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.
The Marine Corps Poster Series highlights historic properties in Marine Corps care. The ACHP worked with staff at the Marine Corps and the National Park Service to support showcasing historic properties and giving the story of their founding and use by the Marines throughout history. The “Defending Our Cultural Heritage” sites featured included the Oldest Post in the Corps: Marine Corps Barracks Washington; World War II Legacy at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Montford Point training camp for the first African American Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; 450-year Expeditionary Legacy at Parris Island, South Carolina; and Remembering California’s Ranches, San Diego, California, near Camp Pendleton.