Preserve America News |August
New Communities Honored in Newark
the ACHP's summer business meeting Aug. 9, Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker,
ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson and Vice Chairman Clement
Price presented two Newark neighborhoods with Preserve America
Community designation certificates signed by First Lady Michelle Obama.
The neighborhods are the Ironbound community and the James Street
Commons Historic District. Read more details.
Preserve America Steward Named in Newark
the ACHP's summer business meeting Aug. 9, a new Preserve America
Steward was honored. Branch Brook Park Alliance received a certificate
signed by First Lady Michelle Obama from ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson,
Vice Chairman Clement Price and Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker. Read more details.
Come to the National Trust Preserve America Session
affiliate session for Preserve America Communities as well as other
historic communities and their partners will be held in Spokane, Wash.,
on Oct. 31, 2012, from 1-3 p.m. at the National Preservation
special forum is focused on “Historic Communities and Tourism Economics.”
All interested community representatives and others
attending the conference in Spokane are invited; while registration for
the main conference is encouraged, it is not required to attend this
session. Confirmed speakers to date include Donovan Rypkema of
Place Economics; Ron Anzalone of the ACHP; and community presenters from
Monterey, Calif., Great Falls and Whitehall, Mont. We would be happy to
receive additional speaker proposals if you are interested in speaking
about your community’s or region’s preservation and heritage tourism
accomplishments, and how you are measuring the economic success of your
would love to see community representatives from Preserve America
Communities, Certified Local Governments and Main Street Communities,
including gateway communities to National Parks and other significant
public resources, as well as communities named by the National Trust to
the annual Dozen Distinctive Destinations list. The forum will also
welcome others working with these communities, including state and
tribal preservation officials, statewide and regional heritage
organizations, convention and visitor bureaus and tourism offices.
Read a full description of the session. If you are interested in making a presentation, or want to sign up to attend, please contact Judy Rodenstein (202-606-8584) or Ron Anzalone (202-606-8523) at the ACHP.
Spokane Riverfront Park (photo courtesy Wikipedia)
Another Session to Attend in Spokane
ACHP will also present an educational session at the National
Preservation Conference. “Perceptions of Place: Preservation in a
Changing America” is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Nov. 3. Plan to stay for
the award ceremony Friday night and the ACHP session on Saturday
morning, before leaving Spokane.
The session will address the issue of multiculturalism in historic
preservation and how the values of historic places can be properly
interpreted, respected and protected. Moderated by ACHP Office of
Federal Agency Programs Assistant Director Charlene Vaughn, the panel
includes ACHP Vice Chairman Clement Price (as Director of the Institute
on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University,
Newark Campus); David Vela (Southeast Regional Director,
NPS); Leonard Forsman (Chairman, Suquamish Tribe); and Dennis
Arguelles (Director, Program Development, Search to Involve Pilipino
Americans as a representative of Filipinotown, Los Angeles, Calif.).
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Preserve America
3, 2013, will be the anniversary of the first announcement of the
Preserve America program at a conference of the National Association of
Counties in Washington, D.C. by then-First Lady Laura Bush. The spring
2003 Preserve America announcement was followed by events later in the
year in Mobile, Ala. and Portland, Maine, and the U.S. Conference of
Mayors also passed a resolution in
support of Preserve America at its annual conference in Denver. January
15, 2014, will mark 10 years since the first Preserve America
Communities were announced at a White House event. The first eight
designated communities were Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Key West, Fla.;
Augusta, Ga.; Versailles, Ky.; Dorchester County, Md.; Putnam County, N.Y.; Delaware, Ohio; and Castroville, Texas.
If you have suggestions about how to recognize the anniversary of Preserve America, please e-mail your idea to Ron Anzalone.
Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries
part of its “Discover Our Shared Heritage” Travel Itinerary series,
which highlights properties listed in the National Register of Historic
Places that can be visited along themed itineraries, the National Park
Service identifies those itineraries that are connected to Preserve
America Communities. The most recent itineraries include “Indian Mounds
of Mississippi,” “Places Reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures in the
National Park System,” and “Bureau of Reclamation Historic Dams and
Water Projects.” See all of the National Register itineraries. Read about the Preserve America Communities
linked to National Register itineraries.
