Shop Small next Saturday! Small Business Saturday is November 30.
To celebrate small business, I’ll be sharing a series of local small businesses I love. Get in on the convo with hashtags #ShopSmall and #SmallBizSat! Find out more here.
It’s been a couple of weeks since my trip down the road Indy for the National Preservation Conference. Aptly entitled Preservation at the Crossroads, this year’s conference took a hard look at the future of preservation, our roles as preservationists, how to stay relevant, and how to attract new audiences to our cause.
I don’t currently work in preservation proper; however, I still consider myself a preservationist. Newly transplanted in the Midwest from the deep South, I joined the social media team for Indiana Landmarks to meet some new folks, check out Indy, and reintroduce myself to the world of preservation. Here are some of my takeaways from this year’s preservation conference.
5. Indy is beautiful.
I’m so glad I squeezed in some time to walk around downtown Indy. Like Mayor Ballard said at the opening plenary, “I bet most of you will leave Indy saying, I never knew.” So true; I had no idea. Look forward to coming back!
4. Times they are a changing.
“Is it time to move away from the house museum as our “go to” strategy for preservation?”- Stephanie Meeks. “Historic Preservation should be focused more about quality of life and less about history.”- Gustavo Araoz. ”Always let people comment. Even if they’re crazy.” -@presnation twitter
Are we becoming more laid-back? Or are we just realizing that the more inclusive preservation is the more we can achieve? Perhaps a little of both.
There also seemed to be a new catch phrase to describe advocacy and membership tactics to attract the elusive “young, engaged, and diverse” crowd preservation is after: “Preservation through the back door.” Couldn’t help but think of this…
3. Preservationists are jumping on the social media bandwagon.
One of the biggest challenges for preservation has been spreading the preservation gospel to the unconverted; thanks to social media, the message is spreading a little faster. The presconf tweetup was the biggest to date and the New Media, New Audiences session led by Kaitlin O’Shea of Preservation in Pink was packed. It was great to finally meet many preservation bloggers/tweeters I’ve been following for a while!
2. Don’t be stodgy.
Preservation doesn’t have to be boring. With some creativity and strategic partnerships, preservation can be fun, dare I say cool. An inspiring and important session was Cocktails, Coloring Books, and Cyberspace in which the Landmark Society of Western New York introduced several of their new advocacy and membership tools. My favorite? The “Where the #&@$ am I? coaster. The Landmark Society will partner with historic bars in Rochester, New York in order to have these coasters available for patrons. Each coaster has a QR code specific to that bar; when scanned, the code will direct the user to a website that will tell the history of the bar and show it’s location. Pretty genius.
1. Just Do It.
Art, Heritage, and Quality of Life: Lessons from the Venice Biennale preached a “just do it” approach to public places, heritage, and art. Traditional preservation work can be quite tedious because of bureaucratic red tape but this session left me feeling inspired to work on a few preservation projects I’ve kept on the back burner for a while now. The Howling Mob Society (bottom left), New Public Sites (top left), and M12 Studio (right), reminded us that it can be quite liberating to operate outside the lines.
Bonus takeaway: Verncaular architecture rockstar and keynote speaker, Henry Glassie, holds a striking resemblance to Sam Elliot. Thanks Tiffany from Historic Indianapolis for pointing that out!
Thank you again to Indiana Landmarks for the opportunity to work on the social media team! Stay tuned for more about my upcoming preservation projects.
The National Preservation Conference is one week away! I’m thrilled to be attending another #presconf (Austin was my last one) and working with Indiana Landmarks on their social media team! Hashtags at the ready- #presconf, #Indy #Indiana.
While refreshing my preservation-isms and session planning, I ran across a favorite preservation blog from my grad school days at UGA.
Preservationist Ryan Gosling is a tumblr created by some students at UPenn’s preservation program with photos of good lookin’ Ryan Gosling and historic preservation facts and opinions. Pretty hilarious. Here are some of my favs…
It doesn’t look like they’re updating the site anymore but it’s worth a gander. Check it out here.
Oh the places you’ll go… (emsontheroad.com)
Happy World Architecture Day! This day is celebrated on the first Monday of every October and was set up by the Union International des Architects in 2005 to “remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.” For more check out World Architecture Day 2013.
I believe part of that responsibility is to maintain and celebrate existing and historic architecture. I wanted to share a few of my favorite images from a recent trip to Port Townsend, Washington. ”The official settlement of the city took place on the 24th of April, 1851. Called the “City of Dreams” because of the early speculation that the city would be the largest harbor on the west coast, wealthy and prosperous, somehow though, those early dreams failed to materialize…”-Port Townsend Guide
If you love old buildings, it’s a great place to see large number of Victorian era architecture. My visit to Port Townsend was my first to a small town on the west coast. I found it refreshing that the majority of the old buildings here seem to be embraced by the community with many of the local businesses occupying the historic downtown area.
We’re almost moved in and I’m ready to explore corn country! Here are my top five things to see or do in Indiana.
5. Mrs. Wick’s Pies Shop and Restaurant
I’ve been reading that the Sugar Cream Pie is the one to get. Not sure what it is exactly but sounds pretty delicious.
4. Indiana Balloon Festival
3. Apple Picking
I’m a sucker for pick-your-own farms.
2. Tour Columbus, Indiana
“Columbus, Ind., looks like any other small town, with its small shops and restaurants. But what sets this town apart is its architecture. The Modernist buildings — mostly geometric and made of glass and steel — are not immediately visible, interspersed as they are with old, 19th-century, gingerbread-like structures; but more than 60 public buildings in Columbus have been built by a veritable who’s who of modern masters — I.M. Pei, Eero and Eliel Saarinen, Cesar Pelli, Richard Meier, Harry Weese, Robert Venturi and James Polshek, to name a few.” – NPR Article
The Largest Flea Market in the Midwest. Need I say more?
Happy Friday y’all!
Lexington, Georgia, the seat of Oglethorpe County in northeast Georgia, is eighty-five miles east of Atlanta and seventeen miles east of Athens. Like many small towns in Georgia, its economy was originally based on cotton and tobacco, and after the decline of these industries and The Great Depression, the town suffered from neglect over the years. The downtown district of Lexington has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977, and has been slowly but surely experiencing a revival. With a growing number of residents, local businesses, a farmers market, and monthly special events, Lexington is a fun place to spend the day and get away from the hustle and bustle of town for a bit.
While living in Athens, Lexington was one of my favorite day-trips. It’s great place to see beautiful examples of 19th century architecture like the Romanesque Revival style Oglethorpe County Courthouse; check out the latest finds at the area antique shops; you can even get some good BBQ on your way back to Athens.
For more information on Lexington, Georgia history check out this article. For information on events in Lexington check out the Oglethorpe Fresh facebook page. Hours and location of Pig O’s BBQ Truck click here.
- Pig O’s Bar-B-Que, Crawford, Georgia (marieletseat.com)