Preserve America News |March
Your Input Needed for American Latino Theme Study
public is invited to suggest places and stories associated
with American Latino history for a “study list” as part of a
theme study being undertaken by the National Park Service (NPS). The
goal is to increase opportunities for the public to learn about the role
of American Latinos in the development of the nation. Suggested
places may recognize civil rights struggles; local culture; historic
trails and migration routes; or be sites in national parks managed by
the NPS or on lands managed by the federal government or state, tribal,
and local governments.
theme study is an outgrowth of the Department of the Interior’s
American Latino Heritage Initiative that seeks to raise the profile of
American Latino heritage through a range of projects and programs. The
theme study will assist government agencies and the private sector with
identifying and evaluating Latino-related places for their historical
significance and the potential nomination of these places to the
National Register of Historic Places and for National Historic Landmark
suggest American Latino historic places for the study list, send the
name of the property, where it is located, and a few sentences about why
it is important and why it tells an important story to American_Latino_Heritage@nps.gov. More information is available.
First cigar factory, Ybor City, Fla.
Latino Heritage Sites in Preserve America Communities
Cine El Rey ("The King Cinema") in downtown McAllen, Texas, opened in
1947 and served the city's Hispanic community for 40 years. It was built
in response to a demand for Spanish language entertainment following
the influx of agricultural workers from Mexico. These workers were among
millions recruited by the U.S. - Mexico Braceros program, established
at the end of World War II to deal with a severe shortage of farm
laborers. Today the rehabilitated theater serves as a performing
arts venue and contributes to the revitalization of the downtown area. Read the profile. Learn more about the community.
group of historic resources illuminating Latino heritage in the U.S. is
in Tampa, Fla. In 1886, Vicente Martinez Ybor relocated his cigar
manufacturing business to an area east of Tampa. Cuban tobacco leaf
could be easily imported, and Ybor's hand rolled cigars freely exported.
Immigrants provided the labor for his first cigar factory, and Ybor's
factories attracted master cigar craftsmen from Spain, Cuba and Italy.
The town soon became the "cigar capital of the world." Small cottages,
called casitas, originally built for cigar workers' families in 1895,
were some of the earliest structures built in Ybor City. A handful of
the carefully restored cottages have been re-situated along 9th Avenue
and 18th Street as part of the Ybor City Museum State Park.
City is today a National Historic Landmark District. Visitors can stop
by the Gonzalez y Martinez Cigar Factory located on 7th Avenue and 21st
Street to watch the work of professional rollers who demonstrate their
trade daily. More information on the Preserve America Community is available as well as information from the city.
Photo courtesy National Park Service
Cultural Heritage Tourism Exchange Register Today!
Sign up now for the 2012 Cultural Heritage Tourism Exchange May 3-4 at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
interested in advancing the promotion and profile of cultural heritage
tourism and beneficial policies at the local, state, regional and
national level should participate in this event. Hosted by Partners
in Tourism, this forum will offer networking for cultural heritage
tourism practitioners, foster partnerships among constituents and
identify ways to collaborate and enhance growth in cultural heritage
tourism in the U.S.
More information and registration is available. To help shape the agenda and the discussion, complete the survey.
of attending the CHT Exchange include meeting with representatives from
the 29 federal and national “Partners in Tourism;” learning about new
initiatives, legislative updates and national branding activities; and
sharing information and ideas with colleagues engaged in cultural
heritage tourism. The program will include updates from Brand USA (the
entity charged with increasing international visitation to the U.S.) and
the U.S. Travel & Tourism
Advisory Board (the entity advising on governmental policies and
Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation
ACHP recently published an overview of the study by PlaceEconomics of
the economic benefits of historic preservation. Preserve America
Communities are the perfect example of how historic preservation and
heritage tourism can be positive economic drivers for local
economies. Read the report.
Read related facts and figures.
Sign Up for Historic Preservation Training
The ACHP offers comprehensive training for individuals and groups throughout the country. Read more about how to register for upcoming courses regarding Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
ACHP is interested in your thoughts on potential topics for future
webinars or other forms of e-training. Send your ideas to Judy Rodenstein.
Section 3 Report to the President Showcases Stewardship on a National Level
Preserve America Executive Order, E.O. 13287, calls for a comprehensive
report every three years on the state of the federal government's
stewardship of its historic properties. President Obama received the
report on Feb. 15, and it is available for downloading here.
New Preservation Brief Now Available
Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings” (Preservation Brief #3,
National Park Service Technical Preservation Services) is a newly
updated publication incorporating input from leading experts in building
science, engineering and historic preservation.
It offers guidance on how to make informed decisions about energy efficient improvements to historic buildings. View the new brief.
