2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the National Heritage Areas program. Conceived as a way to cross the culture – nature divide, heritage areas stretch beyond political boundaries to tell landscape scale histories and protect regional environmental resources. The areas tell stories that are too big, too gritty, too alive and too expensive to be confined within a traditional national park unit. Yet, heritage areas have been consistently hammered by shrinking federal budgets, questions about the proper role of government, and even their right to exist. Read more about how the LLO plans to mark this important anniversary.
Published in 1990, National Register Bulletin 38 provides guidelines for the evaluation and documentation of Traditional Cultural Properties (TCP). In this post, one of the bulletin’s authors, Tom King, addresses shortcomings in a recent report that sought to apply the TCP concept to the Gladesmen, longtime residents of the Florida Everglades.
Rising seas, floods, and wildfires are threatening the United States’ most cherished historic sites.
For more than 20 years, attempts have been made to pass National Heritage Areas program legislation. Will 2014 be the year it finally happens? And what is so important about such an act anyways? Read reflections from a recent hearing on the matter.
In mid-June, the World Heritage Committee met in Doha, Qatar. Several new sites and landscapes were inscribed on the world heritage list, including one in the United States – the country’s first nomination since a loss of voting rights for nonpayment of dues to the committee’s parent organization UNESCO.
The Riverspark Heritage Area in New York was among the first urban parks in the nation to protect and interpret the history and built environment of labor in the United States. Among the stories and sites preserved was that of Kate Mullany, a young Irish immigrant who led a week long strike in 1864 that gained collar workers in Troy a 25% increase in their wages. Learn more about efforts to place her make her home a National Historic Landmark.