by Michael R. Allen
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced the slogan for this year’s Preservation Month of May: Old is the New Green. That catchy theme fits the strong focus on environmental stewardship that preservation advocates have embraced as well as the necessity of thrift amid ongoing recession.
While historic preservation is a year-round pursuit, having 31 whole days to celebrate and educate offers wonderful opportunities to showcase historic buildings endangered or rejuvenated, spread information and skills, share photographs and ideas and engage the broad theme of “old is the new green.”
What can St. Louis do to celebrate Preservation Month? Will you and your neighbors help organize a walking tour, street fair, art walk, house tour or other event to showcase your historic architecture? Can transit advocates and urban farmers find ways to plug in?
We’ll find out!
Please send your Preservation Month event announcements to me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via the comments section and I will post them here in late April.