Preserve America News |August
First Lady Designates Communities and Stewards
Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, has designated
the first 26 Preserve America Communities and first two Preserve
America Steward programs recognized under the Obama Administration. The
26 community designations bring the total number of designations since
the program's inception in 2003 to 762. The two stewardship
designations bring the national total of recognized efforts under
Preserve America to 13. Read more.
The Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif., is among the recently designated Preserve America Communities.
Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student Wins
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation presented its Award for
Federal Preserve America Accomplishment to the National Park Service
for its integral role in the service learning project Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student
at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The Journey Through Hallowed
Ground Partnership and Harpers Ferry Middle School also received awards
for their strong partnership efforts. Read more.
left, Will Shafroth and Robert Stanton (DOI), Catherine Bragaw and
Dennis Frye (Harpers Ferry National Historical Park), and ACHP Chairman
John L. Nau, III
Panel Discusses Service Learning
Preserve America Service Learning Project has started its course with
an engaging project at Harpers Ferry National Historical
Park developed by students from Harpers Ferry Middle School (WVa).
The concept is reaching broader audiences now, and during the Advisory
Council on Historic Preservation's Aug. 19 business meeting, council
members discussed how to improve federal youth involvement and
education strategies and what federal agencies can do to start
partnering with local educational outlets.
learning panelists are (from left) Cate Magennis Wyatt, president of
the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership; Dennis Frye, chief
historian, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; Scott Richardson,
K-12 program coordinator for Learn and Serve America (Corporation for
National and Community Service), and Robert Stanton, Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, Department of the Interior.
Network at the Preserve America Forum
of Preserve America Communities, Neighborhoods, Stewards, Grant
Recipients and Award winners are invited to attend a Preserve America
Forum in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 14 from 1:30 pm - 3:30
pm. Come share successes and best practices and discuss
future directions of the program with Preserve America participants
from across the country. ACHP staff will be on hand to answer
questions and update participants about new developments in the
Preserve America program.
affinity session is offered in conjunction with the National Trust for
Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Conference (www.nthpconference.org).
Although you are encouraged to register for the entire conference,
general registration is NOT required to attend this session, which is
free to attendees.
If you wish to participate in the Preserve America Forum, please RSVP no later than close of business on Sept. 1. Contact Judy Rodenstein by
e-mail or 202-606-8584. Please provide your name; title; Preserve
America Community, Steward or Awardee affiliation; e-mail address and
phone number. We look forward to seeing you in Nashville!
Community Spotlight: Santa Paula, California
Included in the recently designated batch of Preserve America
Communities is the city of Santa Paula, Calif. The region included a
significant presence of Native Americans prior to the arrival of the
Spanish in 1769, both influencing the history and development of the
community. Oil production and agriculture contributed to the growth of
Santa Paula in the 19th century, allowing for the construction of many
of the historic and cultural attractions that remain today. Santa Paula
features several sites on the National Register of Historic Places,
including California’s first oil well from 1867. Read more about the city's mark on citrus farming and its famous murals.
Visitors view one of the city's famous murals.
Historic Cemetery Tours Make History Come Alive
Cemeteries provide an excellent opportunity to share the history of
your community with current residents and visitors. Several Preserve
America Communities are drawing on the life stories of noteworthy
individuals buried in their local cemeteries to educate the public
about their area’s history. Cemetery tours can take place in the
daytime or at night, any time of the year, and are often offered in the
fall in conjunction with the celebration of Halloween. Researching,
preparing, and offering these tours gets local citizens involved in
learning about and sharing the story of the community. Another benefit
is that volunteers become engaged in the preservation and ongoing care
of these historic burial grounds.
Read more about student historians in Mississippi, ghosts in North
Carolina, and special cemetery events in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
If you have a good idea about how to interest visitors in your historic cemetery and the lives of those interred there, please e-mail Judy Rodenstein at the ACHP.
"Tales from the Crypt" Columbus, Miss.
NOAA Preserve America Grant Aids Beach Survey
funding from a NOAA Preserve America Initiative Grant of $10,350,
University of Hawai`i students, local schoolchildren and NOAA maritime
staffers completed the 2009 Return to Shipwreck Beach maritime heritage
survey on the north shore of the island of Lana`i, Hawai`i. The project
documented the wreck site of an inter island steamship lost on Lana`i's
famous Shipwreck Beach. Read more.
Heritage Travel, Inc. Announces Gozaic.com
(gō-‘zā-ik). Noun. 1) The name of a Web site, www.Gozaic.com. 2) The
mosaic of human civilization, heritage and culture. 3) The mosaic of
images to illustrate the dimensions of a featured heritage or cultural
wait is over! Gozaic.com, the Web site of Heritage Travel, Inc., a
subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is now
available for people seeking heritage- and culture-rich travel
experiences. At www.Gozaic.com,
people can research destinations, create trip itineraries, review sites
and destinations, share photos and connect through topics of interest.
Read more about traveling and the Preserve America Communities already part of this Web resource.