What could be better than a summer day of good company, beautiful scenery, local Vermont wine – all in the name of preservation!? Look no further than the Vermont Preservation & Wine tour on Friday June 27, 2014. Only 54 tickets are available, so buy them now! If you’re interested or have any questions, let me know.
Spring is conference season! Everywhere you look, there’s a new conference. Get ready to be invigorated by preservation and inspired by colleagues. Check out this brief list below. Add your own in the comments:
- Directions in Twenty-First Century Preservation – Bristol, RI – March 29
- Indiana’s Statewide Historic Preservation Conference – New Albany, IN – April 9-11
- Society of Architectural Historians – Austin, TX – April 9-13
- South Carolina Statewide Historic Preservation Conference – Columbia, SC – April 22
- Oregon Heritage Conference – Albany, OR – April 23-25
- Landmark Society of Western New York – Rochester, NY – April 24-26
- Rhode Island Preservation Conference – Warren, RI – April 26
- Vermont Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference – Island Pond, VT – Friday May 2
- New Jersey Historic and Historic Preservation – Lincroft, NJ -June 5
I’m excited to announce that Preservation in Pink will be featured at the Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference as part of the session “Getting Social for a Cause: Social Media and Historic Preservation.” (See the conference brochure, page 12, session C2.) With a theme of “Pride in Preservation” and an opportunity to share my love of social media and historic preservation, I’m honored to be included!
Will you be there?
Hi everyone. It’s the new year and I have bigger plans and goals for Preservation in Pink. However, I’d like to drive changes based on what you – all of you – would like to see. Below are a series of questions. If you would spare a few seconds to answer the following questions, I’d very much appreciate it. Choose the best answer and click.
PiP will get better because of you! Tell me – what do you like, not like? What do you want to see more or less of? Thank you!! xo
You’ve probably noticed a few picture posts on the blog over the past few days. In order to integrate Instagram (which is really only smart-phone friendly) and the blog, Instagram posts from @presinpink will now appear as blog posts. In other words, you don’t have to have an Instagram account or a twitter account to see Preservation in Pink adventures via photos. If you do follow presinpink on Instagram, you’ll see that not every photo will make its way from Instagram to the blog. This change allows for blogging in real-time, with a greater variety of posts.
This is accomplished using IFTTT. (Thanks to the ladies at histpres.com for the tip.) Basically, IFTTT creates “recipes” to send messages from one source to another. So it could be an Instagram hashtag (#presinpink) triggers a post on wordpress. Or it can do things like send you a text message when the forecast calls for rain. I’m fascinated by it.
In other news, the Preservation in Pink Facebook page will be removed beginning in 2014 for the purpose of simplifying and consolidating social media. Facebook served to only hold links to posts, and often it’s the last of PiP social media to receive attention. So, I thought I’d conduct an experiment and focus efforts on my preferred social media avenues (blog, Instagram, twitter). In a world of Facebook, maybe it will be necessary. But maybe not. For those who receive posts or links from Facebook, you can sign up for the RSS feed or emails. For communication, leave comments or send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. And posts will still feed to Twitter. If you have a preference, let me know. I like chatting about social media, of course.
It’s been a full month of adventure; before April and spring pick up speed, here’s a look back at the goings-on of Preservation in Pink. Some of these tales have yet to be told. Stay tuned! Where have you been? What have you been up to?
Here we are at the end of 2012. I hope it’s been a great one for you. Just as we all take a look at ourselves at the end of the year to see how we’ve grown and changed, I like to do the same for PiP in order to prepare for the upcoming year. So here I go: what a year it’s been for Preservation in Pink. Highlights have included:
- A re-post feature on Preservation Nation about being a historic preservationist
- Participating in the Pacifico Preservation Adventure series with the National Trust
- Presenting at the Vermont Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference
- Being Freshly Pressed on WordPress
- A re-post on The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles
- and watching the PiP community grow with new readers, new friends, and new ideas. The average views per day increased to almost 400, up from 230 in 2011. Wow!
Friends, you bring conversation, inspiration and lessons. Thank you! Need a quick overview of what PiP is all about? Read on. This year Preservation in Pink introduced a few new series and continued a few older series including:
- Preservation ABCs
- House Hopping
- Preservation Pop Quiz
- Sense of Place (define, measure, improving)
- Preservation Grammar (continued from 2011)
- Abandoned Vermont (continued from 2011)
- Preservation Photos (continued since 2009)
- Flamingo-grams (an Instagram outlet – @presinpink)
Aside from series, the posts this year often focused on looking at the environment around us, learning to read the environment, learning to interpret the importance of everyday sights in our communities. Topics included (click these links to read the original posts):
- Street observations
- Parking lots and spaces
- Trash cans & recycling bins
- Sidewalks & Curbs
- Wayfinding signage
- Pedestrian malls
- Bad signage
Posts ventured beyond the streetscape to more abstract thoughts and/or random conversations about architecture, memories, and preservation thoughts. Here are just a few (click these links too):
- How to Photograph a Bridge
- The Un-covered Bridge
- Preservation Guilt: HGTV
- I am a Historic Preservationist
- Digital Calendars & Paper Planners
- Your Written Record
- “Ugly” Architecture & Brutalism
- Big Box Stores & Preservation Tools
- Memories & Songs
- Summer Days
Looking to 2013: what is in store? The series above will continue, two new mini-series will be introduced in January, and others will develop throughout the year. Bigger goals include cleaning up the blog pages, moving the blog platform, and working to improve the reach of Preservation in Pink while remaining true to the mission and current readers. Ideas, suggestions, conversations are always welcomed and encouraged. The success, growth, and reach of PiP is a testament to all of you and your interest in historic preservation. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You bring so much joy to this preservation loving gal.
