Why Do Old Places Matter?

00_29.3Cover_smallIn 2013 Tom Mayes, the deputy general counsel at the National Trust for Historic preservation, was selected as a winner of the Rome Prize, which is awarded to about 30 emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence. A life-long preservationist, Mayes is the principal lawyer for legal matters relating to the National Trust’s 27 historic sites and for historic property real estate transactions, and has expertise in architectural and technical preservation issues, collections management, preservation easements, the Americans with Disabilities Act and historic shipwrecks.

When he isn’t working on legal complexities, Mayes has been considering the role historic places play in everyday life. This prestigious award sent Mayes to Rome on a six-month tour of discovery where he sought to answer the question: Why Do Old Places Matter? In the year since Mayes has produced a series of blog posts with his answers, and in the Spring of 2015 edited an issue of Forum Journal (download your copy below), that will look at this question from a variety of other perspectives.

Preservation Leadership Forum of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is a network of preservation leaders — professionals, students, volunteers, activists, experts — who share the latest ideas, information, and advice, and have access to in-depth preservation resources and training.

Why Do Old Places Matter? - Blog Series

Spring 2015 Forum Journal - Why Do Old Places Matter?

For the spring issue of the Forum Journal, Tom Mayes, author of the recent blog series “Why Do Old Places Matter?” asked scholars from other disciplines to consider why old places matter. Their perceptive articles will inspire you to reflect anew about why we work to save old places. From Max Page’s article “Why We Need Bad Places” to Eric Nathan’s thoughtful comments on creativity and old places, this journal will encourage you to think and talk with others about why old places matter to you.

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11 Responses

  1. Why Care About Old Places? | Hills of Heritage

    April 21, 2015

    […] and learning, and because they foster healthy, sustainable communities“,  Tom Mayes, Preservation Leadership Forum of the (US) National Trust for Historic […]

  2. Why Old Places Matter | University of Massachusetts and Hancock Shaker Village M.S. in Historic Preservation

    May 7, 2015

    […] to you. Read more about the free Spring 2015 Forum Journal and the accompanying video contest here. Both are open to the public and submissions for the video contest, “Old Places Matter Because […]

  3. Cynthia Moore

    May 14, 2015

    I would appreciate a copy of “Why Do Old Places Matter”, sent to me via email. Thank you.

  4. Why old places matter to you? - King William Cultural Art District

    May 19, 2015

    […] senses and inspire you? Is it because you feel old places give back to the community? Inspired by aseries of essays by Tom Mayes, we want to hear from you about old places that matter. Tell us in a short, 30-second video […]

  5. Why do old places matter? | Public History Commons

    May 27, 2015

    […] Leadership Forum. Miss the blog posts? You can view the central points here on Exposure and see full materials from the blog posts that started it all on the journal web companions on the Preservation […]

  6. Heritage Alliance – Preservation Month 2015

    June 4, 2015

    […] He covered such examples as Economics, Continuity, Memory, and much more.  Check his blogs out here.  The other series, “How to Save a Place,” contains great info on becoming an advocate […]

  7. Ronald Weber

    August 7, 2015

    The force of the place that is Rome in the formation of the 18th century intellectual movement that filtered through England to stimulate the ideas of America was the focus of our just completed 2015 NEH Institute for Teachers.The work of Mayes and company so powerfully encapsulates our experience. Unfortunately, the NEH will no longer offer such experiences of extra U.S. places to American teachers. Somehow this diminishes our appreciation of the place that America has become.

  8. Peter Donalek

    October 26, 2015

    How many national register buildings are in condominium form of ownership? If a multiunit residential building in condominium form of ownership, then is it more or less likely to be preserved?

  9. Digital History and Place | IN Place History

    October 29, 2015

    […] counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has written a series of blog posts about why old places matter. In the post on memory, Mayes describes childhood memories tied to places. My own experience is […]

  10. Why old places matter

    May 15, 2016

    […] You can find all 15 posts in Tom’s “Why Old Places Matter” series here. […]


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