Never Too Late

In the past, historic preservation was seen as a practice only focused on grand architectural landmarks such as mansions, skyscrapers, and train stations. However, in recent years, preservationists have shifted their focus to also celebrate neighborhoods, downtowns, and even rural areas that are perhaps less grand architecturally, but no less important to our history.

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Elizabeth Holt
Then, Now, and What Comes Next

The field of preservation as we know it today began as a reaction to post-war urban renewal policies, but the idea that our historic resources should be protected was nothing new. The passing of the Antiquities Act in 1906, formation of the National Park Service in 1916, and creation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1949 were all important milestones in the preservation movement. However, by the mid-twentieth century, there was still not widespread public awareness for the cause of preservation.

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