Architectural Digest Asks: "Will Historic Preservation Survive COVID-19?"

June 19, 2020

Interior of Belle Grove Plantation

photo by: Ron Blunt

The Belle Grove estate near Middletown, Virginia, is a National Trust Historic Site that offered virtual tours in May.

A June 2020 article in Architectural Digest asks the timely and critical question, "Will historic preservation survive COVID-19?"

Published on June 19, 2020, and written by Dante A. Ciampaglia, the article profiles a number of preservation organizations, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, who "have moved quickly to innovate ways to stay connected with devoted audiences, create a new cohort of allies, and continue their advocacy.

As quoted in the article, Katherine Malone-France, the National Trust's chief preservation officer, says, "“We’ve opened up, tremendously, ways in which people experience historic places digitally in the past eight weeks, and I think that’s here to stay. This wave of digital creativity is going to have long-term benefits for all aspects of the way we think about heritage and place-based tourism."

Read the full story to learn more about how the National Trust and other regional, statewide, and local organizations are addressing the challenges of COVID-19.

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