The month of May is National Preservation Month, as led by the National Trust for Historic Preservation:
May is National Preservation Month and this year’s theme is “Celebrating America’s Treasures.” Throughout our nation’s communities there are significant places that have contributed to our American experience – whether it is a battlefield, a ship, church or house museum. Through the support of programs like Save America’s Treasures, thousands of preservation projects in cities and towns from coast to coast have worked to preserve these irreplaceable and tangible reminders of our roots.
By declaring National Preservation Month’s theme as “Celebrating America’s Treasures,” we hope that communities and organizations across the country will help spread the word that programs like Save America’s Treasures not only protect the places that tell our nation’s story, but also create jobs and spur economic development in our Main Streets.
Share with the National Trust your plans for Preservation Month. Many organizations across the country are hosting workshops, tours, information sessions, and public events to share their historic places and resources with everyone. Check with your local organizations or your State Historic Preservation Office/State Historical Society.
If you haven’t seen the National Trust’s section on teaching historic preservation, check it out. It is geared towards school age kids, but has interesting, helpful information for all ages. There is a preservation blackboard (note to college kids: not that blackboard) for sharing ideas.
So what can you do? Start with some of those resources, learn a new fact, spread the good news about historic preservation, and encourage others to follow suit.
It’s a month-long preservation celebration!