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Integrity and Racial Inequity: Case Studies from the Field

By Lizzie Mekonnen Editor's Note: For more on historic preservation and equity read Preserving African American Places: Growing Preservation's Potential as a Path for Equity. “In America, the history of racism is taught like this: 'There was slavery and then there was Jim Crow and then...

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The Burnout Crisis in Historic Preservation

Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed athletes Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka spark worldwide conversations about the importance of mental health— demonstrating that prioritizing mental health in our lives and work should be valued instead of stigmatized and shamed. Now is the time to...

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The Coalition for the Woolworth Building in San Antonio

By Vincent Michael The 1921 Woolworth Building occupies the most prominent corner in San Antonio, facing Alamo Plaza and its famous chapel. In 2015, The Conservation Society of San Antonio became concerned when the state of Texas purchased it and two adjacent historic buildings, which all...

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A Return to Craft as a Form of Communication and Community

Editor’s Note: This post is brought to you by Indow, a sponsor of PastForward Online 2021. Registration is now open at www.savingplaces.org/conference . Preservationists have a perception problem. We are often seen as set in our ways, staunchly against new trends. Though we know this is...

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National Impact Agenda for the Historic Preservation Movement

As our nation continues to grapple with significant challenges—from racial injustice to climate change, and pandemic recovery— the work of preservation must adapt and respond to ensure our movement remains a resilient, relevant force for positive change. The complexity and scale of these...

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A Strong Demolition Delay Bylaw in Stockbridge

By Peter C. Williams Stockbridge, Massachusetts, located in the Berkshire Hills in the western part of the state, is best known as the hometown of Norman Rockwell, who famously painted the town's Main Street, whose historic buildings are largely unchanged in over a century. Stockbridge,...

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Building an Inclusive Preservation Plan in Madison, Wisconsin

By Heather L. Bailey and Amy Loewenstein Scanlon The preservation program in Madison, Wisconsin, began in 1971 after a failed grassroots effort to save an 1853 mansion on the west side of the city. The galvanized new Landmarks Commission set out designating the most iconic architecture and...

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Dismantle Preservation: Getting Serious about Building a New Model for the Field

In late July 2020, preservationists from across the country gathered for the Dismantle Preservation Virtual Unconference. Organized and sponsored by Sarah Marsom a heritage resource consultant, this conference directly addressed some of the problematic areas of the preservation profession to...

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