Monday, December 31, 2012
10. Spinning off of National Main Street Center as a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. After a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, preparations are far advanced and well underway to spin off the National Main Street Center as a subsidiary of the National Trust. A new Director is being sought and a Board being assembled as we speak. Expect announcements very early in the New Year. Maintaining this highly successful economic development program should be a high-priority for anyone with an interest in historic preservation.
9. Anticipating the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. While the 50th anniversary of NHPA won't fall until October 15, 2016, preparations have already begun to mark this monumental advancement in the preservation movement. There would not be a National Register or Advisory Council on Historic Preservation without this important Act. Get informed, and, more importantly, prepare to recognize this milestone in your community in 2016.
8. Threats to the Historic Preservation Tax Credit. Despite creating billions of dollars of new investment for communities throughout the U.S., both the Federal preservation tax credit and numerous State credits are under siege. The Michigan Preservation Tax Credit was ended on December 31, 2011, and we're still waiting to see the full results. In the near-term the Federal credit appears to be safe, though as austerity measures set in a hard fight to retain the credits is likely to follow.
7. End of the Save America's Treasures grant program. The U.S. Congress did not continue funding for the Clinton-era Save America's Treasures grant program in 2011 and 2012. This year the National Trust for Historic Preservation quietly closed their grant office. Absent SAT there are few other programs to provide bricks-and-mortar support for historic preservation. With this grant program also went the staff who so ably managed this program for so many years. This loss in institutional memory was equal to or greater than the actual loss of funding.
6. Saving the David Wright House in Phoenix. This was a slowly evolving crisis played out in the national media. At issue was one of the surviving works of Frank Lloyd Wright without any protections in place. The tendency of the then owner to taunt and tease preservation advocates in public raised the stakes and added to the drama. Ultimately a preservation-minded buyer was found. Serious minded preservationists and especially FLW fans should prepare themselves to never let such a travesty of good judgment ever happen again.
5. Renaming venerable preservation organizations. We've noticed a trend in recent years of preservation organizations bringing focus to their efforts by changing their names. Longer names with "Society" and "Heritage" have been shed, in favor of organizations starting with either Preservation or Preserve, followed by the geographic area the organizations represent. We welcome Preservation Detroit though mourn the passage of Preservation Wayne. In a related matter we mourn the early and unfortunate death of Katherine Clarkson, the past Executive Director of Preservation Wayne.
4. Waiting for the 15 million Local Preservationists to get involved. The National Trust performed ground-breaking market research to identify over 15 million people in the U.S. who shared preservation values though whom did not necessarily consider themselves "preservationists." Despite a refresh of Preservation magazine and increasingly proactive efforts to attract new members, we are still waiting to see the results. When preservation exceeds 1 million active members we will be able to get the attention of policymakers, corporate leaders and others. Until then, more work remains to be done.
3. Disastrous Superstorm Sandy hits the Northeast. We all watched in horror as Superstorm Sandy barreled down. The devastation that it cut is broad and vast. Thankfully the coordinated response by Federal, State, and local officials made a far worse situation more manageable. Our hearts swelled with pride to see the bi-partisan unity in hard-hit New Jersey with President Obama and Governor Christie walking side-by-side. Recovery will not be immediate and may take years. We hope for places that are stronger, better, and more prepared for future disasters that will inevitably come.
2. Cesar Chavez National Monument established. "¡Si, Se Puede!" We were mildly in awe seeing President Obama welcome this new National Monument in October 2012. People had to be turned away when the initially expected 4,000 people swelled to over 7,000 who showed up for the dedication. This marks a refreshing awareness among leaders in the Federal government of the need and importance to recognize the full spectrum of historic sites that celebrate the diversity of our nation. We still have a long way to go though this represents an important step.
1. Detroit emerging as a center of innovation. New businesses are getting started up, people are moving downtown, and for the first time in many years festive Christmas lights went up along Woodward Avenue. This is thanks to the sustained investment of longstanding leaders joined by new players such as Dan Gilbert and Quicken Loans. A great American city is coming back to life again. Follow this story in the New Year for we suspect as Robert Browning once said, "the best is yet to be."
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
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As 2012 comes to a close, the Los Angeles Conservancy is actively involved in nearly 50 preservation issues throughout Los Angeles County. We’re working to save historic places from demolition as well as pursuing proactive outreach to help more cities establish and improve preservation laws and incentives.
In October, we held "I Heart Garden Apartments Day" to bring awareness to Greater Los Angeles' nearly forty garden apartment communities and the various threats they face. Photos by Shannon Ryan/L.A. Conservancy.
