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March 30, 2020

Sacred Places: A Virtual Tour Through Four National Trust Historic Sites

All National Trust Historic Sites are open! We encourage you to check directly with each site for up-to-date information on available activities, ticketing, and guidelines if you are planning a visit.

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In this, the first of a seven-part “virtual tour” of our historic sites, I’ll be taking you on a journey to the sacred and religious sites among the portfolio—four places that represent the history of southwestern Pueblos (Acoma Sky City), post-colonial-era African Americans (two sites of the Museum of African American History), and early Jewish residents of Newport, Rhode Island (Touro Synagogue).

As a nation, our defining characteristics include religious tolerance, and at a time when people are shut out from their houses of worship, instead streaming religious ceremonies online, we hope this virtual tour is a reminder not only that we live in a country with rich history and diverse faiths, but that we share collective values.

Check out the rest of our virtual tours of National Trust Historic Sites, exploring places related to Commerce and Industry, Garden Glory, Architectural Traditions, Presidential Retreats, Modernism, and Southern History.

Looking for an opportunity to take direct action on behalf of a sacred place? The National Fund for Sacred Places, a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust, helps ensure that America’s sacred spaces continue to serve their communities’ materials and spiritual needs. This mission becomes even more significant during crises like the one we currently face. If you know of a congregation in need of support, learn more and apply for a chance to help the community steward its house of worship.


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Support the National Trust for Historic Preservation today and you'll be providing the courage, comfort, and inspiration of historic places now, when we need it most.

Dennis Hockman is editor in chief of Preservation magazine. He’s lived in historic apartments and houses all over the United States and knows that all old buildings have stories to tell if you care to find them.

All National Trust Historic Sites are open! We encourage you to check directly with each site for up-to-date information on available activities, ticketing, and guidelines if you are planning a visit.

Plan Your Visit