all stripes, all working toward one goal: bringing the 145-year-old National Historic Landmark back to life. But the Richardson Olmsted Campus, winner of a 2018 Richard H. Driehaus ...
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Thank you to everyone who tuned in to the most recent Forum Webinar , “ Finding Funding: The National Trust Grants Program .” Diana Maxwell, manager of grants at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, provided attendees with an overview of the National Trust's grant opportunities, including a summary of what's available and tips for applying. One of our grantees, the Cherokee Ranch and Castle. | Credit: Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation We could not get to all the questions ...
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Last February James Madison’s Montpelier, in partnership with the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund , launched the first interdisciplinary National Summit on Teaching Slavery . Over one weekend, a group of educators, curators, scholars, activists, museum and historic site professionals, and descendants of enslaved and freed people gathered to develop a model rubric for best practices in descendant engagement and slavery interpretation. Montpelier’s experience with descendant engagement ...
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As we consider the new year and the professional challenges and opportunities it is sure to bring, let me ask you this question: Why do you go to work every day?  I asked myself that question the other day. I had just received a very nice note from my supervisor, David J. Brown, executive vice president and chief preservation officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, congratulating me on my 10-year anniversary at the Trust. Ten years—a third of my preservation career, which began ...
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By Heather Buethe, Hannah White, and Anthony Veerkamp   Preservationists across the country are working to get up to speed on Opportunity Zones , but trying to educate yourself can feel like taking a sip from the proverbial firehose. A Google search for “Opportunity Zones” turns up more than 800,000 results, but many of these are aimed at investors who stand to financially benefit from the tax incentive. There’s relatively little out there that considers Opportunity Zones from the perspective ...
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Happy end of the year from Preservation Leadership Forum! Before you continue reading, you should know that while, yes, this is our annual roundup of the things you meant to read, listen to, and participate in over the last year, it is not a comprehensive list of everything that has happened in the world of historic preservation in 2018. Rather, this post highlights some of the most exciting, impactful, and engaging work that the National Trust for Historic Preservation—and especially Forum—has ...
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Patricia Tyson has lived in her Silver Spring, Maryland, neighborhood for most of her life. She believes that the nearby Talbot Avenue Bridge, which is slated for demolition in early 2019 to make way for the construction of the new Purple Line light rail, has a voice. When Tyson was a child growing up in the African American hamlet of Lyttonsville, the bridge’s rattling wood deck announced her parents arriving home from a long day’s work. Today Tyson says that the bridge speaks to people about history ...
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This issue of the Forum Journal examines the preservation and interpretation of sites associated with women’s history —which means, to some degree, all historic sites. We have dedicated the issue to two inspiring preservationists whose work was foundational to our practice of preserving and interpreting women’s history sites: Karen Nickless and Bobbie Greene McCarthy. Karen Nickless was a lifelong women’s history scholar who used her time working at the National Trust for Historic Preservation ...
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By Brendan Ciecko Today more than ever, technology is redefining the way we interact with historical narratives. What is technology’s role in historic preservation? And how can it boost awareness of historic preservation and architectural heritage? How can we leverage new digital channels to engage broader audiences and promote a deeper interest in preserving the past? These questions point to a larger conversation about tech as a powerful avenue for storytelling. From audio guides and apps ...
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The preservation community recently lost one of our best with the passing of Cathy Galbraith in Portland, Oregon. I only met Cathy a few times, but her reputation as a leader and a fighter transcended her work in Oregon—she was a source of inspiration to preservation leaders everywhere, including me. Cathy Galbraith at the Architectural Heritage Center | Credit: Lincoln Barbour Perhaps best known as the founding director of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation , Cathy grew it from ...
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Over the next year Preservation Leadership Forum will be 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 ...
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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 ...
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s legal defense of the Bears Ears National Monument took another step forward last month when a variety of stakeholders filed briefs in support of the monument designation. The lawsuit contends that the Trump administration exceeded its authority under the Antiquities Act when it reduced the size of the 1.35 million–acre Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County, Utah, by 85 percent. The National Trust and our coplaintiffs forcefully argued that ...
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By now, you’ve probably heard about Opportunity Zones, but you may still not be sure whether to be excited, alarmed, or indifferent regarding their implications for your community. That’s no surprise—depending on whom you ask, Opportunity Zones constitute either the most significant federal community development incentive in a generation or one of the biggest tax giveaways to the rich in American history.  Preservationists and community advocates have reason to be wary of visionary big fixes for ...
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