Category Archives: Popular Culture

Strange Bedfellows: Indigenous People’s History and American Presidential Portraits

A guest post by Laura Macaluso Last week two very different tours of portraits of American presidents were offered on the same day, in the same city: Washington, D.C., the capitol of the United States since 1790, when Thomas Jefferson, … Continue reading

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Everyone Eats: Food, History & Cultural Preservation at the National Museum of African American History & Culture

A guest post by Laura Macaluso The Smithsonian Institution’s newest museum—and the last projected to be built directly on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.— the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC), opened to great fanfare on … Continue reading

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Rock Me, Amadeus: How Mozart Helped Me Become a Rock and Roll Preservationist

A guest post by Sheryl Davis Travel played a big part in my journey to become a historic preservationist specializing in rock ‘n’ roll landmarks. In May 2006, ten years ago this month, my twin sister Sherry and I decided … Continue reading

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People Working to Save and Reopen Historic Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis

A guest post by Marvin Stockwell The Mid-South Coliseum, a mid-century modern, 11,200-seat venue built in 1964 and shuttered in 2007, is threatened with possible demolition. A City of Memphis plan proposes razing the building that once held concerts by … Continue reading

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Making a Splash: Six Cool Pool Sites

August is half gone, which means summer is coming to an end.  But it’s not too late to indulge in summer fantasies!  Fantasies of gorgeous, historic swimming pools, that is. A brief history of the swimming pool: the earliest pool … Continue reading

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Steamboating: Thinking Outside the Historic Preservation Box

Ah, summer.  Many summers in my childhood I eagerly anticipated the end of June because it meant I could spend a week with historic preservationists, if you think outside the box when defining “historic preservationist.”  I’ll admit, at the time I … Continue reading

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Six Summer Solstice Sites You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

With the northern hemisphere’s summer solstice upon us, it’s time for us to take another look at the day from the cultural heritage perspective and at sites dedicated to the summer solstice.  And no, we won’t be talking about Stonehenge, which is … Continue reading

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