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sense of place

Recognition of the Jewish past in Western Ukraine: Changing for the better

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Barn built on stones scavenged from a Jewish cemetery in Ukraine. Photo credit: Jonathan Schaffer

Barn built on stones scavenged from a Jewish cemetery in Ukraine. Photo credit: Jonathan Schaffer

I recently returned from a visit to the former Jewish shtetls of my ancestors now located in present-day Ukraine. This was my second trip in less than a decade, but it felt very different from my initial experience in 2010. Read More

Farm Road: Rural gentrification and the erasure of history

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Farm Road, May 2016. Photo credit: David Rotenstein.

Farm Road, May 2016. Photo credit: David Rotenstein.

In its infancy, gentrification was a word used to describe changes in urban neighborhoods. Now, gentrification has been documented in suburbs and rural areas around the world. It is even sweeping through Washington, DC’s suburban counties, where farmlands are being converted into housing and mixed-use developments. Read More

Exhibiting a unique artistic legacy at the South Side Community Art Center

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"A Great Day In Bronzeville" Photo Credit: John Moye, May 28, 2005

“A Great Day In Bronzeville,” May 28, 2005. Photo credit: John Moye

Editor’s Note: This post is part of a special online section accompanying issue 37 (2) of The Public Historian, guest edited by Lisa Junkin Lopez, which focuses on the future of historic house museums. Read More

Why do old places matter?

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“As I settle in a place, the place settles me.” Juhani Pallasmma, Forum Journal (Spring 2015)

00_29.3Cover_smallMore than fifteen months ago, my colleague at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Tom Mayes, embarked on a journey. For six months, he lived at the American Academy in Rome researching and thinking about one of the most central tenets of our profession: Why Do Old Places Matter? Read More