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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

List of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places Released

As many of you know, a long time passion of mine has been historic preservation and the great work of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP).  NTHP released today its list of the 11 most endangered historic places – places in need of our attention to avoid further deterioration, and put the beautiful southern city of Charleston, SC under “watch status.”

This list “spotlights important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage,” says the National Trust. 

The National Trust is a non-profit organization that works tirelessly to help preserve and protect our heritage.  If you believe such preservation is an important part of our future, I urge you to support the organization and join me by becoming a member.  I continue to be awestruck when I discover buildings, monuments, etc. that have been around for hundreds of years.  As I look at them, I can’t help but think of the time, effort, energy and money passionate people have generously put forth to preserve it. 

My family would often take a rental home or a cabin for our vacations- usually in the mountains of Colorado, sometimes on some powdery beach in the Caribbean.  We cared for the place as if it were our own.  And, when it came time to pack our things and head back home, my mom would always ask us that we leave it in better condition than when we arrived.  Sound advice if you ask me.  Details of membership are on-line and you’ll be making a huge step forward in saving our historic past so the generations ahead of us can enjoy and appreciate what our forefathers built for us. 

Photo from Flickr is the Charleston Clean House courtesy of John Duggan.

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