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Virtual Reality Tours: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned at Villa Lewaro

In May 2018 the National Trust for Historic Preservation decided to create a virtual reality (VR) tour of Villa Lewaro , a National Trust National Treasure. The tour was designed to help us promote our work centering African American history at the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans, July...

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Envisioning Villa Lewaro’s Future

On May 6, 2014, the National Trust held a one-day visioning meeting titled Re-Imagining Villa Lewaro to come up with possible reuses for the property that would be guided by the mission and goals established by the National Trust. These goals included finding reuses that were economically...


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Interactive Process at Villa Lewaro Leads to Strong Public Engagement

In 1917 an article in the New York Times Magazine described Villa Lewaro as a “wonder house” with a “degree of elegance and extravagance that a princess might envy.” The real life princess was cosmetics entrepreneur--Madam C. J. Walker--America’s first self-made...

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Finding the Women: Where Are the Women’s History Sites?

The Modjeska Simkins House in Columbia, SC, was the site of many meetings between Simkins, Thurgood Marshall and other activists. It was here that Briggs v. Elliott was written, a SC case that became, in 1954 one of the cases grouped in the Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education. |...

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