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OCTOBER 2, 2012

DSP Connections Returns!

After a five-month hiatus, the Diversity Scholarship Program newsletter Connections will return to your inbox on October 5. Look for the newsletter on the first Friday of every month and get lively and up-to-date information on happenings at the National Trust and in the broader preservation community. You will also notice a slight change in the newsletter’s design that includes the National Trust’s new logo to promote our slogan Save the past. Enrich the future. The updated design also features interactive buttons that link you to various National Trust resources with just one click. Upcoming issues will also include information and progress reports on the many places the National Trust is taking direct action to save through its new National Treasures campaign.

We want to hear from you! Tell us about the projects you are working on and topic ideas that you would like to see in future e-newsletters. In the meantime, this edition offers a peek at what’s to come in the new and improved Connections!

It’s Official: Chimney Rock Named a National Monument

PlaceholderPresident Obama has designated Chimney Rock Archaeological Area in Colorado the nation’s newest national monument, providing this important cultural site with permanent protection. Chimney Rock’s national monument designation is the result of a coordinated effort led by the National Trust and supported by its allies and advocates to protect this special place. Located on 4,726-acres of the San Juan National Forest, Chimney Rock is of great spiritual significance to over 20 Pueblos and other tribes of the Southwest. The site had been threatened with insufficient protection and inadequate financial resources. Now, thanks to the national monument designation, Chimney Rock is permanently protected for the benefit of current and future generations. Please join us in thanking Mr. Obama for his visionary decision to protect part of our nation’s irreplaceable heritage.

African American Heritage and Stewardship of the Ocean

Alison Rose Jefferson (DSP 2005 and 2006) is in the preservation spotlight once again. This time recognition is for her work to preserve and protect a beloved African American historic beach site and the environment in California. Her research has been instrumental in publicizing the clean-up efforts by Heal the Bay, the Santa Monica Conservancy, the California Historical Society, and other local organizations, of the historic African American Bay Street Beach sometimes referred to as the “Inkwell.” History suggests the term "Inkwell" was probably first used by Anglo Americans as a derogatory reference to the "blackness" of beach-goers' skin color at leisure sites associated with African Americans around the U.S. during the Jim Crow era. The Bay Street beach site was a popular hangout for African Americans in the County of Los Angeles from the 1920s to the early 1960s, long after racial restrictions attempts on public beaches were invalidated in 1927.

Alison is also a featured historian in
White Wash, a documentary film by Ted Woods that explores the complexity of race in America through a provocative view of African Americans, aquatics, surfers, and the romanticized beach culture. The film includes discussions of cultural resource sites in Santa Monica and Southern California that she has researched.

For additional information about Alison Rose Jefferson’s work, visit

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