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Historic Preservation

There IS Something We Can Do About It

History is being flooded, too: Slave records, jazz archives, Jefferson Davis’ mansion: Hurricane Katrina has put them all in peril. by Rebecca Traister (Salon, September 10)

Please, after reading this article, make an effort to visit some place like the Scott Joplin House in St. Louis, the Museum of Labor and Industry in Belleville, Illinois or somesuch. Better yet, ask these places if they need a hand with things. Preservation efforts aren’t just threatened by floodwaters — apathy is still the biggest destroyer of our past.

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