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“Touching History: Preservation in Practice” Program Provides Technical Preservation Experiences for Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Morgan State University (MSU) students are participating in a program this summer that aims to bring young African American students working toward architecture degrees into historic preservation and related career paths.

Commemorative video

WASHINGTON, DC — A project that restored the historic Apollo Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to its late-1960s state was recognized today by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation with the ACHP Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation.

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Senate yesterday voted to confirm Aimee Jorjani as the first full-time chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

“I am honored to be confirmed as the first full-time chairman of the ACHP and look forward to working with Congress, the Administration, Indian tribes, preservation partners, and state and local governments to further stewardship of historic properties while encouraging economic development and heritage tourism,” Ms. Jorjani said. “I will work to ensure historic preservation considerations are efficient, effective, and that early consultation contributes to a better process.”

HOUSTON, TX — Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson FAIA, Executive Director John Fowler, and several staff members attended the ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony for the newly restored Apollo Mission Control Center (MCC) at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, June 28.

The ACHP assisted with the funding of the project by managing the $4 million raised by Space Center Houston and the City of Webster, Texas. NASA cannot accept public donations that have a targeted purpose, but the ACHP has authority to do so.

By Milford Wayne Donaldson FAIA, LEED AP
Chairman, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the day Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle on the moon. To commemorate the anniversary and preserve the unique history of that day, NASA has completed a restoration of the Apollo Mission Control Center (MCC) at Johnson Space Center (JSC) just outside Houston, Texas. On June 28, I will attend a ceremony at JSC to celebrate the completion of the project.