September 24, 2013

Toolkit Roundup: The "Saving Places" Edition

With more than a year's worth of toolkits under our belts, we thought it was time to bring back some of the old favorites in case you missed them, lost them, or just wanted to refresh your memory.

This week's edition focuses on all the tips and techniques for getting started in preservation -- from basic definitions to recommended reading to getting your family and community excited about saving places. Let's jump in!

10 Steps to Start Saving Places

This toolkit (see the slideshow at the top of the post) is the mother of them all: Saving Places 101. If you want to protect a place near and dear to your heart, but aren’t sure where to begin, then start here. It provides a solid framework for turning your concern for a historic spot into meaningful, lasting action.


10 Common Preservation Terms Defined

As you delve into preservation projects, you might find you need a little clarification on common -- and seemingly interchangeable -- preservation terms. We’ve pulled together 10 of the big ones for you here.

The Essential Preservation Reading List

Feeling a bit more academic? Delve into the world of historic preservation with these recommended titles.

Build Your National Register Knowledge

The National Register is an important and useful tool in preservation, and having a property included on it signifies to the nation that a place is worth preserving. This toolkit answers 10 frequently asked questions about the National Register of Historic Places. Or, quiz yourself and see how much you already know! (See also: The Devil's Advocate Guide to National Register Listing)

10 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Preservation

Passion for places can begin at a young age -- and the more we share history with the next generation, the more likely we are to ignite their enthusiasm for the topic. Here are 10 things to do with kids in the classroom or at home to spark a lifelong commitment to saving places that matter.

10 Tips for Introducing the Public to Preservation

In this toolkit, local preservationist Dana Saylor offers her top tips for sharing the concept of preservation with the public and engaging them in the cause. This is preservation in action, folks -- definitely worth a read.

10 Tips for Organizing a Community Tour

Once your community is primed for preservation, dip your toe in the event waters and put together a community tour to reveal the special history in your area. This toolkit shows you how to go about it.

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Julia Rocchi is the director of content marketing at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and gawks at buildings.


This Preservation Month, let's celebrate and explore historic places, starting with one action a day through the month of May. We can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

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