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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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Remembering Bob Silman

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Many of the preservationists in this county consulted with Bob Silman, recognizing how unusual it was to find an engineer that said “we can do this”: we can save original fabric and insert sensitive structural upgrades that result in countless historic buildings being not razed but put back to use. It sounds so simple, but his sensitivity to historic structures revolutionized the field.   Bob Silman inspecting the substrate at Chesterwood during stucco replacement project in 2015 | Credit: ...
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Editor's Note : With the closure of this comment period, the National Trust submitted the following letter on the proposed  CEQ Regulations. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) recently published an  advance notice of proposed rulemaking  in the Federal Register, requesting public comments  through August 20 about plans to update the implementing regulations of the  National Environmental Policy Act  (NEPA). The goal of the update would be to ensure a “more efficient, timely, ...
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Filmed and produced by Shannon Lawrence In 2014 David Young, then the executive director of Cliveden , wrote about a new play that explored the life of the enslaved and free people that had once lived at this Germantown Avenue home in Philadelphia. Developed by the staff of the Philadelphia Young Playwrights , “ Liberty To Go To See ” presented Cliveden—a National Historic Landmark site and one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s historic sites—with a unique opportunity to ...
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By Emma Gencarelli Lyndhurst, a National Trust for Historic Preservation historic site and a National Historic Landmark, in Tarrytown, New York, is primarily known for its 1838 Gothic Revival mansion. In fact, the mansion draws so much focus that it often overshadows the rich history of the picturesque landscape surrounding it—the specimen trees; sweeping lawns; romantic gardens; and a massive greenhouse structure that was once filled with orchids, palm trees, and many other exotic ...
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Editor's note: Intangible heritage will be one of the topics we explore at PastForward 2018 in San Francisco, November 13–16. Learn more and register today at PastForwardConference.org . Local businesses are more than the hub of America’s economic engine. Everywhere from small towns to big cities, they create spaces to gather and connect, support local sports leagues, and provide teenagers their first jobs. They define the identity and values of neighborhoods and are just as much assets of ...
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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. Credit: Architect of the Capitol   House Passes Interior Appropriations Bill On July 19 the House of Representatives approved its version of the FY19 Interior appropriations bill ( H.R. 6147 ) after considering more than 75 amendments. During House floor deliberations, members passed several amendments ...
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Research & Policy Lab is launching a major new study about the connections between preservation, affordability, and risk of displacement in historically African American neighborhoods in 10 cities across the United States. Supported through the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF), this study will examine how the physical character of neighborhoods, buildings, and blocks may influence changes to the social character of neighborhoods. ...
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Last week Preservation Leadership Forum hosted a webinar about national marine sanctuaries. Jeff Gray, the superintendent of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary on Lake Huron in Michigan, and Sammy Orlando, the Chesapeake Bay regional coordinator for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries—both of which are a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—discussed garnering support for the national marine sanctuaries at Thunder Bay and Mallows Bay, a resource on the ...
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Learn more about the Route 66 road trip .  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 for freedom, mobility, and the quintessential American story. To celebrate the legacy of the “Mother Road,” the National Trust for Historic Preservation and our talented road team are taking to the streets—literally. From July 2 to August 3, ...
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By Thomas B. Creager Jr. Every old building has a significant value, whether that lies in its architectural style, its age, its unique construction process, or its significance to the community. Playing a small role in safeguarding the existence of historical buildings is the passion of Historic Appraisal Services. Founded in 2002, Historic Appraisal Services specializes in insurance replacement cost appraisals of historic structures and is the exclusive appraisal company for National Trust ...
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Editor's note:  Twenty years ago the U.S. Green Building Council helped take the concept of “green building” mainstream with the launch of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Today, LEED is written into building codes across the country, guiding not only the construction of new buildings but also renovations—and even entire neighborhoods and cities. But with an increasingly urgent need to quickly and dramatically reduce carbon emissions associated with the construction ...
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