31 Ways to Celebrate Preservation Month
We spend all year advocating for places that matter. During Preservation Month, we flex our preservationist muscles and set aside time to celebrate and explore historic places in innovative ways. This May, the National Trust needs your help. Complete the items on the action list below, and let us know when you do by tagging #ThisPlaceMatters. We can’t wait to see what you accomplish!
Note: This Place Matters is a campaign that the National Trust started in 2009, before Black Lives Matter had come into being as a movement. Out of respect for Black Lives Matter and the important message behind it, we retired the campaign in June 2020. We encourage National Trust supporters to instead celebrate places that are important to them using the hashtags #SavingPlaces or #TellTheFullStory.
Tell a friend #ThisPlaceMatters.
Be the first to know.
Text ELEVEN to 52886 to sign up for text alerts from the National Trust, so you can be among the first to know which places are on 2019’s America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List—the list drops on May 30! (Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to quit.)
Eat somewhere new in someplace old.
There are thousands of historic buildings that find new life as restaurants. Today’s challenge: Find a new restaurant in an old building, then take yourself out to lunch.
Help us #TellTheFullHistory.
Get inspired by Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Aldis Hodge, Marcus Scribner, and Phylicia Rashad—African American artists and activists— as they tell us about the historic places that matter to them. Then, #TellTheFullHistory and share stories of historic buildings that contribute to the diversity of our nation.
Discover preservation in cities.
Get the latest news on preservation in cities. Start with this webinar from Preservation Leadership Forum on opportunity zones and their effect on the preservation community.
Tell the world.
Share your photos of historic places. We love to see passionate preservationists and place-lovers Instagramming gorgeous old buildings in our neighborhood, so don’t forget to use #ThisPlaceMatters!
Hit the streets.
And while you’re representing the #ThisPlaceMatters movement, take your This Place Matters swag out on the town.
Take action for historic places.
Subscribe to our Spotify channel.
Did you know we have preservation playlists? Make your ears happy with music connected to San Francisco, road trips to historic places, and the preservation movement by subscribing to our channel on Spotify.
Join the conversation with other preservationists on Forum Connect. Get started with a guide to becoming a professional historic preservationist or a thread on zoning, segregation, and preservation—or create your own!
We love showing off the rockstars who work to put preservation first in their businesses, organizations, and communities. Get inspired by our 2018 National Preservation Award winners, from a 1.5-million-square-foot mixed-use “vertical urban village” to a converted school that now serves affordable apartments.
Stay in historic accommodations.
When travelling, book a historic hotel to find beautiful accommodations surrounded by the past. Or, have a meal or a cocktail at a hotel closer to home to get the change of scenery you want without breaking the bank.
Plan a road trip.
Last year, we took the road trip of a lifetime. Read about our efforts to preserve Route 66 and about the places we visited. Then, start planning your own!
Explore new opportunities.
Get involved! Volunteer for a local preservation organization or, if you’re thinking of starting a career in preservation, check out these job openings in the field.
Explore a historic place.
Contribute to the National Register.
Help protect your community by identifying a nominee to the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a great way to let your neighborhood know that this place matters!
Discover your house's history.
Do you live in a historic building? Find out how you can learn more about the history of your house!
Get hands-on preservation experience.
Get involved with hands-on preservation in your community. You can start by reading about our ongoing work at HOPE Crew (Hands-On Preservation Experience). Then, find your own opportunities to get out in the field!
Find your park.
Did you know there are 419 National Park Service units in the United States? We’re sure there’s at least one near you, so get out there and visit it! Then, you can help fix our parks by signing our pledge to support allocating funding to the $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog our parks face today.
Meet your dream home.
By this point, we’re pretty sure you love old homes … maybe enough to buy one someday? Meet your next home—or at least dream about it for now—in our weekly Preservation Personals series.
Plan preservation events.
Find a National Treasure.
From a decisive win for Virginia's James River to the recent success at the Delta Queen steamboat, our diverse portfolio of National Treasures (nationally significant places where the National Trust is taking direct action) has never been stronger. Learn more about old places that define us as a nation by checking out the complete collection.
Read the latest issue.
Tell legislators #ThisPlaceMatters.
Contact your elected officials to make sure they're prioritizing the preservation issues you care about. You can get started with our fill-in-the-blank form letter.
Celebrate the Bauhaus movement.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus—a school started in Weimar, Germany, that moved to the U.S. in the 20th century and influenced so much of the Modern architecture we see today—by reading this brief history of the movement.
Encourage the next generation.
Add to your reading list.
Make a monthly gift and help us save places all year long.
Take a quiz.
Now take a break from the heavy lifting—take one of our quizzes to test your preservation smarts (or find your preservation personality). You can learn which architect you most relate to; find the perfect Historic Hotel for your next vacation; and discover how much you really know about architecture (and many more!)
Say "cheers" to Preservation Month!
Phew! You did it. Raise a glass to preservation at your local historic bar.