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Expanding Preservation in Chattanooga

By Melissa Mortimer Melissa Mortimer was one of the recipients of the 2020 American Express Aspire Award . My first memories of preservation go back to driving to my grandparent’s house in Missouri as a kid. The trip from Tennessee took our woody minivan through Cairo, Illinois,...

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Fifty Years of Preservation Excellence from Preservation Dallas

By David Preziosi, FAICP Preservation Dallas is the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2020 Trustee’s Award for Organizational Excellence . From its early days, newer, better, bigger has been the attitude in Dallas, Texas. As a result, a constant tearing down...

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Preserving my Hood: East New York

By Zulmilena Then Zulmilena Then was one of the recipients of the 2020 American Express Aspire Award . One day, I had a dream where I was in danger. Like in a horror movie, I screamed for help, but my voice didn’t come out. I was surprised. I tried again, but I was mute. It felt...

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An Invitation to Act: A review of Main Street’s Comeback

2020 forced us all to hunker down at home with time to revisit our values. In Main Street’s Comeback: And How It Can Come Back Again , author Mary Means writes a convincing argument that the desire to revitalize our main streets is a core value of American culture. Means demonstrates that the...

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The 2020 National Preservation Awards

The 2020 National Preservation Awards are being presented this week at PastForward 2020 Online . The awards honor inspirational projects, individuals, and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the field of preservation. .embed-container ( position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25...

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Taliesin Preservation: 2019 Trustees Emeritus Award for Historic Site Stewardship

By Carrie Rodamaker History surrounds us, each and every day. But what does it teach us? How do we use the past to guide our future? That was a common theme at the 2019 PastForward Conference in Denver, Colorado, where Taliesin Preservation received the Trustees Emeritus Award for Historic...

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To the Moon and Back: Preserving Mission Control in Houston, Texas

In July of 2019, NASA’s Johnson Space Center completed a $5 million restoration that returned the Apollo Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, to its former midcentury glory—just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The mission control room is where NASA’s flight...

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Historic Denver: 2019 Trustee's Award for Organizational Excellence Recipient

Editor's Note: The nomination period for the 2020 National Preservation Awards has been extended. The new deadline is February 21. Historic Denver was founded in 1970 on the heels of the National Historic Preservation Act, a few years after the urban renewal wrecking ball left a scar...

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When Exactly Did We Become Preservationists? Tyrell Anderson and the Decay Devils

By Tyrell Anderson and the Decay Devils Editor's Note: Tyrell Anderson is the 2019 recipient of the American Express Aspire Award. Know of a worthwhile preservationist or project? The 2020 National Preservation Awards are now open through February 3, 2020. A few years ago, we were...

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2019 Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Ruth J. Abram

Editor's Note: These remarks were presented by Ruth Abram, the 2019 Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award recipient, on October 11 at PastForward 2019 in Denver Colorado. The Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award is the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s highest national recognition. Named...

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