Miles to Go
By James H. Schwartz | From Preservation | January/February 2010
Get outta town. It's just about the best advice I can give anyone interested in good mental health—or preservation. You never know what you'll discover.
Last year, suggestions from readers and a collection of frequent flier miles allowed me to experience some extraordinary historic sites across the country. I explored a diminutive clapboard schoolhouse in Montana that dates to 1895 and stands on the road from Luther to Red Lodge. Then I headed south on the Beartooth Highway, built with federal funds in the 1930s and now benefiting from reconstruction and rehabilitation. (That's me, above, looking exhilarated, on a stretch of the highway east of Cooke City.) I also sailed past a historic lighthouse off the coast of Maine, decommissioned by the U.S. government but now maintained with enormous care by a private owner.
Why am I recounting my 2009 itineraries? Because I hope they'll inspire you to get out of your town in 2010. And when you find surprising sites or compelling preservation tales on your travels, please let us know. To accommodate your stories and give them all the space they deserve, we've created a Letters to the Editor site online. Click on PreservationNation.org/magazine to see comments from readers and responses from editors.
I recently heard from one Preservation reader who's about to embark on his own grand adventure. Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for 17 years and the man who presided over our dramatic expansion and increasingly effective advocacy efforts, will retire in a few months. All of us at the magazine, and all of our colleagues at the Trust, will miss his leadership—and you'll miss his President's Notes. But Dick has promised to keep us up to date on his travels and writings. We wish him all the best, and we hope you'll do the same.
Happy New Year.
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