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JANUARY 4, 2013

FREE! Your copy of Preserving African American Historic Places

To help local advocates preserve African American historic sites, especially those individuals new to preservation, National Trust has published a basic primer, Preserving African American Historic Places. This 24-page publication, co-authored by Brent Leggs, Kerri Rubman and Byrd Wood, introduces the world of historic preservation and explains some of the key players and procedures that make preservation happen. It presents an overview of traditional preservation networks and their roles, offers tips on how to get preservation underway in your community, and looks at the various legal and financial tools that help protect historic properties. There are a variety of approaches to preserving historic places and each one requires different levels of expertise, resources, and commitment. Because there is no one-size-fits-all method, this booklet includes six case studies to illustrate various strategies for preserving and honoring historic places associated with African American history.

To obtain a copy send an e-mail to or get the PDF here.

Looking Back and Ahead for Preservation Wins in 2013

chavez 4854.jpgIt’s a new year and time to refuel our preservation energies to continue protecting places that tell the stories of our past. Sometimes it takes just a little nudge, by way of preservation success stories or by taking a good look ahead, to lead us to big wins! Whether your preservation project is large or small, get a recap of 2012’s biggest preservation wins and losses, as presented by Curbed, for inspiration and to help tackle your preservation goals for 2013. You’ll see several sites familiar to DSP Connections on the WIN list — César E. Chávez National Monument, Chimney Rock, Emerson School and The Howard Theatre. You can also turn to the National Trust’s Forum office for juicy predictions of what preservationists will be focusing on in the coming year. You can follow these trends in the weekly Preservation Leadership blog, the Forum Journal, Forum Focus white papers, training programs, and conference sessions.

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The Diversity Scholarship Program is partially supported through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of the Interior, National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Views and conclusions in this material are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the US Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the US Government.