By James H. Schwartz | From Preservation | July/August 2008
It took less than a week for me to discover the open secret at the National Trust for Historic Preservation: Whatever story you're writing, whatever piece of information you require, somebody here has it at his or her fingertips. This place is a new editor's dream.
Researching a story about art deco landmarks? Check in with the staff planning October's National Preservation Conference. You'll learn, as I did, that Tulsa is a treasure trove of buildings from the 1920s and '30s—a stunning array that ranges from the early days of deco to its streamlined apogee. Here at Preservation, we got so excited about Tulsa's architectural heritage that we sent Contributing Editor Wayne Curtis to investigate. Check out his story on page 38 and start planning your visit. I did, and you can be sure I'll carry along this issue as my guide.
Trying to nail down a tale about Frank Lloyd Wright's sole commission in Alabama? Pick up the phone and call the experts in Historic Sites. Not only did they confirm that Wright had in fact designed a tiny house in Florence, Ala., they also explained that—remarkably—city officials raised the cash to save the house from collapse, then restored it and opened it to the public. It's an inspiring success story, and you can learn more about it on page 32.
Assistant Editor Krista Walton, Special Projects Coordinator Carrie Johnson, and our gifted colleagues at Preservation pulled out all the stops to cover the National Trust's list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2008. (We also received invaluable help from our corporate partners at The History Channel.) Then we took the story to the next level by complementing our feature with a series of easy steps anyone can take to help protect these vital places.
Highlighting practical ways you can make a difference—wherever you live—is just one of the changes you'll notice in our magazine. In months to come, you'll also see more features about historic homes and places, more travel stories, and more tales about the ways Americans are enhancing their communities nationwide. You told us you wanted more stories like these—we'll bring them to you.
It's no secret that Preservation readers are passionate about this magazine. (One look through the letters to the editor and it's obvious you're reading closely.) I hope you'll spend some extra time with this and coming issues, then tell me what you think of our expanded coverage. You can write to me at Preservation_editor@nthp.org .
I look forward to hearing from you.
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