Rural Heritage Publications

  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Forum Journal is a quarterly publication that features in-depth articles on a range of preservation topics.  The Winter 2010 issue is titled "Heritage-Based Rural Development" and features an article by Arkansas senator Blanch Lincoln.  To receive the Forum Journal and many other benefits, including access to on-line resources, become a Forum member today.
  • The Summer 2006 issue of Forum Journal, "Investing in Our Rural Heritage," includes articles on rural development and historic preservation.
  • Saving America's Countryside. This comprehensive guide to protecting our rural heritage was first published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1989 and updated in 1997. Co-authored by the founder of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Rural Heritage Program, Samuel Stokes, along with staff members Elizabeth Watson and Shelley Mastran, Saving America's Countryside was the first and is still the only comprehensive, step-by-step guide to protecting the natural, historic, scenic, and agricultural resources of a rural community. The authors show how to organize rural conservation efforts, inventory available resources, pass effective new laws, protect historic resources, set up land trusts, take advantage of federal programs, and change public attitudes. Numerous case studies from around the country are included. The updated edition of Saving America's Countryside is available in paperback from Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Getting Started in Heritage Areas. Building on more than 20 years of experience, this booklet includes information on launching heritage areas at the national, state and local heritage areas.
  • Protection of America's Scenic Byways. This booklet is a guide to the scenic byways programs at the national, state and local levels.
  • Dollars and Sense of Battlefield Preservation: the Economic Benefits of Protecting Civil War Battlefields. This booklet offers strategies for evaluating the costs and benefits of preservation and development on and near Civil War battlefields.
  • BARN AGAIN! Rehabilitation Guide.  This publication include tips for farmers and preservationists interested in converting historic farm buildings to contemporary agricultural uses.
  • Using Old Farm Buildings. This booklet serves as a practical guide to adapting different types of farm structures for a wide range of new agricultural uses.
  • Historic Barns: Working Assets for Sustainable Farms.  Information and case studies on how and why many sustainable farmers are re-using historic barns and older farm buildings as part of their operations.  A pdf of this publication may be downloaded free of charge.
  • Protecting Older and Historic Barns Through Barn Preservation Programs. This booklet includes ideas for developing a state or regional preservation program to draw attention to historic barns and to help owners find ways to reuse and rehabilitate them.
  • Preserving Rosenwald Schools. This booklet traces the history of the Rosenwald school building program, which funded the construction of almost 5,000 schools for African-Americans in the rural South between 1912 and 1932. Booklet includes tips for identifying former schools and case studies of Rosenwald school reuse projects.