Friday Links: News and Play

I am boycotting CVS. Actually, all of the drug stores bother me, but in this case, CVS has top billing. According to a Preservation Nation blog post, CVS is disregarding an agreement with the National Trust and demolishing a historically significant church in Memphis to build a store. How appalling. Others are sure to follow: Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kinney Drug, Eckerd, etc.

Need a good preservation book to read? The University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation has announced the 2011 Book Prize Candidates.

Also from the UMW Center for Historic Preservation, check out this comparison chart of undergraduate HP programs.

Wishing it were summer? It’s not too early to start thinking of internships or field schools. HISTPRES is definitely the most up-to-date source for young professionals.

Did you see this NY Times article about a preservation dispute about a Chelsea (New York City) row house? This building is affiliated with the Underground Railroad, perhaps the only documented station in Manhattan. The owner has added (well, the addition is in progress) has fifth floor, for which the permit has now been revoked.

Ever hear about the idea of preservation of play? Here is a NY Times article that discusses how children have forgotten how to play and how some parents are fixing it.

In May 2005 there was a conference called Preserve and Play: Preserving Historic Entertainment and Recreation Resources – not exactly the same as the article, but connected. I would have loved that conference. Did any of you, readers, attend?

Did you know that there is a National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York?  It appears to be a lot of hands-on exhibits, but check out the online museum collections.

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend. Go Play!

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5 thoughts on “Friday Links: News and Play

  1. Did you notice the cool graphic accompanying the NYT article about the Chelsea row house dispute? While it appeared to be a single image, there was a slider bar slicing the image that you could move between two overlapping pictures — one a current image showing the offending fifth floor addition (completely disrupting the cornice line of the row!) and the other a historic image (with a wonderful capture of the tall, steel-framed building at the end of the block under construction!). I confess I spent about 10 minutes sliding back and forth in time….

    As for your CVS boycott — as we’ve known for awhile as drugstores suck up space for their corporate standard construction incorporating drivethrough pharmacy windows and large parking lots — like Walmart they have a history of disrespecting community wishes and preservation. I give you a link to an article that appeared in Sea History (a publication of the National Maritime Historical Society) that recounts the efforts of a community on Cape Cod to remove a beloved 1924 steam tug before CVS was to build a new store on the site. CVS didn’t like the time line and took a wrecking ball to the vessel, even though the community had all the plans in place to move the ship to a new location. http://www.seahistory.org/assets/hsls/hsls117%2028-29.pdf (The article is about the need to create an American Ship Trust to help preserve at-risk historic maritime resources. It was published in a 2006/7 edition, but right this second I can list five National Historic Landmark vessels at serious risk of being lost forever. It’s a big issue.)

    The NYT article on children and play — when considered along with the need for a movement like “No Child Left Inside” to herd kids outside — is a sobering “flag on the play” if you will. I finished the article (which ends quoting a publication that gives kids ideas on “how to” do imaginative play) stunned and trying to remember my childhood; didn’t we just KNOW how to imagine things? Can it really be true that we’ve lost that much creativity in young minds today? If it’s true, we should be truly afraid for the future….

    • I did notice the graphic and slide back and forth (not for 1o minutes though! Nice confession!) What an extreme change to the cornice line indeed.

      Thank you for the additional CVS information. I do believe they are the worst offenders. I despise that standard Anywhere, USA construction that chain stores insist upon.

      And re: imaginative play, I cannot believe that so much has changed in the few years since my sisters and I were little kids. All we did was play make-believe, inside or outside. How is it that we have to teach kids how to imagine nowadays? What a terrible thought. Here’s an idea: less tv, no video games, fewer organized activities! Aye, aye, aye.

      Thanks for all of your comments and thoughts.

  2. I’m curious about the chart of undergraduate HP programs…it seems to be incorrect but I can’t find where it was posted on the CHP website to offer corrections. I went through the SCAD undergrad program and we were definitely offered more than just three architectural history courses…it is an entire major that many HP students got a minor in! Similarly, museum studies courses are offered as are conservation courses, but both have a zero on the chart. There is also a cultural landscapes minor but according to this chart only one landscapes class is offered?

    I thought it would be interesting to look at but now I don’t know if any of the information is accurate.

    • Erica, you can find the chart by scrolling down on this page: http://centerforhistoricpreservation.org/uhpes/ and clicking “Quick Facts.”

      I, too, was a bit puzzled by the chart, even for Mary Washington. I’ll have to ask who made the chart and how each class category is defined. Or can a class be counted in more than one category? It reminds me of the NCPE listings/chart, which aren’t completely accurate either. I’ll let you know if I find out anything.

      • Interesting that they got multiple schools information wrong…I would imagine they would have asked the schools to provide the information but perhaps not. Let me know what you find out!

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