Last week at the National Trust’s annual conference we talked a lot about how to attract a wider audience to historic preservation. One of the conclusions that we came to is that a lot of people are already preservationists – they just don’t know it! So I’ve put together a little list of preservation related traits to help you spot a preservationist (including yourself!).
You might be a preservationist if…
- You want to live in a walkable neighborhood close to shops, restaurants and businesses.
- You think old buildings have charm.
- You love the unique quirks and places that make your community special.
- You love history.
- You get excited about innovative uses of old spaces – like a microbrewery in an old factory, or condos in a former school building!
- You go out of your way to patronize local businesses – especially if they have a cool location or are downtown.
- You’d rather go to the small old theater with the awesome marquee and real-life stage than the cineplex.
- You enjoy it when locally produced products and local businesses have names inspired by local historical events, people or places.
- You have ever worked to save a place that was important to you or your community because it was associated with an important person or event in your community’s history.
How would you finish this sentence? Leave your answer in the comments!