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This year’s theme for National Preservation Month is “Celebrating America’s Treasures.” And what better time to embrace America’s treasures than Memorial Day weekend? Desperate to get away for the three-day weekend and haven’t finalized your plans? The National Trust for Historic Preservation website is brimming with cool travel destinations and creative ideas on how you can support preservation like staying at an historic hotel with Jazz Age character. If you’ve already settled on your final destination, why not break up the drive with a stop at an intriguing turn-of-the-century building or historic Main Street. With more than 80,000 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, finding a landmark near you, wherever you are, is easier than you might think.

May - National Preservatioin Month - National Historic Landmarks

(Clockwise left to right) Franklin Battlefield/McGavock Cemetery (Tennessee), U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado), The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, Mount Rainier National Park

For those of you staying put (and far from the expected 31 million Memorial Day travelers), why not check out your home town offerings — maybe that Civil War cemetery or Art Deco movie palace tour you’ve always been meaning to see. If your passion is modern design, visit DOCOMOMO. This non-profit with chapters across the U.S. is committed to protecting the architecture, landscape and urban design of the Modern Movement.

To incorporate National Preservation Month into your own home, check out HGTV.com’s United States of Design. And if you’re interested in helping build up your community, Rebuilding Together and DOCOMOMO are great places to start.

3 Responses

  1. Michelle says:

    Is it a stage light?

  2. bethevenson says:

    I am blessed that I have not had anyone close to me pass away, so I really only thought of Memorial Day as just a day to be off and have a picnic. My client today told me about a cemetery near my home that is great to go to on Memorial Day and look at the flags. She said it was really nice and meaningful to see, so I am considering going.

  3. Anna_hgtv says:

    Absolutely. And many historic cemeteries encourage that. I found this on the website for Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. http://www.oaklandcemetery.com/
    During the 19th Century, the “rural garden” cemetery movement emerged as an alternative to crowded graveyards. Oakland exemplifies this movement. In the Victorian spirit, the garden cemetery featured winding paths, large shade trees, flowers, and shrubs, and appealing vistas. It was meant for the living as well as departed loved ones—just like Oakland today. The garden cemetery concept was a forerunner of public park development in America.

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