Parker Dam, Arizona/California (photo courtesy NPS)
Tribal Youth Summit
ACHP’s Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) and Office of
Communications, Education, and Outreach participated in back-to-back
historic preservation sessions at the 2012 Intertribal Youth Leadership
Institute on July 30, 2012.
staff provided information about three federal historic preservation
issues that affected tribes as models, and participated in interactive
discussions about how the national historic preservation program can
assist tribal leaders in issues of importance to tribes and Native
Hawaiian organizations. About 30 attendees were in each of the two
the educational sessions, ONAA staff participated in an interactive
“getting to know your federal partners” session where institute
attendees could learn more about historic preservation efforts, the
ACHP, and discuss issues important to them.
sessions took place at the fourth leadership institute held by the U.S.
Department of Justice near Washington, D.C. between July 28 and Aug. 2.
Students listen to panelists.
Section 106 Training
you curious about how federal agencies factor historic preservation
concerns into project planning? Is a federal or federally-assisted
project anticipated in your community? If so, you may want to learn more
about Section 106 review. Section 106 is explained in the
ACHP’s Citizen's Guide,
but webinars are another great opportunity to gather useful information
about this tool in the federal historic preservation program.
Section 106 Webinar Series continues this summer. One-hour, interactive
learning experiences about hot topics in Section 106 review are led by
ACHP staff instructors. The schedule includes topics of interest to all
knowledge levels, from those new to the regulatory process to
Details are available here. Additional
webinars will be announced over the next month, so we encourage you to
bookmark this page and check for updates. Enrollment is limited to 25
students in any offering, and all webinars are $50 per participant. Contact us with questions.
if you will be in Spokane, Wash., this fall, sign up to take our
on-site Section 106 Essentials course being offered in conjunction with
the National Preservation Conference. More information is available here.
40th Anniversary of World Heritage Convention
June 2012, a group of experts and organizational representatives took
part in a symposium on U.S. World Heritage Sites at the University of
Virginia. Monticello and the university together comprise the UNESCO
World Heritage Site designated in 1987.
the World Heritage Convention is celebrating its 40th anniversary this
year, the group believed it was timely and important to discuss how to
improve appreciation and understanding of U.S. World Heritage Sites.
Enhancing the timeliness of the meeting was the release of the
first-ever National Travel and Tourism Strategy by the federal
government in May. Related issues included assessing the potential for
enhanced networking and cooperation among the U.S. site managers, and
developing strategies to promote the tourism benefits of enhanced
international and domestic visitation at the sites. A related interest
that will be of particular concern to Preserve America Communities near
some of these locations is how to use World Heritage Sites as one part
of a regional
tourism promotional strategy through the U.S. international tourism
marketing being carried out by Brand USA and its Discover America Web site.
of the symposium included the ACHP, the National Park Service and the
U.S. National Commission on UNESCO. A report of the proceedings is
View a full current U.S. World Heritage list and the study list, as well as more about the program and links to the international sites.
Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities
The federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities released a new publication,
Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities.
Three federal agencies—the Departments of Housing and Urban Development
and Transportation, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency—came together in 2009
to create the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to help
places around the country develop in more environmentally and
economically sustainable ways. To guide its work, the Partnership
developed six livability principles that are consistent with the goals
of most Preserve America Communities: Provide more transportation choices; Promote equitable, affordable housing; Enhance economic competitiveness;
Support existing communities; Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment; Value communities and neighborhoods.
designated Preserve America Communities have been featured in
partnership case studies, including Selma, Ala.; Little Rock, Ark.;
Bridgeport, Conn.; and Charles Town, WVa. Read more details about the partnership, the livability principles and other case studies and resource information.
Historic Dundon House, Bridgeport, Conn. (photo courtesy State of Connecticut)