We expect our number of active issues to increase in 2013, which is why we ask you to help strengthen our efforts by becoming a member or donating to the Preservation Advocacy Fund by December 31.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012
- Presidential library
- Home before becoming president
- Home during presidency
- Home after presidency
- Burial site
The responsibility for maintaining these different sites also broadly varies. Some are maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration of the U.S. Federal Government. Others are managed by other public and private organizations.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center was officially the first to break ground. in 1912. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museum opened in 1916.The museum was located near the Spiegel Grove house and grounds that were also donated and eventually opened to the public. Later the Hayes museum served as an example for President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Library & Museum, also situated near President Roosevelt's house in Hyde Park, New York.
In 1939 President Franklin Roosevelt donated his papers to the Federal government. At that time Roosevelt also formed a non-profit to raise funds to build a library and museum on his Hyde Park, New York estate. Eventually this program of Presidential libraries expanded and grew so that every President since Herbert Hoover now has a Presidential library officially administered by the National Archives. These libraries today maintain vast archives available for scholarly research. There are now 13 such libraries in operation.
31. Herbert Hoover, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch, Iowa
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, New York
33. Harry S. Truman, Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library, Independence, Missouri
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene, Kansas
35. John F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Dorchester, Massachusetts
36. Lyndon B. Johnson, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Austin, Texas
37. Richard Nixon, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, California
38. Gerald R. Ford, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan
38. Gerald R. Ford, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan
39. Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
40. Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California
41. George H. W. Bush, George Bush Presidential Library & Museum, College Station, Texas
42. Bill Clinton, William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, Little Rock, Arkansas
43. George W. Bush, George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas, Texas
Of the remaining 31 presidents without a Presidential library run by the National Archives (including President Obama), there are nine other Presidential libraries either privately or publicly owned and operated. Of these, the Fred W. Smith National Library at Mount Vernon (that has yet to be constructed), will be the only one to be built and maintained without any government funding.
1. George Washington, Fred W. Smith National Library at Mount Vernon (Under Construction), Mount Vernon, Virginia, run by Mount Vernon Ladies Association
6. John Quincy Adams, Stone Library at Adams National Historical Park, Quincy, Massachusetts, run by National Park Service
16. Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois, run by State of Illinois
17. Andrew Johnson, President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, Tusculum, Tennessee.
18. Ulysses S. Grant, Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, Starkville, Mississippi, run by Mississippi State University & Ulysses S. Grant Association
19. Rutherford Hayes, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, Ohio, run by Ohio Historical Society & Hayes Presidential Center, Inc.
25. William McKinley, William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, Canton, Ohio, run by Stark County Historical Society
28. Woodrow Wilson, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, Virginia, run by Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation
30. Calvin Coolidge, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum, Northampton, Massachusetts, run by State of MassachusettsThe process of establishing a Presidential library for those without one has proven to be a difficult affair. An effort is underway to create a Grover Cleveland Library in Buffalo, New York. The organization Free New York, Inc. has applied for tax-exempt status. Their website describes: "If and when we are approved, we will begin to accept donations of Grover Cleveland books and memorabilia and look for a suitable location for this museum."
An increasingly common practice has been to associate presidential libraries with major research universities.
- James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library / University of Mary Washington
- Andrew Johnson Museum and Library / Tusculum College
- Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library / Mississippi State University
- Theodore Roosevelt Collection / Harvard University
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum / Marist College
- John F. Kennedy Library and Museum / University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum / University of Texas at Austin
- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library / University of Michigan
- George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum / Texas A&M University
- George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum / Southern Methodist University
Of all the Presidents whose libraries are part of the NARA system, their Presidential library serves dual purpose as a presidential museum as well. This means that in addition to the library proper, there are interactive exhibits, interesting and fun public programs, and important educational events. Of the presidents within the NARA system, President Gerald Ford is the only one to have a library and museum in separate cities. The museum is located in Grand Rapids and the library in Ann Arbor.
For those presidents outside of the NARA system or without a dedicated library of the own, a list follows of all known museums to date. Every President with the exception of Zachary Taylor, has at least one place where people can go to remember their presidency.
2. John Adams - Adams National Historic Park administered by the National Park Service with residence of John Adams and several other family members.
3. Thomas Jefferson - Monticello estate with the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.
4. James Madison - James Madison Museum in Orange, Virginia
5. James Monroe - James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library in Fredericksburg, Virginia
7. Andrew Jackson - The Hermitage, Nashville, Tennessee . Home and museum administered by the Ladies' Hermitage Association.
