June 6, 2012 |
From battlefields to bridges, historic sites across the country are facing demolition, neglect and encroaching developments. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has added 11 more places to the list of the country's most endangered, including a Revolutionary War battlefield, Malcolm X's home in Boston and the Philadelphia gym where Joe Frazier once trained. The trust is a Washington-based nonprofit that seeks to preserve sites of historic significance. Every year, the group identifies a list of buildings and places that it considers most endangered.
November 14, 2004 |
After restoring a home on the site of the Carroll County, Md., birthplace of Francis Scott Key, millionaire history buff William F. Chaney is selling it. The property's connection to the writer of "The Star-Spangled Banner" captivated Chaney, who bought Terra Rubra -- the name means "Red Earth" -- for $1.3 million two years ago.
May 1, 2007 |
Two fires ravaged historic sites in the nation's capital, one gutting part of a 134-year-old market and the other destroying irreplaceable documents and art at the Georgetown public library branch. Fire Chief Dennis L. Rubin said the fires were unrelated. The first blaze tore through the Eastern Market, a Capitol Hill landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city-owned building was empty at the time and there were no injuries, Rubin said.
October 30, 2004 |
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has signed a 25-year lease to take over a federal historic site where a group of Mormon pioneers are believed to have died in a snowstorm. The Mormon Church and the Bureau of Land Management signed papers in Cheyenne covering 930 acres of public land at Martin's Cove near Casper, culminating years of negotiations.
October 6, 1987 |
The House on Monday approved legislation to create a national historic site within a 650-acre preservation district in former President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Ga. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Richard Ray (D-Ga.), was passed by a voice vote and sent to the Senate, where a similar bill died last year because there was not enough time for a hearing.
February 20, 1992 |
Fifty years ago, amid wartime paranoia, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an order that transformed 500 desolate acres in eastern California into an internment camp, ringed by barbed wire and occupied by Japanese-Americans who were feared as possible traitors. Marking the anniversary Wednesday, the House voted 400 to 13 to approve a bill designating the Manzanar camp in the Owens Valley as a national historic site, clearing the way for possible reconstruction of the camp's buildings.