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A Preservation Pause: Irene Hirano Inouye, Virginia McAlester, and Inspiration for the Future of Preservation

Every morning for the last four weeks, I have stood on my balcony and taken a single moment, a breath, before I start the day. Like many of you, I find the current state of the world overwhelming, and this moment, this pause, helps clear my mind to find order in the chaos in which we now live. ...

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@PreservationToolkit: Using Instagram to Build Connections and Content in New Orleans

As a preservation developer, I advocate for policies that encourage the rehabilitation of historic structures, while also undertaking rehabilitation projects for my own account and that of others. My company tries to maximize the social impact of our work beyond the bricks and mortar of...

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Crisitunity Seized: Encouraging News on Visitation to History Organizations

Six years ago, when I talked about historic sites and house museums around the country, I borrowed the term “crisitunity”—a combination of crisis and opportunity—from an episode of The Simpsons . As a field, we identified the fact that these institutions had particular challenges that demanded...

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Building Tomorrow’s Heritage: Lessons from Psychology and Health Sciences

By Michael W. Mehaffy and Nikos A. Salingaros This is the second post in a series about recent lessons from the sciences for historic preservation and compatible new development. The authors—a physicist and mathematician, and an urban researcher and philosopher—explore emerging scientific...

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Why I Created the Guide to Becoming a Historic Preservationist

In the early 1990s, when I was in my 20s, I contemplated a career change from computer systems administration. It was an avocation that had found me—I had never had a desire to keep doing the work long term. I had not yet finished my undergraduate degree and was rigorously investigating various...

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Building Tomorrow’s Heritage: What Historic Structures Can Teach Us About Making a Better Future

By Michael W. Mehaffy and Nikos A. Salingaros This is the first post in a series about recent lessons from the sciences for historic preservation and compatible new development. The authors—a physicist and mathematician and an urban researcher and philosopher—explore emerging scientific...

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Remembering Cathy Galbraith

The preservation community recently lost one of our best with the passing of Cathy Galbraith in Portland, Oregon. I only met Cathy a few times, but her reputation as a leader and a fighter transcended her work in Oregon—she was a source of inspiration to preservation leaders everywhere,...

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Why Old Places Matter: The Book

I am delighted to share the news that “ Why Old Places Matter ”—the book—is coming out on September 1, 2018. This compilation of essays, which originally appeared on Preservation Leadership Forum , is now being published by Rowman and Littlefield as part of the American Association for State...

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Proving the Power of Place: President Lincoln’s Cottage Visitor Impact Study

By Erin Carlson Mast A version of this piece originally appeared on the American Alliance of Museums website on March 20, 2018. The “Lincoln shiver” is what many of the staff and advisers called it during the restoration of President Lincoln’s Cottage . The shiver is a feeling one gets...

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