HISTORY BUZZ: HISTORY NEWS RECAP
HISTORY BUZZ: HISTORY NEWS RECAP
By Bonnie K. Goodman
Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, Inc. in 2011.
IN FOCUS: THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION ANNOUNCED ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY LIST OF THE MOST ENDANGERED PLACES — ADDED 11 MORE TO THEIR LIST
- Ellis Island Hospital Complex, New York Harbor, NY and NJ
- Historic Post Office Buildings, Nationwide
- Joe Frazier’s Gym, Philadelphia, PA
- Bridges of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
- Princeton Battlefield, Princeton, NJ
- Malcolm X – Ella Little-Collins House, Boston, MA
- Terminal Island, Port of Los Angeles, CA
- Sweet Auburn Historic District, Atlanta, GA
- Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch, Billings County, ND
- Texas Courthouses, State of Texas
- The Village of Zoar, Zoar, OH
Post offices, Ellis Island join endangered list: The National Trust for Historic Preservation announces its 2012 list of the 11 most endangered historic places. This year’s list includes historic U.S. Post Office buildings nationwide, the historic Atlanta district where Martin Luther King Jr. was born, the boyhood home of Malcolm X in Boston, the hospital complex at Ellis Island in New York Harbor, and the courthouses of Texas, among others….
Hundreds of historic U.S. post offices nationwide face uncertain futures as the U.S. Postal Service downsizes, so preservationists on Wednesday added these American institutions to the list of the country’s most endangered historic places.
Post offices will join the list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places as a group for the first time…. – AP, 6-6-12
- America’s 11 most endangered historic places: As the saying goes, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can stay U.S. postal carriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. But according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, many of the historic structures that once employed (or still employ) those carriers are facing uncertain futures.
“Due to the U.S. Postal Services haphazard disposition process, developers and others interested in purchasing and rehabbing these buildings end up walking away after failing to get timely or clear answers from the Postal Service,” notes the organization, which included historic U.S. post offices on its 2012 list of the country’s most endangered places.
This year marks the 25th anniversary for the list, which has spotlighted 242 locations threatened by neglect, insufficient funding, nearby development or poor public policy. The group’s successes range from JFK International Airport’s TWA terminal (listed in 2003, Eero Saarinen’s architectural masterpiece is now being restored) to the oldest surviving McDonald’s in Downey, Calif. Built in 1953, the fast-food landmark was listed in 1994 after weak sales and minor damage from that year’s Northridge earthquake nearly forced its closure, but “widespread public outcry” prompted McDonald’s to revamp and renovate the building.
Not all the trust’s endangered places have had happy endings, however. According to the trust’s president, Stephanie Meeks, 10 sites have been lost over the past quarter century – including such high-profile venues as Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater (abandoned in 2006 and then demolished) and Detroit’s Tiger Stadium (demolished in 2009)…. – USA Today, 6-6-12
- Ellis Island, post offices, other national sites join National Trust for Historic Preservation: Hundreds of historic US post offices nationwide face uncertain futures as the US Postal Service downsizes, so preservationists on Wednesday added these American institutions to the list of the country’s most endangered historic places…. – NY Daily News, 6-6-12