• Act Now to Protect Minidoka National Historic Site

    August 5, 2022

    Block 22 at Minidoka National Historic Site, Jerome, Idaho

    photo by: Stan Honda/National Park Service

    Minidoka National Historic Site in Jerome, Idaho, is a site of conscience where 13,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II.

    In 1942, the U.S. government violated the constitutional rights of 13,000 Japanese Americans when it forcibly removed them from Western U.S. states to remote south-central Idaho. Living in harsh and cramped conditions, surrounded by barbed wire, and guarded by military police, families attempted to lead daily lives that were as normal as possible.

    Minidoka’s sweeping vistas and distant mountains continue to convey the isolation and remoteness that Japanese Americans experienced there. However, a wind project has been proposed next to Minidoka National Historic Site, potentially placing wind turbines within the historic footprint of the Minidoka camp.

    If constructed as currently planned, the project could irrevocably change Minidoka’s landscape, potentially creating a visual wall of hundreds of wind towers, each taller than the Seattle Space Needle, with blades exceeding the wingspan of a Boeing 747. For this reason, Minidoka was listed on the National Trust’s America's 11 Most Endangered Places in 2022.

    Public advocacy by supporters like you can make a difference, and Minidoka needs your voice now more than ever.

    Sign your name to join the National Trust, Friends of Minidoka, and other partners in urging the Bureau of Land Management to suspend its review of the proposed Lava Ridge Wind Project and instead engage in a public process to revise the Monument Resource Management Plan, in order to protect Minidoka and provide a more holistic approach to manage federal lands.

  • National Trust and Partners Celebrate Major Victory at Rassawek

    March 16, 2022

    As a final step in a massive four-year preservation and legal battle to protect Native American sacred ground, the James River Water Authority (JRWA) has voted to choose an alternate site for its water supply project, protecting the sanctity of Rassawek, the historic capital of the Monacan Indian Nation and an important ancestral burying ground.

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation has been one of the key advocates in the struggle to save Rassawek, participating in federal review processes and advocacy campaigns to preserve this historic site, as well as placing Rassawek on the 2020 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

    After a hard-fought legal battle and massive public response in support of saving Rassawek, the JRWA changed course and worked with the Monacan Indian Nation to study a potential alternative site for the pumping station, and on March 16, they voted to move the plant to an alternate location. They also have agreed to facilitate transfer of the JRWA’s parcel at Rassawek to the Monacan Tribe.

    This marks a victory for the Monacan people and for all Tribal Nations striving to protect their sacred lands, and we support the precedent that the JRWA has set in working with the Monacan leadership to make this important decision.

    In moments like this, we celebrate who we were in the past, who we are today, and who we hope to become in the future. Congratulations to the Monacan Indian Nation and our preservation partners in Virginia for helping to protect and tell the full American story.

  • New Bill Would Establish Emmett Till, Mamie Till-Mobley and Roberts Temple National Historic Site

    March 24, 2021

    This month, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced legislation (S. 795) that would establish Chicago’s Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ as a national historic site in the National Park System. Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) joined as original cosponsors. Civil rights activist Mamie Till Mobley was a member of Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ, which was the location of the historic funeral of her 14-year-old son who was brutally murdered in August 1955 during a visit to Money, Mississippi for offending a white woman in a country store. The death of Till and his subsequent open-casket funeral, attended by tens of thousands of people, became a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

    The National Trust placed Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ on its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list in 2020 and has provided grants and technical assistance to restore and preserve the site. The Trust will continue our work at this historic location in partnership with members of the Till and Roberts families, The Emmett Till Interpretive Center, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Latham & Watkins LLP pro bono program, and other interests committed to the longevity of this historic landmark.

  • Endangered Sites of Diversity Webinar Series

    January 5, 2021

    A special series in partnership with the California Preservation Foundation, three programs throughout the month of January highlighting California's most endangered historic sites associated with California's diverse heritage.

    • Part 1: LGBTQ History: Lyon Martin House, San Francisco | 1/19 - 12-1 PM PST
    • Part 2: Immigrant History: Harada House, Riverside | 1/26 - 12 - 1 PM PST
    • Part 3: Native American Heritage: West Berkeley Shellmound, Berkeley | 2/2 - 12-1:00 PM PST

    CPF’s Diversity Series with the National Trust for Historic Preservation highlights endangered California sites, two of which are currently named on the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list. Since 1988, the annual list publishes information about the imminent threats facing the nation’s greatest treasures. The 2020 list includes a diverse mix of historic places nationwide featuring many of the cultures, stories, and experiences that help tell the full American story. Dozens of sites have been saved through the work of the National Trust, its partners, and local preservationists across the country. This series focuses on three significant California places: the Lyon Martin House in San Francisco, the home of a pioneering lesbian couple, the Harada House in Riverside, the center of a landmark case regarding property ownership by a Japanese family, and the West Berkeley Ohlone Shellmound and Historic Village Site in Berkeley, one of the earliest known Ohlone settlements on the shores of San Francisco Bay, with a village dating back 5,700 years. All three sites are in immediate danger of demolition from development or disrepair.

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The National Trust's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund has awarded $3 million in grants to 33 places preserving Black history.

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