What would you nominate as one of America's 11 Most Endangered Places?
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting nominations for its annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The list highlights a variety of historic or culturally important places around the US at risk because of structural damage, lack of funding, or other forms of neglect.
We're not sure why the National Trust chose 11 as the magic number, but we think it's a good idea to focus attention on our own cultural icons that are in danger of disappearing.
"Historic places are a tangible reminder of who we are as a nation," said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in the agency's release today. "For over 25 years, the National Trust's list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places has helped shine a spotlight on threatened historic places throughout the nation, helping not only to preserve these places, but also galvanizing local support for the preservation of other unique, irreplaceable treasures that make our nation and local communities special."
Nominees don't have to be famous, but they have to be significant within their own cultural context, illustrate important issues in preservation and have a need for immediate action to stop or reverse serious threats.
For additional information, e-mail 11Most@savingplaces.org or call 202.588.6141. To learn more about the program and to submit a nomination, visit: www.preservationnation.org/11most and follow the National Trust @PresNation and 11 Most list #11Most.