What is with all of the flamingos? Read an article from Issue 1, May 2007 to find out how all of the madness began or view this post: Why Do All Preservationists Love Flamingos?
Preservation in Pink began in 2007 when I realized how much I missed the constant, diverse conversation of historic preservation related topics with my Mary Washington classmates. Our best conversations occurred during late night study sessions or all nighters in the drafting lab. This was when we could connect anything to historic preservation and we devised theories and dreams about saving the world.
I believe that once we get out of school and our safe haven for ideas, it is sometimes hard to keep the same spark alive for our love of preservation. Therefore, a casual, reconnecting newsletter is what we all need to stay positive, inspired, and just silly enough to be okay with a field that is always an uphill battle. It was the “coffee chats” that kept us so enthusiastic about historic preservation. I hope that Preservation in Pink will be able to replace the coffee chats since my classmates and I are scattered all over the world.
Preservation in Pink’s primary purpose is to encourage communication between preservationists, whether on serious issues or tangential topics. The secondary purpose is advocacy via education: to present preservation to the public as an approachable, applicable subject. The daily blog topics range from current events to personal essays to flamingo related thoughts to travel topics to preservation resources and much more. Occasionally guest authors contribute to the blog. The biannual newsletter is what began the blog and issues incorporate articles and essays from authors listed on the contributors page. The newsletter is currently on hiatus, but could begin again if there is interest. For now, all of the effort goes into the blog.
Preservation in Pink involves historic preservation, architecture, roadside America, travel, archaeology, planning and development, theories, community life, flamingos, coffee, museum studies, material culture, and much more. If you love historic preservation or just want to find out more about it, send me an email, an article, a photo. Get involved! Ask a question! Help us improve quality of life by preserving the past for the future.
As Preservation in Pink grows, in terms of readers and contributors, I hope everyone comes to find it as a useful resource and medium, whether you are brand new to preservation or a seasoned field worker. Everyone is always encouraged and welcome to contribute. Please use this whether for fun or a place for resources from fellow preservation folks or in any way that fits your interests.
Thanks for stopping by!
– Kaitlin O’Shea
Please Note: The opinions expressed on Preservation in Pink are the opinions of the authors and contributors themselves and do not necessarily reflect the organizations for which they work and/or are associated with nor do they reflect the opinions of every contributor on this site or colleague. Photographs: Unless otherwise noted, photographs were taken by and belong to Kaitlin O’Shea.