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Storytelling with Audioguides at Industrial Heritage Sites

Preservation Leadership Forum is presenting a series of posts by Sarah Rovang , the 2017 recipient of the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians. The fellowship allows its recipients—recent graduates with advanced degrees or emerging scholars—to...

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Edward Hopper House: Nighthawks Teen Leadership Program

By Nina Jean Berlingeri Editor's Note: The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Trustees Emeritus Award for Historic Site Stewardship recognizes success and innovation in historic preservation, management, and programming at historic sites. Want to submit a nomination for this year’s...

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Here, Now: Contemporary Art at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

By Kate Menconeri Imagine visiting Thomas Cole at his house in 1840 and standing eye-to-eye with one of his original paintings such as “The Architect's Dream . ” Cole, who spent years exploring the Catskill landscapes that inspired his art, hung his own paintings, still wet from the studio, on...

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Rome: An Ancient City in the 21st Century

I will admit that walking in the dark on a glass floor suspended 10 feet over an archaeological site several yards underground gave me pause at first. But once the room was illuminated by a multimedia presentation highlighting the ancient mosaic tile floors, columns, swimming pools, baths, and...

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Imaging Labor History and Worker Spaces at Industrial Heritage Sites

Preservation Leadership Forum is presenting a series of posts by Sarah Rovang , the 2017 recipient of the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians. The fellowship allows its recipients—recent graduates with advanced degrees or emerging scholars—to...

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Creating a Richer Visitor Experience at Drayton Hall

By Trish Lowe Smith and Sarah Stroud Clarke Preserve as is, never restore—that, in a nutshell, is the preservation philosophy at Drayton Hall , a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Widely believed to be the first and best Palladian house in North America, Drayton...

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The Two Stories of Gunkanjima: Dark Tourism and Whitewashing at Japan’s Infamous Battleship Island

Preservation Leadership Forum is presenting a series of posts by Sarah Rovang , the 2017 recipient of the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians. The fellowship allows its recipients—recent graduates with advanced degrees or emerging scholars—to...

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Using Technology to Enhance Historical Narratives

By Brendan Ciecko Today more than ever, technology is redefining the way we interact with historical narratives. What is technology’s role in historic preservation? And how can it boost awareness of historic preservation and architectural heritage? How can we leverage new digital channels to...

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Using Music to Lift Cliveden’s “Liberty To Go To See”

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 ...

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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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