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.
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.