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Preserving Public Interests and Property Rights

The property-rights controversy at Antietam was launched with gusto on June 12, 1989, when the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation paid a visit to the Antietam National Battlefield in Washington County, Maryland. Antietam National Battlefield was established in 1890 by an act of Congress...

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Historic Preservation and the Constitution

One of the biggest problems facing historic preservation at the local level today is the blustering lawyer who claims that recent United States Supreme Court-and state court-decisions have fundamentally changed the rules of the "preservation game." The typical landmark commission, when...

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Widening Influence of Growth Management Strategies on Historic Preservation

At a conference last March, 43 persons - lawyers, planners, preservationists, city officials - offered their learned views on the correlation of growth management and preservation. Topics included zoning tools, integrating preservation values into local growth management efforts, and economic...


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State: California's Stewardship of Historic Resources

Every preservationist knows that "heritage resources provide not only continuity with our past, but foster community pride, stimulate economic activity, improve housing, enhance the quality of life, and draw hundreds of thousands of visitors every year." These were among the words California's...


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Forum Journal Seeking Articles About Enduring New Construction and Preservation Law

Editor's Note: Deadline Extended to May 9. The Preservation Leadership Forum is soliciting submissions for two forthcoming Forum Journal issues. By seeking articles from our preservation leader community, we hope to spotlight pioneering approaches and give new voices a platform in the ...

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Ensuring Perpetuity: Effective Easement Monitoring (March 13, 2019 | Forum Webinar)

Monitoring is a critical component of a preservation organization’s easement program. While regular monitoring is important to establish a property’s compliance with its easement, it can also be a valuable tool to improve relationships between an easement property owner and the easement-holding...



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Long Day’s Journey into New London

By Emily Choi The fog was where I wanted to be. Halfway down the path you can’t see this house. You’d never know it was here… That’s what I wanted—to be alone with myself in another world where truth is untrue and life can hide from itself.” —Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey into Night I...

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2017 Revisions to the Land Trust Standards and Practices: An Introduction for Historic Preservation Organizations

By Raina Regan and Ross Bradford The Land Trust Standards and Practices are the “ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust.” First developed by the Land Trust Alliance in 1989 and revised in subsequent decades, the Standards continue to evolve in...

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