8. Martin Van Buren - Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Kinderhook, New York. Administered by the National Park Service.
9. William Henry Harrison - Grouseland, Vincennes, Indiana. House while Governor of the Indiana territory.
10. John Tyler - Sherwood Forest Plantation, Charles City, Virginia.
11. James K. Polk - James K. Polk Ancestral Home, Columbia, Tennessee.
12. Zachary Taylor - none.
13. Millard Fillmore - Millard Fillmore House, East Aurora, New York.
14. Franklin Pierce - Pierce Manse, Concord, New Hampshire.
15. James Buchanan - Wheatland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
17. Andrew Johnson - Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Greeneville, Tennessee.
20. James Garfield - James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Mentor, Ohio.
21. Chester A. Arthur - Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site, Fairfield, Vermont; Chester A. Arthur House, New York, New York.
22. Grover Cleveland - Grover Cleveland Birthplace, Caldwell, New Jersey.
23. Benjamin Harrison - Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Indianapolis, Indiana.
24. Grover Cleveland - Grover Cleveland Birthplace, Caldwell, New Jersey.
26. Theodore Roosevelt - Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Oyster Bay, New York; Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, New York City, New York; Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Buffalo, New York; Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora, North Dakota.
27. William Howard Taft - William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Cincinnati, Ohio.
29. Warren G. Harding - Harding Home, Marion, Ohio.
The final resting place of our U.S. President's is one final way we've found to honor their role and contributions. The burial locations chosen are varied. Some are on private property such as George Washington's Mount Vernon. Others are publicly owned such as Andrew Johnson's National Historic Site and National Cemetery, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, and many others.
Increasingly the trend has become to designate the burial site at the location of the Presidential library and museum. That tradition began with Rutherford B. Hayes, the progenitor of the first Presidential Library and Museum in 1916. Initially Hayes had been buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Fremont, Ohio, following his death in 1893. Later he was moved to a burial site at his family home near Spiegel Grove in 1915 that was very near the Presidential Museum that opened the following year.
The tradition of moving the burial site of Presidents is not uncommon. A similar treatment was given to Abraham Lincoln who was disinterred several times.
1. George Washington, Washington's Tomb at Mount Vernon Estate, Mt Vernon, VA.As has been shown, efforts to memorialize and remember our U.S. President's have varied greatly through the years. In coming years it is hoped and suspected that interest in efforts of this nature will only grow. Some day it would be a fitting tribute for most if not all U.S. President's to have a library and museum in their honor. Meanwhile, there are no shortage of Presidential sites to visit, all throughout the U.S.
2. John Adams, United First Parish Church, Quincy, MA.
3. Thomas Jefferson, Monticello Graveyard, Monticello, VA.
4. James Madison, Madison Family Cemetery, Montpelier, VA.
5. James Monroe, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.
6. John Quincy Adams, Congressional Cemetery, Quincy, MA.
7. Andrew Jackson, The Hermitage, Nashville, TN.
8. Martin Van Buren, Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, NY.
9. William Harrison, William Henry Harrison Tomb State Memorial, North Bend, OH.
10. John Tyler, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.
11. James Polk, Tennessee State Capitol Building and Grounds, Nashville, TN.
12. Zachary Taylor, Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, KY.
13. Millard Fillmore, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.
14. Franklin Pierce, Old North Cemetery, Concord, NH.
15. James Buchanan, Woodward Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, PA.
16. Abraham Lincoln, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL.
17. Andrew Johnson, Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and National Cemetery, Greeneville, TN.
18. Ulysses Grant, General Grant National Memorial, New York, NY.
19. Rutherford B. Hayes, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, OH.
20. James A. Garfield, Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, OH.
21. Chester Arthur, Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, NY.
22. Grover Cleveland, The Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ.
23. Benjamin Harrison, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN.
24. Grover Cleveland, The Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ.
25. William McKinley, McKinley National Memorial, Canton, OH.
26. Theodore Roosevelt, Youngs Memorial Cemetery, Oyster Bay, NY.
27. William H. Taft, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
28. Woodrow Wilson, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC.
29. Warren Harding, Harding Memorial Park, Marion, OH.
30. Calvin Coolidge, Notch Cemetery, Plymouth, VT.
31. Herbert Hoover, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, West Branch, IA.
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, NY.
33. Harry S. Truman, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Independence, MO.
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Eisenhower Presidential Center, Abilene, KS.
