8 Last-Minute Holiday Gifts Inspired by "The Past and Future City"
The Past and Future City by National Trust President Stephanie Meeks, which was released in 2016, has received positive reviews from the preservation community and civic leaders. And while we feel it is, itself, an excellent last-minute holiday gift, we've pulled together a collection of pop culture items referenced in the book that might also serve your late-in-the-season, preservation-themed gift giving needs—plus one bonus gift Meeks has referenced since her book's release.
This soft reboot of the franchise brings together the old gang to save their original and historic theater, while also introducing us to a few new characters like Walter and the ever-game Jason Segel as one of the lead humans.
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Speaking of Jason Segel, he's also one of the leads on this long-running CBS sitcom that tackled the topic of preservation in New York City during one of its middle seasons. While not always accurate, the season six plot helped bring to light some issues that local preservationists face when battling large corporations.
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The legendary book is name-checked on page 125 of The Past and Future City when Meeks discusses the preservation of Denver's Larimer Square.
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What better way to introduce a chapter on our work in cities than to also create an earworm that you just won't be able to shake?
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This book is the first-person account of the long, involved process of creating New York City's High Line.
Fox Theaters were erected across the country and many have been restored or reused for other purposes. This figurine represents them all, but the Oakland Theater is discussed in detail, along with other similar movie houses, starting on page 140.
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Early in the introduction, Meeks quotes Steinbeck—"How will we know it's us without our past?"—when discussing the trauma of losing one's place in the world.
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While Hidden Figures hadn't been released at the time The Past and Future City was written, Meeks has referenced the movie in her 2017 speech that introduced the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. Meeks explains that, for the preservation movement to continue its success, we must seek out and uplift the "hidden figures" in American history.
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By purchasing any of these products using the links on this page, you'll be supporting the National Trust as a small portion of the sales comes back to us to benefit our work. Looking for other ways to help save places? Consider giving a gift membership to the place-lover in your life.