By Alex Gladu, Independent We Stand
The National Trust for Historic Preservation works year-round to protect places of cultural and historic significance, but during the month of May, the Trust will focus on places that matter to you – with a campaign called “This Place Matters.” “This Place Matters” is part of the Trust’s celebration of National Preservation Month, which lasts through of the entire month of May. Although the celebration will only last one month, the work of the campaign could help important landmarks last another lifetime.
As a privately funded non-profit organization, the National Trust for Historic Preservation advocates for the protection of landmarks across the country that are of national or local significance. In 2015, the Trust saved places like Nashville’s RCA Studio A, which was once frequented by such recording artists as Dolly Parton and Nancy Sinatra, and New Jersey’s Hinchliffe Stadium, which was home to the New York Black Yankees during the time of segregation. The Trust also oversees the National Main Street Center, which works to preserve and revive urban neighborhoods and the local businesses that occupy them.
Each May, Preservation Month presents an opportunity for communities and advocates to join the movement. Because preserving local landmarks keeps communities vibrant by showing the depth of their history and the culture that has developed over time. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has a long list of landmarks that it seeks to protect, including its 11 most endangered historic places, but this year its Preservation Month campaign gives participants across the country the opportunity to show off the places that matter to them.
As the name suggests, This Place Matters encourages participants to identify the important places that they care about. The Trust encourages the public to take a photo, featuring some This Place Matters swag, at a place that matters to them, and then share it on social media using #ThisPlaceMatters. Throughout the month, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will highlight participants’ submissions on its own social media channels, including Instagram and Twitter.
This Place Matters is about much more than posting a photo on social media. Rather, it encourages participants to think seriously about the places that make their community what it truly is, whether that’s home, a treasured weekend getaway or some other nostalgic symbol. Once the places that matter are on your mind, it’s time to get to work protecting them. For more information about the National Trust for Historic Preservation, or to get involved, visit www.savingplaces.org.
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