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San Antonio's Humble Oil Building is Anything But Humble
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More than 8,000 votes were cast in our first annual This Place Matters photo contest, with Audrey Johnson’s portrait of the abandoned Humble Oil Building in San Antonio capturing first prize.  Local citizens used the contest as a rallying cry to raise awareness about the empty landmark, and the former filling station has now become a local cause célèbre.   And while Ms. Johnson won a new camera, the Humble may have won a new lease on life -- as locals hope the publicity from the contest will identify a preservation-minded buyer for the building.

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Help for Homeowners

Homeowners are on the frontlines of preservation.   So the National Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to offer a new section on PreservationNation designed just for owners of older and historic homes.   Made possible by the generous support of Valspar Paints, our new section features homes for sale, interviews with homeowners and our new Weatherization Guide to help you get ready for winter.
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There's No Place Like Lyndhurst

Each Fall, Lyndhurst, a National Trust Historic Site, hosts their annual "Scarecrow Invasion," where local students craft scarecrows representing famous artists and historical figures, on the lawn of the estate in Tarrytown, NY. Students receive educational tours of the mansion and continue the experience back in the classroom by researching the inspiration for their creations in history class.  From modest beginnings five years ago, the invasion has grown to seven participating schools and close to 700 scarecrows – with individual scarecrows running the gamut from scholarly to spectacular to (of course) spooky.
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Vintage Virtual Roadtrip
Clown Hotel

Summer vacation seem like forever ago?  Having trouble facing work with the holiday break so far away?  Well, take a minute or two away from your day-to-day chores and take a great roadtrip without leaving your desk.  Join National Trust members Kelly Burg and Jeff Kunkle on their recent road trip to and from our National Preservation Conference in Nashville, Tenn., where they blogged daily along their 4,800+ mile journey from Portland--and back!  And just like on a real vacation, you can come home with a souvenir – one of Jeff and Kelly’s signature t-shirts commemorating great roadside architecture from days gone by, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the National Trust.
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