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October 31 2014

National Trust FEature

Annapolis named National Treasure.

National Trust for Historic Preservation. October 23, 2014: On Thursday, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks and the City of Annapolis officially announced Annapolis as a National Treasure. About 40 people gathered at the Susan B. Campbell Park at the end of City Dock for the announcement.

Fittingly for a treasure chosen to highlight the impacts of changing weather patterns on historic resources, as one walked or drove to the park and passed the harbor master’s building, a sign out front cautioned “High Water” following the previous day’s storm.

Speaker of the House Mike Busch, Mayor Mike Pantiledes, Senator John Astle, and Chief of Historic Preservation / MainStreets Annapolis Partnership Director Lisa Craig joined Stephanie Meeks in making remarks. Stephanie also made a check presentation to the MainStreets Annapolis Partnership for the $5,000 grant they received to help with the public engagement portion of the City’s hazard mitigation planning.

National Trust Advisors Louise Lake-Hayman and Grant Dehart attended, as well as members of the City’s Hazard Mitigation Planning Team, media outlets, National Trust staff, city leaders, and residents. We hope that through this Treasure we can raise national awareness of the threats posed to cultural resources by climate change and also hold Annapolis up as a model for other communities on how to integrate cultural resources into hazard mitigation planning. Learn more >

Retrofits + Reuse

Industrial sites of old can be the cities of the future.

Lorraine Farrelly | The Conversation. September 1, 2014: Brownfield regeneration, or the retrofit and reuse of contaminated industrial sites, is becoming a popular option among developers around the world looking for land in or near urban centers. From Amsterdam to Australia, older industrial buildings are providing the flexibility that encourages new business and the relative inexpense desired by arts communities, all while strengthening the case for historic character as a marketing commodity. Learn more >

Climate Change: Mitigation

What you need to know about the next big climate report.

John Light | Grist. October 29, 2014: The onslaught of dire reports about our future climate is seemingly endless. The future impacts of our increasingly severe weather are 'pervasive and irreversible' - so what difference could a new climate report make? The severity of the previous reports have left some wondering if we can make any meaningful progress and an upcoming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change wants to drive home just how much we can still do to decrease the impacts of climate change and correct the course. Learn more >

Sustainable PReservation

Why Do Old Places Matter? Sustainability.

Tom Mayes | PreservationNation. October 30, 2014: The National Trust's own Tom Mayes won a 2013 Rome Prize in Historic Preservation from the American Academy in Rome and is completing a series of essays about his experiences and research into why old places matter. In this latest post, he explores why old places matter to the sustainability of our towns, communities, and planet. Learn more >

For Fun

Preserving KC's historic buildings any way they can.

Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian | The Kansas City Star. October 31, 2014: Historic Kansas City, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, recognizes about three dozen local preservationists for their contributions to saving Kansas City's older buildings from the traditional to the extraordinary. Their goal? Proving that being a preservationist is a label many in the city share - whether they know it or not. Learn more >

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