On the Erasure of History by Luis Hoyos, Expert Member ACHP As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we must ensure historic preservation helps tell the story of all Americans. An important historic site to Latinos is Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles, California. It is one of the five high schools that participated in the 1968 Blowouts–when young Latinos rose up to protest bad schools.
HOUSTON – The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), in partnership with the nonprofit Space Center Houston and NASA, today announced additional funding for the restoration of the Apollo Mission Control Center (MCC) at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Texas, allowing the inclusion of the historic visitor Viewing Room. Space Center Houston raised $1 million to add to the already $3.1 million project to ensure the Viewing Room, a dedicated space where family members and VIP guests were able to observe mission controllers without disrupting them, is restored to its late 1960s state. The funding is being administered by the ACHP.
People Encouraged to ‘Picture Yourself in a Historic Place’ (WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- In recognition of National Historic Preservation Month in May, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), National Park Service, and National Trust for Historic Preservation today announced a photo contest inviting people to enter by sharing photos they have taken of themselves, family, and friends on their own social media sites and using the hashtag #MyHistoricPlace.
The ACHP continues to honor those who volunteer their time for historic preservation during April, National Volunteer Month. The Museum at Eldridge Street is a Preserve America Steward for demonstrating a successful use of volunteer time and commitment in order to help care for our nation’s historic heritage. Roberta Berken has spent the last 18 years as a docent at the Museum at Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and she says it has been a great gift to her. Berken moved to New York City in 2002 and was looking for something interesting to do. While attending a program at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, someone approached her and suggested she look into becoming a docent there.
An essay by Robert Stanton, Expert Member of the Advisory Council on History Preservation and former Director of the National Park Service. African American History Month has special meaning to me. As a son of the segregated South, I was 23 years of age before I was permitted to walk through the front door of a small cafe where my mother worked as a short-order cook, and I was bused 30 miles round trip each day for high school under the doctrine of “separate but equal.” Growing up, I could never imagine the opportunities I had in my lifetime that were made possible from the sacrifices and struggles of those who came before me. One of these giants to whom I am and shall remain grateful is Mr. Frederick Douglass.