This Place Matters

Historic bridges of Pittsburgh

For another week at least, it’s National Historic Preservation month. The National Trust for Historic Preservation just released their 2010 list of 11 Most Endangered Places (a subject which I covered in 101 Places You Gotta See Before You’re 12!). The list mobilizes people to protect historic places and properties under imminent threat, such as the Wilderness Battlefield in Virginia, which is currently in the path of, you guessed, a proposed Walmart Development.

I am a big fan of all the Trust’s programs and really love what they’ve done with the This Place Matters campaign, which helps people advocate for historic places that are important to them. You can check out their Flickr account here and their YouTube here. I love the diversity of people and places represented, and that kids are involved! How I wish this had been around when I was a kid in Atlanta and the city was being systematically dismantled!

Finding a ‘place that matters’ to your family could be a great way to introduce your kids to concepts of history and preservation: What’s worth saving? What’s not? How much does it cost? Who pays for it? And what do we lose when we lose a piece of history?

Ingles Ferry Tavern, Dublin, Virginia

The Do-Wop Motels in The Wildwoods, New Jersey

The Dr. Howe-Waffle House in Santa Ana, California

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