Preservation Conference: Why are Downtowns Important?

The Preservation Trust of Vermont and the Vermont Downtown Program present the Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference in Poultney, VT on Friday April 29, 2011. Get more information through the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

Register here through the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The price is $45 before April 22 and $50 after that. What a great deal!

Hope to see you there.



Brrrr.... Vermont in February 2011.

See ya, winter!* We’re escaping for just a short while to the southern warmth.

Azaleas may not be out yet (this picture dates to April 2009) but it is certainly going to feel like spring. I cannot believe that I was ever cold when we lived in the south.

In the spirit of travel and southern warmth, here are some fun (starting with the North Carolina related) links:

Restoring the Roost – Meet Megan and her chickens, her adorable historic home, and her love of historic preservation. Now that’s my kind of blogger.

Overhills Oral History Report – I’ve been missing beautiful Overhills and the stories of my oral history days. You can now access and save (PDF) the 238 page report to your own computer. (Work produced for the government must be available to the public, free of charge, which is why you can save a copy. Note: allow it some time to load.)

There is always a good reason to browse the Preservation North Carolina properties for sale page. Whether you’re moving or not, gazing at houses is fun.

Considering planning a wedding at a historic site in North Carolina? Look at the Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington or the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines.

And head even further south, down to Mississippi, and visit the Preservation in Mississippi blog, which fulfills its mission to educate readers about Mississippi heritage of the built environment.

I just found this blog, and it might be my new favorite: — it’s full of photographs and retro roadside America. The authors map the sites on Google Maps, too! Their description of what is RetroRoadMap worthy is as follows: “We have a fondness for authentic old places and businesses. Places and businesses that have survived the years while still retaining their original look, signage and charm. Places that give you that feeling of stepping into the past somehow, either by their look, genuine friendly service, items they offer or a combination of those and other intangibles.”

And, of course, do not forget Eccentric Roadside, which has all of the roadside quirkiness you could want.

Still dreaming of summer? Of course, now that I’ve got you thinking about road trips. Well, think of field schools. Has anyone participated in an archaeology field school? I’m looking for one to recommend to someone who is interested in archaeology but hasn’t taken any classes. Suggestions? Here’s a list of archaeology and anthropology field schools from Shovelbums.

Anyway, happy weekend!

*Don’t worry, winter, we’ll be back very soon.