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Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines May2021

  • 1.  Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines May2021

    Posted 13 days ago
    It's May which of course means it is Preservation Month! More on that in a second, but as always this is your, as scheduled, monthly Forum Connect announcement thread. This is where you can post announcements, news, even articles of note. Anything that you would like to just share, but not start a discussion around. Remember to adhere to the code of conduct and as always if you are new, introduce yourself!

    Here are a few things for you to know from the National Trust

    • Asian and Pacific Islander American Month: This month we'll be sharing resources and stories related to the long history of APIA Americans. Keep an eye out on the Forum blog, but also feel free to also share your communities stories in this thread as well. 
    • This Preservation Month, Tell the Full American Story:  Since 1973, we at the National Trust have joined the preservation movement in celebrating historic places during May. This year, we're focusing Preservation Month on telling the full American story, offering you a wide variety of ways to discover and save places that showcase the depth and diversity of our nation's history. As you journey through the month with us, we hope you feel inspired to take action and help us #TellTheFullStory.
    • On May 17 at 7pm ET join us for a webinar "Before Brown v. Board: A look at Dred Scott v. Sandford and Plessy v. Ferguson" Learn more and watch the recordings from previous webinars at
    • Check out Historic Preservation Solutions to Build Back Better: The National Trust for Historic Preservation has sent the Biden-Harris Administration a new report describing the many ways historic preservation aligns with the President's efforts to address some of our nation's most pressing challenges.
    I'm also going to start sharing stories from the past month, just in case you missed them!

    Have a wonderful month. I look forward to hearing what you are working on! 

    Priya Chhaya
    Forum Connect Community Manager

    Associate Director of Content
    National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Washington DC

  • 2.  RE: Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines May2021

    Posted 12 days ago
    The City of Meridian, Idaho is doing a virtual scavenger hunt.
    Utilizing social media to help create interest in this event.

    Blaine Johnston

  • 3.  RE: Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines May2021

    Posted 12 days ago
    Hello everyone!

    For Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, an introduction to endangered National Treasure Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach, California.

    Historic Wintersburg is a 4/1/2-acre Japanese pioneer goldfish and flower farm, which also is home to one of the oldest Japanese missions in California. There are extant six historic structures on the property for the farm and the mission, the majority over a century old.

    The National Trust highlights Historic Wintersburg on their page, "Our Heritage: Asian-Pacific Islander American History."

    We are grateful the National Trust recognizes the rise in anti-Asian hate and violence with their "Statement from the National Trust Condemning Race-Based Hatred, Violence, and Misinformation."

    For those of us working to save AAPI historic places, the wave of anti-Asian hate is familiar and, sadly, part of the history. It also is part of the present. You can read former California Assemblyman Warren Furutani's recent column about the hate, racism, and threats directed at Historic Wintersburg, published in the Rafu Shimpo, the daily Japanese-English newspaper published out of Los Angeles.

    We continue our effort. This year, following discussions held while staying safe from COVID, Historic Wintersburg partnered with the Heritage Museum of Orange County, Our hope is to convince the property owner---the trash company, Republic Services, who has publicly stated they have no development plans---to sell the National Treasure Historic Wintersburg property for preservation. We reach out to you, the preservation community, for support (particularly if you know corporate board members at Republic or Bill Gates, who is their largest shareholder!). They previously have stated they would sell to us; discussions were stalled by Republic.

    A recent valuation of the property documents the actual value is less than $250,000 (!!). Due to a legal settlement agreement between the adjacent school district and Republic, there is an opportunity for the school district to transfer their "first right of refusal" and effect the purchase. The school district supports full preservation of Historic Wintersburg. However, we're a grassroots effort and need a party willing to put up this cash amount now, while one of our other partners, the Trust for Public Land, applies for funds from the state of California. Our "up front cash" partner would be reimbursed. If that is you, give us a shout! You can help save a rare AAPI National Treasure!