National Main Streets Conference in Baltimore
April 1-4, 2012, the ACHP and the Preserve America program will be an
exhibitor at the annual National Main Streets Conference. This year
the conference will be in downtown Baltimore, Md., a Preserve America
Community and a key location for this year’s commencement of the War of
1812 Bicentennial. Among other important resources, Baltimore is
the site of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic
Shrine, the bombardment of which in September 1814 inspired Francis
Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner.
Please visit us in Baltimore if you attend the National Main Streets Conference. We
will be in booth 210 in the Main Exhibit Hall in the Baltimore Hilton,
401 W. Pratt St.; we will also be presenting an introduction to Preserve
America from 3:45-4:15 p.m. on April 2 in the Johnson Room.
Fort McHenry, photo courtesy National Park Service
National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Forum 2012
National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) Forum 2012 will be
in Norfolk, Va., July 18-22, 2012, with the ACHP participating in the
conference and presenting two sessions.
On July 19, the ACHP will present a session called Section 106: What’s In It for Your Community? This
will focus on how preservation commissions and citizens can effectively
interact with federal agencies and other consulting parties under
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. An ACHP Section
106 expert will be available to explain the process, answer your
questions and suggest strategies that might work for you, your
organization and your community.
On July 21, the ACHP and two of its non-governmental partners will discuss, at the Youth in Preservation
session, highly effective strategies to involve young people in
historic preservation activities on the local level in partnership with
federal agencies, schools and preservation organizations. This
effort grew out of the 2006 Preserve America Summit recommendations and
addresses the critical need to increase the constituency and widen
public awareness of the importance of historic preservation in our
communities and the nation.
Learn more about and register for the NAPC conference.
Free National Wildlife Refuge App Highlights Historic Properties
National Wildlife Refuge System celebrated its birthday March 14 and is
offering users of smartphones, iPads and the like a free application
download until April 1. No fooling!
MyRefuge application features searchable maps and instant information
on bird watching, trails and historic sites. The app showcases 59 of the
country’s 556 national wildlife refuges, up from 42 at its December
launch. The number of participating refuges is expected to continue
the MyRefuge application users can pick up highlights of a refuge’s
history, culture or wildlife setting. You can learn that the Lombard
Ferry on Seedskadee Refuge, Wy., ferried westward pioneers across the Green River in the mid-19th century. Or how
Ridgefield Refuge, Wash., honors its Chinookan heritage at its Cathlapotle Plankhouse and how Malheur Refuge, Ore., preserves and interprets Civilian Conservation Corps structures on the refuge.
MyRefuge can be downloaded from iTunes: http://bit.ly/v3diSJ and appshopper: http://bit.ly/uKh1jg. After April 1, the app will cost 99 cents.
National Wildlife Refuge system is operated by the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service and is a partner in the Preserve America program. See www.fws.gov/refuges/.
Prickly pear in bloom, Seedskadee NWR, credit: K. Penner
New Executive Order on Travel and Support for Tourism
the last year, the U.S. has been developing and testing its marketing
effort to attract international visitors through a Travel Promotion
Board and a new marketing arm known as Brand USA. On January 19, 2012,
the President issued a new Executive Order on “Establishing Visa and
Foreign Visitor Processing Goals and the Task Force on Travel and
The issuance of this order may provide
an opportunity to highlight and promote heritage tourism opportunities,
destinations and programs around the country. In particular, the
Task Force on Travel and Competitiveness, which is co-chaired by the
Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior, is charged with developing a
national tourism strategy “to promote domestic and international travel
opportunities throughout the United States,” as well as “strategies to
promote visits to the United States' public lands, waters, shores,
monuments, and other iconic American destinations.”
Task Force is also considering recommendations “to promote and expand
travel and tourism opportunities in rural communities.” These
responsibilities echo and complement Section 5 of the Preserve America
Executive Order, which directed the Secretary of Commerce, “working with
the [Advisory] Council [on Historic Preservation] and other agencies,
[to] assist States, Indian tribes, and local communities in promoting
the use of historic properties for heritage tourism and related economic
development in a manner that contributes to the long-term
preservation and productive use of those properties.”
The comments the ACHP submitted during the public comment period may be found
We have recommended that World Heritage Sites in the U.S. as well as
Preserve America Communities, National Heritage Areas, National Park
units and other prominent historic and cultural places be featured in
international and domestic travel promotions. The ACHP has met
several times with other federal agencies engaged in this effort, and we
will provide periodic updates with news and further information about
the national strategy, Brand USA activities and the economic potential
of tourism at the local and regional level.
Update Your Contact Information Please
there been any changes in your contact information since you first
applied for your Preserve America Community designation? If so, please
e-mail updated information to
This includes new chief elected officials, an office move to a new
address, new contact people, a change in e-mail addresses or phone