The National Trust for Historic Preservation is reminding everyone that it is time to flex those preservationist muscles. Every year in May, local preservation groups, state historical societies, and business and civic organizations across the country celebrate Preservation Month through events that promote historic places and heritage tourism, and that demonstrate the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.
Preservation Month began as National Preservation Week in 1973. In 2005, the National Trust extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even greater opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states.
This year, the National Trust has suggested 31 ways to celebrate preservation month, including using the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters on social media to share the list with friends and to celebrate the historic places that are important in your local community. The clock on the Marshall Field’s/Macy’s building, Marina City Towers and Water Tower have been among the places recently shared on Instagram. What place matters to you? How will you mark Preservation Month?