August 28, 2013

Twitter Chat Recap/Reminder: From Kids and Preservation to Historic Schools

  • By: Sarah Heffern
A kids costume contest at Beaufort Historic Site during the 2013 Pirate Invasion. Credit: SuttonIs, Flickr.
A kids costume contest at Beaufort Historic Site during the 2013 Pirate Invasion.

Want to get a bunch of preservationists talking? Ask them how they developed their love of history and places -- and how they go about passing that enthusiasm to the kids in their lives. You'll get stories and feedback galore, ranging from finding preservation via romance novels to learning it on school field trips, and everything in between.

Such was the conversation during August's #builtheritage Twitter chat. Our hour of allotted chat time sped by as preservationists and museum folks shared ideas, tips, stories, and favorites, all focused around getting kids interested in preservation. The Storify slideshow below has highlights of the chat:

Our next chat will be Wednesday, September 4 at 4:00p.m. EDT. In honor of back to school season, we'll turn our attention to historic school buildings. Want to read up in advance? We've got a great toolkit on how to save historic schools, plus lots of additional resources on

Here’s how to join in on the chat:

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 four per chat) are posed by the moderators as Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 about every 15 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.

Looking forward to chatting with you all next week!

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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