Preserve America News |November
Looking for Preserve America Grant Experiences
honor of the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Preserve America program,
we encourage you to consider making a presentation at the Journey
Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) Partnership’s
conference on May 21- 22, 2013, in Gettysburg, Pa. As part of the
conference, the Partnership, the ACHP and the National Park Service are
organizing a symposium entitled, “Getting More Bang for the Buck: Tools
for Sustainable Growth and Heritage Tourism.” Session proposals are due by Nov. 30.
gathering will provide a great opportunity for you, as activists and
professionals involved in heritage preservation, planning, economic
development and tourism, to share your experiences and successful
strategies with your peers. A
call for proposals is
being circulated which outlines topical areas of interest and provides
details about participating in the conference as a presenter. This will
be a valuable learning opportunity.
if you do not submit a proposal for a conference session, we hope you
will consider registering for the conference and learning from experts
and representatives of communities throughout the JTHG area and the
larger surrounding region. Participants will also include
representatives of Certified Local Governments, Main Street communities
and communities that are gateways to National Parks. Read
more information about the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership,
which is a National Heritage Area corridor in Virginia, West Virginia,
Maryland and Pennsylvania that is home to a number of Preserve America
Communities and many other historic places.
Gettysburg Shriver House Museum
Call for Ideas, 50th Anniversary of the NHPA
October 15, 2016, will mark the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) being signed into law.
NHPA supported and built on the Antiquities Act of 1906, the Historic
Sites Act of 1935, the National Trust for Historic Preservation Act of
1949 and other preservation policies and programs. Through the 1966
statute and later amendments, it has established a national preservation
program that today includes the National Register of Historic Places
and National Historic Landmarks, Section 106 project review, the ACHP
itself, the Historic Preservation Fund, the Federal Historic
Rehabilitation Tax Credits, State and Tribal Historic Preservation
Officers, Certified Local Governments, Federal Preservation Officers and the
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering
American Landscape Survey. It also gave birth to other related programs,
such as National Heritage Areas, National Historic Trails, Save
America’s Treasures and Preserve America.
NHPA and its resulting benefits have been vital to instituting a
preservation ethic across the nation. This has resulted in saving and
revitalizing thousands of historic places that otherwise would have been
there have been reviews of the NHPA and suggestions for improving or
enhancing its components. For the 40th anniversary in 2006, the ACHP and
its partners created a youth-oriented publication (a Newspapers in
Education special newspaper insert) and sponsored the Preserve America Summit that took place in New Orleans.
time from now until October 2016 offers an opportunity to reinvigorate
and widen support for preservation. The preservation community and its
partners should articulate and demonstrate the direct benefits and
indirect influence of the last 50 years of historic preservation
activity in the United States through a creative, collaborative project
with broad public appeal. A strong connection to the economy, including
job creation, is certainly essential, but also critical are the role of
preservation activity in U.S. infrastructure,
environmental and energy sustainability, public education
and community livability. At the same time, the anniversary and
pending program reauthorization offer an opportunity to review and
critically examine the law and its implementation, and to seek
improvements and enhancements to public policy and program
administration over the next decade.
The ACHP Alumni Foundation has supported a project to develop a series of Section 106 Success Stories.
To date, 10 of these case studies have been developed of the 106 stories
envisioned. What else could be planned? Other activities might include
joint events and related promotional activities, such as an “open doors”
national effort at historic sites or coordinated events sponsored by
states or public-private collaborations. Send your suggestions about how we might recognize the 50th anniversary to Ron Anzalone by Dec. 7.
Hurricane Sandy Effects and Recovery
want to extend our wishes for a speedy recovery to all those
communities, organizations and individuals who suffered damage and
losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The
storm made landfall between Atlantic
City and historic Cape May, N.J., on Oct. 29. In diameter (1,100
miles/1,800 km), Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on
record. Strong winds, tidal surge, rain and snow caused significant
damage to communities, historic sites, national parks and
infrastructure in many states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast and well
During the storm, the National Park Service (NPS) closed or cordoned off 69 national park units. Damage assessments are ongoing. There are a number of Web sites for preservation work that may be helpful in the weeks and months ahead. These include information made available through the National Trust for Historic Preservation; the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
of the NPS; and Heritage Preservation and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force.
