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Forum Journal: Heritage in the Landscape

The latest issue of Forum Journal examines the history, issues, and current conversations surrounding the preservation of cultural landscapes. In her introductory piece on cultural landscapes and the National Register, Barbara Wyatt explains that there is no single, rigid definition for a...

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National Trust Comments for Senate Committee Hearing on LWCF (June 2019)

The National Trust provided comments in support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act ( S. 1081 ) for the record of a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on LWCF held June 25, 2019. #conservation #Advocacy

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Art or Awful: The Conservation of Graffiti

By Stephanie M. Hoagland Cities such as Los Angeles are spending almost $7 million a year on graffiti removal. At the same time, graffiti artist Banksy’s piece, “Keeping it Spotless,” sold at Sotheby's for almost $1.9 million. In London walking tours showcase the city’s graffiti, and...

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Envisioning the Ghost Fleet of the Potomac National Marine Sanctuary

By Carrie Villar and Sharee Williamson In October the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the Ghost Fleet of the Potomac as a new National Treasure, with the ultimate goal of establishing a new national marine sanctuary . Consisting of approximately 200 known wrecks, more...

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A Preservationist’s Perspective on the Land Trust Rally

Preservation and land trust professionals share a common goal: saving places that matter to our communities. We understand the value and importance of not only identifying and protecting important resources but also using these resources in meaningful and sustainable ways. We share a critical...

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National Marine Sanctuaries: Protecting History Underwater

In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the National Marine Sanctuaries Act , which authorized the Secretary of Commerce to designate and protect areas of the marine environment that possess special national significance. This federal law was the first to specifically call for the protection of...

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The Art of Preservation at Chesterwood

By Valerie Balint Artists’ homes frequently represent a unique combination of a domestic environment and a laboratory for experimenting with new modes of artistic expression. At home, unfettered by the need to satisfy patrons, the artist is free to try their hand at architecture, landscape...

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PastForward 2015 Closing Luncheon and 50th Anniversary Kickoff

The final event of #PastForward 2015 served as an anniversary party, kicking off a year of celebrations. The luncheon began with the presentation of the American Express Aspire Award by Tim McClimon, Executive Director of American Express Foundation, and was followed by a keynote by Department...


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Evolving Preservation Standards and Strategies for the Octagon: Reemphasizing the Significance of Structural Fabric

Built in Washington, D.C., between 1799 and 1802 as the winter residence of the wealthy Colonel John Tayloe family of Virginia, The Octagon immediately became a Washington social center. It also served as the home of President James Madison and his wife, Dolley, during the War of 1812. Following...


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Conserving Drayton Hall’s Iconic Portico

Figure 1: Drayton Hall preservation staff investigate the iconic portico. | Credit: Drayton Hall by Trish Smith Drayton Hall , a National Trust Historic site in Charleston, S.C., is widely considered the earliest and finest example of Palladian architecture in the United States...

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