November 27, 2013

Twitter Chat Recap/Reminder: International Preservation and Historic Holidays

  • By: Sarah Heffern

Hyde Park neighborhood of Boise, IA. Credit: Talo66, Flickr
Holidays in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boise, Idaho

Taking inspiration from the current issue of Forum Journal, our November #builtheritage chat looked at international preservation, and what American preservationists can learn from our colleagues in other countries.

Among the groups that our chatters mentioned as doing particularly good work were the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the International National Trusts Organisation, and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

Find highlights from the Twitter chat below:

In December, we'll be taking on a lighter topic -- preservation and the holidays. Join us on Wednesday, December 4 at 4:00 EST to talk about preservationist-friendly gifts, historic sites and Main Streets that do it up right, and more.

Here's how to participate:

1. Sign in to Twitter, or into a chat-specific site such as TweetChat,, or (Using a chat site allows you to filter just the chat-specific hashtag, and also appends it to any tweets you send, allowing for a more streamlined experience.)

2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage.

3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other participants using replies and retweets.

The Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have six per chat) are posed by the moderators as Q1, Q2, Q3,etc. about every 10 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and tangents still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.

Hope to chat with all of you next week, and in the meantime... Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Sarah Heffern is the National Trust's director of social media. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having first fallen for historic places in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class.


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