• The Preservation Budget: Select Preservation Priorities for FY 2024 Appropriations

    March 23, 2023

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to release “The Preservation Budget: Select Preservation Priorities for FY 2024 Appropriations.” This report is designed to assist congressional staff and our preservation partners in appreciating—and advocating for—key federal programs that protect our nation’s legacy of historic resources and benefit all Americans.

  • Support a Local Preservation Effort to Save the Luther Hotel in Palacios, Texas

    March 13, 2023

    One of the last original seaside hotels along the Gulf Coast is under threat of demolition, and local preservationists are working together to save it.

    The Luther Hotel, which Preservation Texas listed on its 2022 Most Endangered Places list, was built in 1903 and designed by noted regional architect Jules C. Leffland. Listed on both the National Register and as a Texas Historic Landmark, the hotel is currently under contract to be sold, with the agreement stating that the property must be demolished. Advocates for preserving it want to see the hotel saved and restored so that it can help "interpret the early history of Palacios" and continue to contribute to the city's economy.

    As reported in the Victoria Advocate in late January 2023, National Trust for Historic Preservation Deputy General Counsel Elizabeth Merritt and Associate General Counsel Chris Cody wrote in a letter dated Jan. 19 to the Ed Rachal Foundation (the nonprofit that has a pending contract for the land the Luther Hotel sits on), “We write to you today to strongly urge you to explore alternatives to the demolition of this important historic place. The Luther Hotel is an irreplaceable historic resource that is a significant icon of the Palacios community. Its importance to the community and the public at large is evidenced, for example, by Preservation Texas including it on their 2022 Most Endangered Places list.”

    To sign your name in support of the Luther Hotel's protection, please visit the Palacios Preservation Committee's Change.org petition.

    This article was edited on March 15, 2023.

  • Multiple Bills Introduced in Honor of Black History Month

    March 1, 2023

    A swath of legislation was introduced in February to promote Black history in honor of Black History Month. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced the Springfield Race Riot National Monument Act (S. 384), which would designate the 1908 Springfield Race Riots site as a national monument.

    The area near Madison Street and the 10th Street Rail Corridor in Springfield, Illinois, includes structural remains of Black-owned homes burned during the 1908 race riots. Over two days during these riots, the community experienced the shooting deaths and lynching of African Americans, as well as significant destruction of property. The riots also catalyzed civil rights activists to launch meetings that led to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

    The National Trust endorsed multiple iterations of the legislation and engaged in several Hill meetings over the years, supporting the preservation and permanent protection of this significant site. Most recently, the National Trust supported the preservation of the site in comments to the National Park Service during the public comment period for the special resource study related to this legislation.

    Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) reintroduced the African American History Act (S. 233 / H.R. 765). This legislation would provide important resources to help educate the American public about the richness and complexity of African American history and the impacts of racism, white supremacy, and the struggle for justice on the fabric of America.

    It would invest $10 million over five years in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to support African American history education programs. The bill has nine cosponsors in the Senate and 113 in the House.

    Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and Representative Kweisi Mfume (D-MD) introduced the National Council on African American History and Culture Act of 2023 (S. 215 / H.R. 727). This legislation would create a 12-person National Council on African American History and Culture to advise the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) on how they can best amplify the work of Black creators, strengthen teaching and learning in schools to ensure Black history and culture is recognized, and provide critical resources dedicated to preserving Black history.

    The council would monitor the work of museums and organizations and make national policy recommendations to foster and promote the understanding and preservation of African American history. The bill has 53 cosponsors in the House.

  • National Trust Pushes Back on New York State About Penn Station Improvement Project

    February 22, 2023

    Earlier in 2022, the National Trust wrote in opposition to New York State’s Pennsylvania Station Area Civic and Land Use Improvement Project—an effort to demolish eight National Register-eligible buildings and build 10 towers totaling over 18 million square feet.

    While we and our partners, New York Landmarks Conservancy and Preservation League of New York State, agree that Penn Station needs major improvements, we disagree with New York State designating the surrounding area as “blighted.” With numerous irreplaceable historic resources and significant commercial and business activity, the area is not blighted by any reasonable definition, and we continue to urge better, more thoughtful solutions that combine historic rehabilitation and possibly new construction.

    The amicus brief was filed on February 21, 2023. It can be downloaded with full citations here.

  • National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week Returns March 6-8

    January 25, 2023

    Registration is now open for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week! The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers and Preservation Action are busy organizing the first in-person preservation advocacy week in three years. Join preservation colleagues March 6-8, 2023, in Washington, D.C., for in-depth preservation policy trainings and briefings, exclusive tours, networking opportunities, and congressional office visits, allowing you to meet with your members of Congress and their staff directly!

    Save the Date! Historic Preservation Advocacy Priorities in the 118th Congress, February 23 at 3 PM ET

    Join National Trust for Historic Preservation staff, policy experts, and preservation colleagues as we discuss advocacy priorities and strategies for the 118th Congress. Hear about the legislative dynamics of the newly divided Congress and learn what challenges and opportunities are ahead. Panelists will describe efforts to fund and reauthorize the Historic Preservation Fund, strategies to enhance the Historic Tax Credit, and key opportunities to protect diverse historic places. Register today.

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