Preservation Month

May is National Preservation Month

Since the National Trust for Historic Preservation created Preservation Week in 1971 -to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities. Now, there are celebrations all over the country during the month of May. This year’s theme is “See! Save! Celebrate!” Click here to download high-res versions of the logo for use in your local marketing efforts.

Preservation Texas wants to promote your event, so be sure and send me your event links and photos to terri@preservationtexas.org. Here are a few promotional ideas from National Trust to get you started:

Community Service Opportunities: Possible projects might include a clean-up day at a local house museum or along a historic Main Street. Consider partnering with other local nonprofit organizations in your area to sponsor the event. This will allow you to forge new relationships to build on in the future and will also provide an opportunity to attract new volunteers that may not be familiar with your organization or site.

Demonstration Projects: Many people who own a historic property enjoy learning more about restoration techniques and new products. Consider hosting lectures, workshops, or demonstrations for historic home owners. Topics might include how to select appropriate paint colors, proper methods to repair older windows, plant choices for historic garden styles, or ideas for improving energy efficiency in older homes.

Special Events: Host building tours, open houses, living history events, and special exhibits for your members and potential new members or supporters. Sponsor a photography contest and post the photos on your website or ask folks to send in letters about their favorite local landmark. Don’t forget to take advantage of social media. (Use Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter – hashtag for Preservation Month 2013 is #presmonth).

Email us at terri@preservation.org and tell us what is happening in your Texas community!