December 2009

Preservation in Pink contributors: writers, artists, photographers: start considering what you  would like to contribute to the December 2009 newsletter. The deadline will be mid December and it will be out at the end of December.

Travels, preservation news, issues, ethics, days on the job, anecdotes, all subjects relating to historic preservation are welcome! If you have an idea, let me know! If you’re a first contributor, check out the previous newsletters to get a feel for Preservation in Pink.

More to come.

Pip’s Next Adventure

For those of you who read the newsletter, you saw the following comic strip titled “The Amazing Adventures of Pip the Flamingo.”

PIP comic-1Preservationists, particularly those against big box retailers and such, likely understood the comic strip. However, many friends who are not trained in preservation or the messages of Preservation in Pink didn’t quite get it. For some background explanation check out: Why Do All Preservationists Love Flamingos? and Meet Pip. That should clear up any confusion.

Vinny is requesting reader input on Pip’s next adventure. What preservation related mission or adventure can Pip find? Leave suggestions below or email them to preservationinpink [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!

PiP June 2009 Newsletter

Presenting the June 2009 newsletter of Preservation in Pink! Click to open a PDF version:

PiP June 2009

This issue has required more time and effort than all of the prior issues combined, but I think it has been worth it. The product is the longest yet (20 pages) and the articles have the greatest depth and diversity so far. To all contributors, I hope you are proud of your work. To all readers, I hope you enjoy it. Please share your feedback.

If you would prefer a copy emailed to you, let me know. (As mentioned in the previous post, it might take a few days, but I’ll get it to you.) Thanks!

First Friday, et al.

A few quick notes on this Friday in June:

1. Since it is the “first” Friday in June, it’s possible that your town has a “First Friday” event. Sometimes it’s an art events, sometimes it’s more like a block party. The event depends on your town. In Southern Pines, First Friday is a fun town gathering with food, kids’ games, and a band playing. Today there is a band and a storyteller.  These events are held May-October (5pm – 8pm) and serve as a way to get the community out and together and interacting with local businesses.

To quote the website, “The “First Friday” series is designed as such to invigorate and augment the many things about Southern Pines that make it such a wonderful place to live and do business. The goal of this event is to increase awareness of these points and foster relationships within the community in a setting of relaxation, fun and togetherness.”

Sounds good, right? To find out if your town has a First Friday, check your local newspaper or just search on the web for “first friday” and your town’s name. 

2. Preservation in Pink, June 2009 will be published next week! 

3. If you haven’t been reading the Tuesday/Thursday post series by Brad Hatch and Lauren McMillan, be sure to do so. Brad and Lauren offer great stories, insights, and thoughts tied deep to archaeology and preservation. Brad’s posts are about trips that he and Lauren take, hence “Preservacation” and Lauren is writing about her field school experience this summer.  If they inspire you to start a blogging series, let me know!

4. I love flamingos, whatever their shade of pink.

African Lesser Flamingo in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photograph courtesy of Ellen Detlefsen.

African Lesser Flamingo in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 2009. Photograph courtesy of Ellen Detlefsen.

June 2009 Newsletter

Writers, photographers, reviewers, and all those interested: if you would like to contribute to the June 2009 issue of Preservation in Pink, please email all submissions to as soon as possible (preferably this weekend). Or, if you need more time, email me and we can work out something. I need to start the layout and editing this weekend. Thank you!

Need an idea? See these posts:

April 24 – Article Reminder

March 30 – Articles + Categories (good list of article suggestions)

March 23 – Call for Articles

Article Reminder

To those planning to write articles for the June 2009 issue of Preservation in Pink, please send them to me by May 15 – 3 weeks from now. Have an idea, need an idea? Let me know. Also, if you want to share a movie or book review that relates to preservation, those are welcome. Road trips photos with descriptions, good websites, opinions, current events – all is encouraged.

Other than that, have a great weekend. The entire east coast is experience summer-like weather right now, so it’s a great time to get out, support your downtown, and enjoy your surroundings. In North Carolina, it seems to be festival weekend in every town. Enjoy and send a picture of your town’s activities.


Articles + Categories

Again, a call for articles for the June 2009 issue of Preservation in Pink. Need article ideas? I would like to see a few articles/essays (or even short paragraph responses) that can answer one or more of these questions:

1. Why do you love historic preservation?

2. How do you think historic preservation can “save the world”?

3. How do you describe historic preservation to those who are unfamiliar with the field?

4. Why does historic preservation matter?

5. What are the drawbacks of historic preservation?

These questions have been answered by the National Trust and other organizations, each in their own way; however, these are subjects that deserve thought and consideration from everyone in the field. 

Other articles:

1. Traveling as a preservation (or as a non-preservationist)

2. How has the environment + sustainability movement touched your life?

3. Work stories and experience

4. Preservation home projects from organizing your family archives to restoring a historic house

This is not an inclusive list – all other ideas are welcome, from conventional to unconventional, photographs and other artwork included.


On a different note, I have been working to clean up the categories of all of the posts. You’ll notice changes on the categories sidebar for the next week or so. In the end, it should be more user friendly for finding what you want on Preservation in Pink.


Photographs Wanted

To readers, contributors, etc.

I am in need of some photographs for this issue! Do you have any good photographs that could qualify for a cover image? By that I mean anything that’s a general preservation type image. Interpet that however you will.

Please send them to me this weekend! I would very much appreciate it.