What would you like to see on Preservation in Pink? What are your goals for 2013? What do you want to accomplish in preservation? What would you like to learn?
So long, farewell, 2012. Welcome 2013. Cheers to everyone and best wishes for an absolutely wonderful year, full of happiness, success and love.
Some recent Preservation in Pink adventures, including a flamingo wedding*! If you follow PiP on Twitter or Instagram these might be repeats, so I’ve thrown in a few new images. Where have you been lately? Anywhere fun? Do tell.
For a change of pace, more posts coming this weekend.
*I should clarify that by flamingo wedding, I refer to one of the “flamingo girls” who was married this past weekend in Virginia. We flamingos flock from all corners of the world to attend each other’s weddings. Congratulations Elyse & Adam!
You might be aware that Preservation in Pink can be followed on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and now Instagram. It’s a lot to keep up with, but all are linked (and I apologize for the duplicate posts on all of the social media sites, as I have not figured out otherwise). Instagram is most easily followed on a smartphone, but you can get the links through Twitter and Facebook when they are posted. What is Instagram? Basically, it’s a photo sharing app through which you can add effects to photos, geotag them if you choose, add captions and share them with your followers. It’s fun and free.
I like Instagram for images that may not require an entire post, when sharing a quick photograph fits the bill. Sometimes I’ll add additional clues to the pop quizzes on Instagram. Again, those appear on Facebook and Twitter because all are linked, so you’re not missing out if you don’t use Instagram.
Preservation in Pink can be found on Instagram as “presinpink” with pictures of buildings, flamingos, books, road trips, antiques, family, playgrounds, sisters, etc. Here are just some of the recent Instagram photos from the world of PiP.
Do you have an Instagram account? Is it building, place, preservation or flamingo related? Let me know!
p.s. speaking of pop quizzes: there are a few still waiting on answers. I haven’t forgotten!
Preservation in Pink turned five years old on May 28. Five years ago was the debut of the very first (short) newsletter and this blog address served only as a placeholder for newsletter issues throughout its first year.
The newsletter ran for six issues, while this blog continued to develop and grow, starting as a regular blog in spring of 2008. The early blog days began with oral history anecdotes, field school lessons and subjects that I found to be preservation inspiration. As it turns out, once I started writing, I couldn’t stop! From community related issues to roadside America to national preservation concerns, landscape, transportation, historic architecture, graduate school, all things flamingo and coffee, these 900+ posts have been near and far.
Although PiP has evolved over the years, it remains true to the original purpose: to encourage communication between preservationists and non-preservationists, to keep us all inspired and enthusiastic, and to explain the benefits and relevance of the field to everyone.
To see the growth in Preservation in Pink is humbling and inspiring, quite frankly. To know that more and more people are reading about preservation and making the connection from one field to another says to me that we are all making a difference and people are becoming more aware and in touch with their built environment, communities, and heritage.
Perhaps understandably so, it is hard to remember my preservation life before Preservation in Pink or a time when most people I know did not associate me with every flamingo they saw. Without being too sentimental, Preservation in Pink has always been and continues to be a true joy in my life. When a post resonates with a reader (a preservationist or not) and that person can make a connection to the field, it warms my whole heart.
Thank you readers, longtime and new, regular or passersby, for your support, interest, conversations and comments, emails, word-of-mouth publicity and of course, for the flamingo links and photos. You are a wonderful bunch (dare I say flock?), and I learn from you constantly.
Happy Birthday to Preservation in Pink!
Some of My Favorite Posts Over the Years, New and Old
Grandma’s Pyrex Mixing Bowls (April 2012)
You Do Not Have to be a Historic Preservationist (March 2012)
How to Photograph a Bridge (February 2012)
Anatomy of Preservation Guilt: HGTV (January 2012)
I Am A Historic Preservationist (January 2012)
Preservation Grammar: Historic v. Historical (December 2011)
If Someone Offered Free Vinyl Siding (October 2011)
The Upside of Interstates (May 2011)
Preservation Basics – Series (April 2011)
I Wear A Hard Hat (January 2011)
My Ode to Derby (January 2011)
My Road to Preservation (September 2010)
Vermont in Pictures (August 2010)
Gold in Them Thar Hills: Part Three (June 2010)
More of Carl’s (June 2010)
The Kitten Who Studied Architectural History (December 2009)
Landmarks Shaping Me (December 2009)
Right Place at the Right Time (July 2009)
Why They Don’t Let Me Outside (February 2009)
The Time Warp Effect of Home (December 2008)
Concrete v. Asphalt (December 2008)
Five Stages of Small-Town Preservation Induced Grief (August 2008)
Why Do All Preservationists Love Flamingos? (August 2008)
South Carolina Road Trip (July 2008)
My Ode to Oral History (May 2008)
Nebraska Schoolhouse (October 2007)
I am psyched to announce (if you missed the Twitter and Facebook chatter) that Monday’s Preservation in Pink post, You Do Not Have to be a Historic Preservationist, was featured as a guest post on PreservationNation, the blog of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. If you do not read the blog, check it out for Preservation News Roundups, special features and more.
Thank you NTHP and David Garber, the PreservationNation blog editor. Preservation in Pink is flattered!