35. John F. Kennedy, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
36. Lyndon B. Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Stonewall, TX.
37. Richard M. Nixon, Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA.
38. Gerald R. Ford, Gerald R. Ford and Betty B. Ford Burial Site, Grand Rapids, MI.
39. Jimmy Carter, Living, (planned for near home in Plains, GA).
40. Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, CA.
41. George H.W. Bush, Living, (planned for Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, TX).
42. Bill Clinton, Living, (plans unknown).
43. George W. Bush, Living, (planned for Texas State Cemetery in Austin, TX)
44. Barack Obama, Living, (plans unknown).
Saturday, November 10, 2012
|Entrance to the Clinton Museum.|
|Map showing museum |
|View of bridge from inside of the Clinton Museum.|
|The stacks clearly dividing|
the museum floor.
|Putting People First themed display.|
|Panorama of the Oval Office in the Clinton Museum.|
|View from the Clinton Museum to downtown Little Rock.|
While visiting the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum I filled out a visitor survey form as I am frequently prone to do. Just a few weeks or so after visiting I received the following message. I've filled out hundreds of forms like this and never heard anything back. This was a really nice gesture by the folks with the Clinton Museum. So much so I thought it important to share as an example for others...
On Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 12:40 PM, Linda Leopoulos wrote:
Dear Isaac,Thank you for visiting the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum and for sharing your thoughts with us on a visitor card. It is always a pleasure to hear from our patrons after they have toured the museum, and it was especially nice reading your comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour and the time you spent viewing the accomplishments of the Clinton Presidency that were made by "Putting People First."The exhibits reveal a presidency of leadership and optimism for our country and for the international arena as well. Visitors often express renewed feelings of hope and inspiration after their tour. Since leaving our nation's capitol, President Clinton continues to work hard to improve the lives of millions of people in the areas of health, education, poverty, economic stability, and environmental protection. Website www.clintonfoundation.org expands on these important initiatives and on how we can all make a positive difference in the world around us.Thank you for your interest and desire to tell others about the Library. Current information on exhibits and events at the Clinton Center can be found on the Center's website www.clintonpresidentialcenter.
org throughout the year.Come back and see us!Linda H. LeopoulosVisitor Relations
Friday, November 2, 2012
- Find your statewide paper from the list below. Go to that page and press the "Subscribe" button beneath the headline on the right side of each page.
- For each paper you follow press the "Share" button also beneath the headline on the right side. You may choose to "Like" on Facebook, "Tweet" on Twitter, and/or "Share" on LinkedIn. Doing so will help to encourage other people in your network to also follow the same statewide paper.
- Embed the paper on your blog or website with the "Nomad Widget" or embed just the headlines with the "Headlines Widget." Both may be accessed by pressing the "Share" button and the respective tabs.
- Each paper has a "Discussion Corner" section where you can post your own comments.
- Have an organization, person, or project you want others to hear about? Tell us about it on Twitter @placepromo or Facebook.
Note that a maximum of 10 papers may be created per paper.li login. Users may login with an existing Twitter of Facebook account. For that reason we created multiple Twitter accounts that roughly correspond with different regions in the U.S. (Midwest, South, West, Northeast, etc.).
Please feel free to post your comments below about your reactions to this project, suggestions of sources to highlight in each of our statewide papers, etc. We'll do our best to incorporate your suggestions into future papers.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
- Having both Facebook and Twitter accounts is now essential. Today there is no excuse to not have both of these essential tools. The following SHPO’s have both Facebook and Twitter accounts that they actively promote on their website: Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming.
- Link your Facebook page and your Twitter account together. That way your Facebook posts will automatically appear on Twitter. Here is one how to guide. One benefit of having a Twitter feed is that whatever gets posted to Twitter can be picked up by news agglomerators that combine information you share along with other sources to create even more robust communication tools. For an example see Preservation Daily.
- Make links to your Facebook and Twitter accounts clearly visible on your website. Common practice is to put all of the social media tools in the upper right hand corner. The Ohio Historical Society has perhaps one of the best designed examples of this. Be mindful of the Twitter Trademark and Content Display Policy for how to use the Twitter logo.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
|A vision for mobility in Detroit, ca. 1935.|
Recent proposals for demolition of the State Savings Bank in Detroit, ignited a debate about parking downtown and the impact this has had on the quality of place . Melanie Markowicz, President of Preservation Detroit weighed in with the following op-ed piece in the Detroit Free Press.
|Detroit Traffic Survey showing the chipping away of buildings around the downtown core.|
|Early parking lot with vintage cars, ca. 1935.|