Being Part of the Preservation Club: A Reflection

Posted on: October 6th, 2015 by Elizabeth Byrd Wood 2 Comments



The cover of this journal shows Miller's Court, a tax credit project in Baltimore, and one of Byrd's favorite spots in the city. | Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation

Hey, I know what we can do, let's start a club!

When you were a kid, how many times did you come up with that idea on a lazy summer afternoon? The club could center around anything—soccer, Barbies, pirates, Legos, checkers—you name it. Anything that you and your friends had a passion about, a common interest you shared. A way to swap ideas, share stories, and simply have fun with your buddies.

In the adult world, we call that an association, a users group, a network, a clearinghouse, a friends group, a chat room.

But still the same idea.

I have been privileged to be part of the preservation club for more than 30 years—in particular the Forum “club.”

Forum used to be called the Member Organization Program, MOP for short. Then when clearinghouses were all the rage, it became the Information Clearinghouse. Then back to National Trust Forum.... Read More →

preservationFUTURE: A Reading List

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by Melita Jureša-McDonald No Comments


PF2015_300x250_PHASE2The third track of the PastForward conference will look at ways to make preservation more relevant in communities nationwide. Over the past year, many preservation organizations, government agencies and non-traditional preservation groups and individuals have been discussing the future of historic preservation as part of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. The conference will continue these discussions and focus on planning for the next 50 years of preservation. The preservationFUTURE TrustLive will also include opening remarks by the National Trust’s president Stephanie Meeks, who will discuss how we make preservation relevant, who we partner with, how we take our work to scale for greater impact and how we, as a movement, change, adapt and grow.

The preservationFUTURE learning labs will build upon the ideas introduced in the TrustLive presentation. For example, the “Legacy Business and Intangible Heritage” Learning Lab will discuss the need to become more engaged with traditional “mom and pop” local businesses, many of which are struggling to stay open in the face of rising rents and competition from massive chain stores. In “The Preservation Connection: Music, Food, Arts and Pop Culture,” presenters will discuss innovative preservation strategies and tools for saving not only places, but also intangible heritage assets such as music, cuisine and other cultural traditions. And at the “The Future Becomes You” Learning Lab we will reflect on these conversations and ask you to share your own thoughts and ideas.

The following reading list will help you get started.... Read More →

Common Threads; Different Patterns

Posted on: September 30th, 2015 by David J. Brown 1 Comment


International Conference of National Trusts group photo. | Credit: Paul Tibbs

Attendees at the International Conference of National Trusts in Cambridge, U.K. | Credit: Paul Tibbs

What do magnificent English country estates, the intangible heritage of Uganda, Canadian lighthouses, Australian ranches, the historic center of Shanghai, nature preserves in the Caribbean, Balinese traditional dance, Texas courthouses, and India’s Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur have in common?

These unique pieces of the world’s cultural heritage were elements of discussions earlier this month on how National Trusts save, protect, and celebrate special places.

Delegates from 70 countries representing National Trusts and similar organizations from around the world gathered in Cambridge, U.K., for the 16th International Conference of National Trusts (ICNT). The theme of the conference was “Common Threads; Different Patterns.” All countries represented shared the common thread of the National Trust model for heritage conservation. Yet it was clear—beginning with the opening remarks and continuing throughout a week of presentations, debates, and tours—that each country has its own unique approach to saving and protecting historic and natural landmarks.... Read More →