Content Categorized ‘preservation’

Heartwarming heritage news roundup

Posted on February 1, 2011 under museums, preservation

I don’t know enough about Egyptian politics to comment intelligently, but I have been keeping my eye on the welfare of  museums and cultural heritage during this uprising.  And the news has been generally good. In Alexandria, the library was protected by groups of organized youth, as the director of the Biblioteca Alexandrina, Ismail Serageldin, said in two recent […]

Mayday for Tennessee Museums

Posted on May 6, 2010 under community, libraries, preservation | 1 Comment

Disaster preparedness is necessary for cultural institutions.  When the waters rise, or the fire breaks out, does your museum know what to save first?  Who to call for conservation help?  May 1 is the international day of cultural heritage disaster preparedness awareness (I’m sure someone has developed a catchier title), and this year it coincided […]


Posted on September 21, 2009 under advocacy, preservation

We’ve had some sad preservation stories recently here in southeast Michigan, with a few bright spots nationally. Old Tiger Stadium (near my house in Detroit) is now almost totally down, and folks are gathering pieces as mementoes. The Lafayette Building in downtown Detroit is being readied for demolition. The Michigan State Fair, the country’s oldest, […]


Posted on August 27, 2009 under preservation | 1 Comment

This week, a blow for preservationists in Orange County, VA. The county board has approved Walmart’s plans to build a store on the outskirts of Wilderness battlefield, which will radically change the character of the historic site.  Local historians have been fighting the store, but aren’t surprised by the decision.  There is some possibility, however, […]

Museum gifts

Posted on December 26, 2008 under museums, preservation

Does a spirit of generosity dwell within you every day of the year?  Or are some pecuniary gifts suddenly burning a hole in your pocket? (“Mom, I want to donate my Christmas money to the county historical society!”)  Do you want to give some donations before the year runs out?  Did you forget to get […]

Blogging museum advocacy

Posted on August 21, 2008 under advocacy, museums, politics, preservation | 1 Comment

Among AAM’s projects is museum advocacy on a national level.  Recently, they sent Tammis K. Groft, deputy director of collections and exhibits at the Albany Institute of History and Art, to Washington as a “citizen-lobbyist” to speak to a committee about the importance of NEH Preservation and Access Grants.   She wrote a few blog […]

Saving a historic library

Posted on March 27, 2008 under libraries, me, preservation

I’m decamping for the city of the straits this weekend, and may or may not do things of historical interest.  So, to tide you over, here’s historic preservation news: resources on the 1953 Marcel Breuer-designed Grosse Pointe Central Library, which was slated for demolition but now seems to be saved, with a renovation in the works.  This is […]

Ghosts of Mpls

Posted on January 30, 2008 under minnesota, preservation, public history | 1 Comment

An interesting way to get folks to your house museum:  look for ghosts. The John H. Stevens House, “the birthplace of Minneapolis,” a historic house museum near Minnehaha Falls, is holding three ghosthunting seminars this spring, starting March 2.  “Stevens House is your “laboratory” as you learn how to detect the presence of  paranormal activity […]

Historic preservation 2.0

Posted on January 16, 2008 under preservation, public history

Quick, how do you keep the South Carolina highway board from demolishing the 150 year old house built by your great-great-grandfather?  Get your petition linked on Boingboing, that’s how. There’s an interesting comment stream about class and access to a digital soapbox:  what about folks whose houses might be razed but don’t have lots of […]