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Telling Untold Stories for Preservation Advocacy at the Tidal Basin

By Taneil Ruffin Editor’s Note: This past summer the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated the National Mall Tidal Basin as a National Treasure. To learn more about the threats and current campaign to save the Tidal Basin, visit www.savingplaces.org/tidal-basin . Want to...

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Blue + Gray = Green: Tips for Creating Sustainable Signage

By Drew A. Gruber and Chris Brown When was the last time you thought about signage? Have you wondered if this seemingly static resource could be made better for the environment or easier on your organization’s bank account? Signage is omnipresent on the landscape, from stop signs along our...

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The Meaning of an Object: A Look into the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Collections Portal

By Tamar Rabinowitz Bound by a 6”x 6” exhibit label, museum curators must capture the layered history of an object or artwork in a few very precious words. The materials of our culture, however, contain meanings that extend far beyond the edges of the object label—a single painting, artifact,...

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A Year of Storytelling 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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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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