    In closing, one of the stories we share to tell the story of Japanese pioneers and Japanese Americans in California. Masami Sasaki, the "chili pepper king," was a big factor in Huntington Beach weathering the Great Depression. At that time, Huntington Beach and Orange County were the country's largest chili pepper producers and those producers were Japanese American.

    When Sasaki was incarcerated at the Tule Lake Segregation Camp (California) during WWII, he was key to moving forward legal action that saved 5,500 Japanese Americans---the majority US-born citizens---from losing their civil rights, their US citizenship, and from being unjustly deported due to their ancestry. The actions of one person affected thousands of lives, for generations. Just one of the stories told with the preservation of AAPI history.

    Mary Adams Urashima
    National Treasure Historic Wintersburg
    Huntington Beach, California

  • 4.  RE: Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines May2021

    Posted 11 days ago

    Hello friends around the world! I am hosting a new, free bootcamp for creative entrepreneurs & changemakers titled "Fund Your Mission & Be The Change" - it kicks off Monday- May 10th- and runs through Friday the 14th. Each day I'll be live in my Facebook group for short 1/2 hour sessions, with tips and tools to step off the hamster wheel of burnout and overwork and help participants learn how to establish a more sustainable pricing/donation structure and business model (Yes, this can def be applied to nonprofits!). If there is a creative entrepreneur or changemaker in your world who needs this help, please send them this link:

    Thanks for your interest!

    Dana Saylor
    Buffalo NY

  • 5.  RE: Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines May2021

    Posted 10 days ago
    Please join us for a free US/ICOMOS World Heritage Webinar:
    Showcasing Tribal Cultural Heritage at Grand Canyon National Park and World Heritage Site
    Thursday, May 27, 2021, 12 to 1 pm EDT (9-10 am MDT)

    Indigenous people have lived in and around the Grand Canyon since time immemorial, yet up until recently their cultural heritage and history have largely been unknown at the National Park (NP) and World Heritage Site (WHS). In this webinar, Grand Canyon NP Superintendent Ed Keable, staff and colleagues from tribal communities and stakeholder groups will discuss efforts underway to educate and inspire visitors with new perspectives on Grand Canyon's tribal past, present and future.

    Register now at this link. Our webinars are free but we appreciate contributions to support our work.

    #tellthefullstory #IndigenousHeritage #tribalculture #WorldHeritageSite #WorldHeritageWebinar

    Jennifer Spreitzer

  • 6.  RE: Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines May2021

    Posted 9 days ago
    Preservation Austin's 29th Annual Homes Tour will take place virtually on Thursday, June 17! This year's tour celebrates the incredible history and post-war homes of East Austin's Rogers-Washington-Holy Cross Historic District, our city's first local historic district designated to honor Black heritage. The film celebrates the legacies of Tuskegee Airman Norman Scales, former Huston-Tillotson president Dr. John Q. Taylor King, Ira Poole and his iconic collection of yard art Americana, and more. We'll also explore the early works of architect John S. Chase, FAIA, the first Black architect licensed in the state of Texas, who left an indelible mark on the historic district and beyond.

    Visit for details.

    Lindsey Derrington
    Austin TX

  • 7.  RE: Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines May2021

    Posted 9 days ago
    For Preservation Month we are highlighting on social media each of the buildings on our "Lost Buildings of Venice" tropical shirt.

    Harry Klinkhamer
    Venice FL

  • 8.  RE: Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines May2021

    Posted 6 days ago
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    Alaska is celebrating Historic Preservation Month during May! Our governor proclaimed Historic Preservation Month for Alaska during May. All of our events are posted on our website as well as Facebook.  We have lots of events scheduled. University of Alaska-Fairbanks Film Archive has scheduled 31 videos of communities around the state to pop out every day that we are posting on our Facebook page. Special video presentations are also scheduled on Facebook and via Zoom. I created window signs that were placed in the windows of historic buildings in downtown Anchorage.

    Trish Neal
    Anchorage AK