Grants for Historic Preservation

It’s a shame that so many of the locally maintained historic structures that we pass on the road are not open to the public. Sure, they’ve been saved by concerned citizens in the neighborhood who have the best of intentions. Maybe the buildings are open for viewing a few hours a week, a month, or…

Color My World

My wife’s Grandpa Sam was a house painter by profession. At the time he was working, house painting was a job best left to professionals because you didn’t just walk into your local Home Depot and select a latex color from a palette offering thousands of choices. Grandpa Sam also specialized in stenciling, which required…

Volunteering

 I just checked on a popular search engine for the phrase “volunteering for historical societies” and I got almost three million listed results. The first few pages show that the need for volunteers extends way beyond just our borders, to such countries as Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. The evidence suggests that the funding gap faced…

Reenactors

  “Thank you for your service” is a phrase almost always heard when someone discovers that they’re speaking with a person who is or has been in the military. It’s a sign of respect and recognition that they sacrificed a safe existence for a stint or career in the armed forces. Having now witnessed several…

National Historic Preservation Act

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of this important piece of legislation, enacted during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration but actually conceived of by his predecessor, John F. Kennedy. The law was the first national policy governing preservation, following earlier attempts to save national treasures and historic assets beginning with the Antiquities Act of 1906. I…

Go! Go! Go! Go!

Fraunces Tavern:  This one building is loaded with history, starting from about 1719 and continuing to the present. It was a home for many owners, a tavern, a meeting place for the Sons of Liberty, a hotel, and offices for the then-government. It has suffered through several fires and has been damaged by explosions twice; once by…

I’m Conflicted

Let me just start out by saying that I appreciate that there’s an entity like the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded, non-profit organization. If you don’t know anything about them, here’s a short mission statement from their official website: “Our mission is to protect significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by…

Saving Princeton Battlefield

If you’re visiting this website, looking at the gallery images, and reading my posts, there’s a very good chance that you have an interest in historic preservation. You also might be a follower or member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and familiar with their list of the 11 most endangered places. For many…

Something is bothering me…

Some people seem to have a morbid curiosity for abandoned houses. Don’t believe me? Search YouTube for videos filmed by intruders armed with flashlights and DSLRs walking through these houses merely to put decay on display. They aren’t there to help further the cause of restoration. They don’t bother to research the history of the…

A Selfish Desire Morphs Into a Classic Win/Win

I admit it: I get a real thrill taking pictures of historic home interiors on the other side of the velvet rope. It was an itch that I needed to scratch, and in the spring of 2016 an idea developed that I figured would grease this skid in the best possible way. If I got…