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New Rubric for Engaging Descendant Communities at Museums and Historic Sites

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...

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Holistic Approaches, Inclusive Change

The core mission of preservation is to save the material culture of our past and interpret history. But how do the evaluation processes we use align with what the communities we work in value? What if there is no “material” to preserve? Whose history do we interpret, and who gets to say? To...

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Raised on Cornbread and Recollections

Earlier this month I took a memorable trip from Memphis, Tennessee, down to the Mississippi Delta with a group of preservation and history enthusiasts. Dr. Bill Ferris , the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and one of the nation’s leading scholars on the American...

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Preserving the Sites of American Music

By Jeffrey A. “Free” Harris It took me years to realize how many music sites surrounded me while I was growing up in Hampton, Virginia. I attended my first concert at Fort Monroe—a National Historic Landmark, National Monument , and a National Treasure of the National Trust for Historic...

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Telling the Full American Story: The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

This past September, for the first time in the 335-year history of our nation’s original capital, the city of Philadelphia erected a public statue to honor an individual African American. The honoree in question was Octavius Catto, a black Philadelphian who successfully lobbied to desegregate...

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Remarks by Stephanie K. Meeks at PastForward 2017

Good evening and thanks for joining us for PastForward 2017. It is a pleasure to be here with you in Chicago, one of America’s most historic cities. This was once the center of American industry. The nexus of the railroads and the meeting place of east and west. The home of Hull House and...

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African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

Sam and Mary Cooke Preservation Fund for Hawai’i: Guidelines & Eligibility African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund are designed to advance ongoing preservation activities for...