State Historic Preservation Offices in directly affected states, such as Maryland, have also posted information and requests for local community damage information.
Please share information and photos of damage to historic resources in your community by sending the ACHP an e-mail.
Asbury Park, N.J.--a gazebo is wrested from its foundation by Hurrican Sandy. (© Photo by Sharon Karr/FEMA)
New National Landmarks Connected to Preserve America Communities
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently
announced the designation of 26 new National Historic Landmarks (NHL)and one National Natural Landmark (NNL). Just 2,527 NHLs and 592 NNLs have this distinction.
Read the full list of new landmarks.
Six of these landmarks are located in Preserve America Communities, including the following: Camp Evans, Wall Township, N.J.
(also a designated Preserve America Steward, the InfoAge Science History Center
at Camp Evans); Central Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers/Dayton Veterans Administration Home, Dayton, Ohio; Denver Civic Center, Denver, Colo.;
Historic Moravian Bethlehem Historic District, Bethlehem, Penn.; United Congregational Church,
Newport, R.I.; U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, San Francisco, Calif.
Township is in Monmouth County on the New Jersey shore near Asbury
Park, and the township and Camp Evans were directly affected by
Hurricane Sandy; we are waiting to hear of damage to the historic
facilities. Newport, R.I., had
high water and some wind damage from the hurricane; Newport’s Ocean
Drive was partially blocked and closed by boulders and other wave
debris. Bethlehem, Penn.,
in the Lehigh River Valley, had a significant number of downed trees and extensive power outages from the storm.
Denver Civic Center view of the Greek amphitheater (photo coutresy Wikipedia)
New Solar Installation Resources Available
new resources concerning installation of solar panels on historic
buildings are now online. The National Park Service has posted
a new Web site on the topic,
and the Department of Energy, the National Trust for Historic
Preservation and the North Carolina Solar Center have collaborated to
produce Installing Solar Panels on Historic Buildings: A Survey of the Regulatory Environment.
National Park Service Web site image
Historic Communities Make Good Recreational Spots
In October, Outside
magazine listed America’s 10 Best Riverside Towns. Knowing the
connection between water power and transportation and American
settlement, it should come as no surprise to historic preservationists
and historians that six of these 10 were also Preserve America
In preparing the top 10 list, Outside
partnered with American Rivers, the nation’s leading fresh water
non-profit, to create a list of the 50 best riverside towns in the
nation. They crunched the list to come up with the 10 that best fit
their criteria. Outside
placed the resulting list on its Web site and had readers vote on their
favorite to obtain a ranking. More than 20,000 people responded and
voted in the order noted parenthetically below.
Preserve America Communities of Boise, Idaho (3); Durango, Colo. (4);
Missoula, Mont. (5); Nashville, Tenn. (6); Asheville, N.C. (8); and,
Ithaca, N.Y. (10) were ranked. Read about them here.
real surprise is that the remaining four were not already Preserve
America Communities, as they likely could meet Preserve America
standards with a bit of effort. They were Richmond, Va. (1); Nevada
City, Calif. (2); Milwaukee, Wisc. (7); and, Hood River, Ore. (9). Read more.
The Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula, Mont.
National Trust Session Features Historic Communities and Economics
affiliate session for Preserve America Communities and others was held
in Spokane, Wash., on Oct. 31 at the National Trust for Historic
Preservation’s National Preservation Conference.
special forum, titled “Historic Communities and Tourism Economics,” was
part of a continuing series of affiliate sessions for communities and
their partners that we have hosted for a number of years at the Trust
by ACHP Executive Director John Fowler, speakers included Donovan
Rypkema of PlaceEconomics, who later in the week was honored with the
Louise DuPont Crowninshield Award for outstanding contributions to the
field of historic preservation (see the
Allyson Brooks, the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer; Kim
Bui-Burton of Monterey, Calif.; Ellen Sievert, Great Falls, Mont.; and,
Tara Mastel, Whitehall/Jefferson County, Mont. ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson attended, along with about 50 others. Thanks to all the panelists and other participants for excellent presentations and a lively and timely discussion.
Riverfront Park Train escorts visitors around the historic Great Northern Clock Tower. (photo courtesy Ron Niebrugge)