March 9, 2016

9 Nifty Preservation Stories You Missed in 2015 (But Should Read Now)

  • By: Julia Rocchi

Here at Saving Places, we produce roughly ten to twelve stories each week about many aspects of preservation, from architecture to activism, landscapes to landmarks, historic bars to heart bombs. Those of us on the editorial team certainly can’t pick our favorites; it would be like a parent putting one child ahead of another. Rather, it’s you, dear reader, who have all the power when it comes to your preferred stories—and your clicks speak loudly.

So imagine our surprise in recent months when some of the stories we thought would be instant favorites landed with barely a plink on the digital table. Wherefore art thine love, dear readers? Did you miss these stories in your melee of feeds? Were our headlines blah? Did the photos not load? Were you too busy saving a place?

Whatever the case, we’re asking you to give nine of these stories a second look. They’re filled with drama, intrigue, adventure, humor, romance…ok, maybe not romance, unless you're counting a deep passion for historic places (which we know you possess). We promise, you’ll be glad you did.

Manhattan Project in Los Alamos: Gadget atop the test tower, Base Camp, and Site 'B'

photo by: Atomic Heritage Foundation

Trinity Test, Gadget, Spies: What’s True in Season 2 of "Manhattan"?

Published: December 18, 2015

Why read it now?

Don’t worry if you don’t watch the TV show "Manhattan." We are reasonably confident you’ve heard about the nuclear bombs tests at Los Alamos during World War II, and we are even more confident that truth—in this case, anyway—is indeed stranger than fiction. Get the full story (and see some baller historical photos).

Casey and Jason at the beach

photo by: Jason Clement and Casey Milbrand

Go Behind the Scenes of a Preservation-Themed "House Hunters Renovation"

Published: November 30, 2015

Why read it now?

Let’s be real: HGTV is addictive. You know what makes it extra-addictive? Recognizing people you know on the screen. Experience the thrill of insider knowledge and hear directly from National Trust staffer Jason Clement about the wild ride that was his stint on "House Hunters Renovation." Then, the next time you catch it in reruns, you can squeal and take photos of the screen to share with us.

Beadle postcard of Ferguson's

photo by: Modern Phoenix LLC

Al Beadle: An Under-the Radar Midcentury Modernist in Phoenix

Published: September 18, 2015

Why read it now?

We get that modern architecture is polarizing. But love it or hate it, it is pretty fascinating to look at. Case in point? Check out the subtle genius of Beadle’s use of grids...

Honor Roll at Minidoka

photo by: War Relocation Authority, Wikimedia Commons

Finding a Place to Reconcile a Painful Past: Explore Three More Sites of Conscience

Published: September 29, 2015

Why read it now?

Sure, it’s easier to read (and write) about cheery topics, but they don’t always carry the same heft and importance of places that display and commemorate the past’s tougher part. When you read this story, you’ll deepen your own understanding of history.

Long Island Cityscape

photo by: Thomas Hawk, Flickr

Discover the History of NYC’s Meatpacking District In 24 Hours

Published: July 27, 2015

Discover the History of Brooklyn’s Fort Greene In 24 Hours

Published: October 6, 2015

Get to Know Queens’ Long Island City in 24 Hours

Published: November 25, 2015

Why read them now?

New York City is an enormous metropolis with five boroughs and more history than you can shake a stick at. But our colleague Jeana Wiser not only shook that stick on your behalf, she created three compelling, detailed, and easy walking tours that you can follow at your own pace. With her guides in hand, you can’t help but go exploring. (Bonus: a travel itinerary for Bronx's Grand Concourse!)

Kids in the hall

photo by: Nico Marques/Photekt

L.A.'s Larchmont Charter High School

Published: October 19, 2015

Why read it now?

You didn’t want to relive bad high school memories, did you? We don’t blame you. But if you had the chance to do it all again in a setting as ultra-cool as Larchmont Charter High School, we bet you’d take it. Check out the imaginative transformation from insurance company to hub of learning.

Adina De Zavala standing outside the Spanish Governor's Palace

photo by: San Antonio Light Photograph Collection/UTSA Special Collections/ITC

The Woman Who Made Sure We Remembered the Alamo

Published: December 14, 2015

Why read it now?

The Alamo is both cited and misunderstood in equal measure. In fact, we bet our shoes that you don’t know the real reason it gained its prominent position in the American psyche: because a woman named Adina De Zavala “barricaded herself in a room in the cold, rat-infested building to protest and protect it.” Yep. Now go read the whole thing.

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.


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