March 2008 - Vol. 22, No. 3
Kerri Broome, editor
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The Cleveland Restoration Society brings you breaking news about local, state, and national preservation issues, up-to-the-minute information about advocacy efforts, and a calendar of events.

 CRS Awarded $147,000 from National Trust
 to strengthen local preservation efforts

National Trust logo On February 20 the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded to the Cleveland Restoration Society a $147,000 Partners in the Field matching grant. CRS will use this funding to expand on-the-ground field services in northeastern Ohio and access to low-interest rehabilitation loans for homeowners. Twenty-four organizations nationally were selected as recipients of the inaugural, multi- year Partner in the Field grants. CRS was eligible for the new matching grants because it is an official partner of the Trust. "Our statewide and local partners, including Cleveland Restoration Society, are at the creative forefront of preservation in the 21st century," said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust. "This recognition by the National Trust is powerful affirmation of our economic development work," said Kathleen H. Crowther, CRS executive director. "Our assistance programs have direct, positive impact on neighborhood stability and property value appreciation. This award will allow us to help more areas of Cleveland and a greater number of communities across Northeast Ohio to strengthen historic districts and traditional community centers." The full press release is available online.


 World Heritage Tentative List Announced
 3 Ohio sites included

Serpent Mound On January 22, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior announced a list of 14 sites deemed eligible for nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The sites on this "tentative list" include 3 Ohio locations: Dayton Aviation Sites, Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, and Serpent Mound (shown above). Countries are required to create a tentative list as the first step in nominating a site to the World Heritage List. The 14 sites can now be considered over the next ten years for inclusion in the World Heritage List. The World Heritage List recognizes the most significant cultural and national treasures on the planet and includes 851 sites in 140 countries.


 Nominations for Ohio's Most Endangered
 March 14 deadline

Preservation Ohio has announced a Call for Nominations for the 2008 List of Ohio's Most Endangered Historic Sites. This listing is issued annually to draw attention to significant buildings and groups of buildings, including downtowns and neighborhoods, bridges, archeological sites, farmsteads and roads which are threatened by demolition, neglect, or a need for significant funding. Nominations are due by Friday,
March 14.


 Lincoln Cottage Opens to Public
 newest National Trust Historic Site

Lincoln Cottage On February 19, 2008 the National Trust for Historic Preservation unveiled its newest historic site, President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, DC. The cottage opens following a $15 million restoration. Located on a hilltop three miles north of the Capitol, President Lincoln's Cottage is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln's presidency aside from the White House. During the Civil War, President Lincoln and his family resided here during the warmer months of 1862, 1863, and 1864. The cottage is one of 29 National Trust Historic Sites.


 Preservation Ohio Rolls Out Revised Website

In February Preservation Ohio launched a revised main website that coordinates its new Member Center, MyHometownOhio blog, and Facebook page into a new, single interface. Through the site you can read about and take part in ongoing discussions about preservation matters across the state, arrange to have alerts emailed to your computer or sent via text message to your PDA or cell phone, and post local news, information, photos and events. Check it out!


 Urban Issues Online
 focuses on public policy issues

More information about some of Northeast Ohio's most pressing planning and development issues is at your fingertips when you go online and watch the latest season of Urban Issues. The 30-minute cable television program is produced by Cleveland State University students to focus on public policy issues and Greater Cleveland's future. Hosted by Norm Krumholz, show topics include Foreclosure Prevention in Cuyahoga County, Industrial Landbanking, Strategic Development: The Port Authority's New Strategic Plan, and Regionalism in Practice: The Avon Interchange. The link includes scheduling information as well as programs from past seasons.


 Economic News from Ohio's Regions
 new weekly e-newsletter

The Ohio Urban University Program and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University have collaborated to launch a new weekly email bulletin called Economic News from Ohio's Regions. The publication searches Ohio's papers to bring you economic news and key happenings that impact Ohio. The first edition highlighted the "Mortgage Mess" in addition to stories on jobless rates, property taxes and various editorials. If you don't already receive this, consider joining their mailing list.


 Arts Day 2008
 join in the day-long celebration

Arts Day 2008 Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council are joining together to present Arts Day 2008 in Columbus on April 16. The mission of Arts Day is to provide an opportunity for arts advocates to engage with legislators to communicate the value of and need for adequate public funding for the arts and arts education. The day will feature an advocacy briefing, legislative visists, student exhibitions, and the Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon. Reservations for the events are required and accepted online only.


 OAHSM Regional Meetings
 "keeping Ohio's history healthy"

The Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums has announced the schedule for its 2008 regional meetings, to be held on Saturdays in March and April. The OAHSM is composed of local historic societies, historic preservation groups, history museums, archives, libraries, and genealogical societies throughout the state. The meeting for region 3, which includes Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, and Summit Counties, will be held on April 14. Region 4's meeting, for Ashtabula, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage, and Trumbull Counties, will be held on April 26. Registration ends 5 days prior to each meeting.


 Humanities Week 2008 Observed Locally
 "Cityscapes" activities planned March 24 -29

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University is marking Humanities Week with a series of events exploring the theme of city and its broader environs both historically and today. Programs will examine the city as a crucible of creative change; a physical, political, and social entity; and a real and imaginary place that has provoked some of the most important work in the arts and humanities. Events include a film series, lectures, a conference, and an art exhibition. All events and conference sessions are open to the public. Online conference registration is recommended.


 Calendar of Events
 what to do, where to do it, and when to go

March 5
Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting
Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland
7:00 - 9:30 a.m., Walk-ins welcome
Greater Cleveland Partnership

March 5
Statehood Day
Ohio Satehouse Atrium, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
RSVP to Todd Kleismit, 614-297-2355

March 5
Green $ense
Pittsburgh, $$$
Green Building Alliance

March 5
"Preservation of Historic Homes and Buildings"
Richfield Village Town Hall Meeting Room, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland Restoration Society, Sara Hobbs
Richfield Town Trust

March 8
2nd Annual Sustainable Energy Festival
Fairless High School, Navarre
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., $$
Green Energy Ohio and The Wilderness Center

March 10-11
Beyond the Velvet Ropes: Successful House Museums for the 21st Century
Wausau, Wisconsin, Registration required, $$
National Trust for Historic Preservation

March 11
"The Greenest Building is Already Built!"
Oberlin College, Center for Environmental Studies, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland Restoration Society
Lorain County Preservation Network
Oberlin Heritage Center

March 15
SNOOP! of Idea Center
1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, 10:00 a.m.
Free to CRS members, RSVP to Erin Dorsey
Cleveland Restoration Society

March 19
"Mapping Ohio's Communities" GIS Workshop
Bedford, registration required, $$$
New Urban Research, Inc.

March 30 - April 2
National Main Streets Conference
Philadelphia, registration required, $$$
National Trust for Historic Preservation


 Save the Date!

April 11
"Photographic Processes: History and Identification"
Cleveland Public Library, Lakeshore Facility
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., register by 4/1, $$
Intermuseum Conservation Association
Ohio Preservation Council

April 16
Arts in Ohio Day 2008
Columbus, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Reservations online only
Ohio Arts Council
Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation

April 19
OAHSM Region 3 Meeting
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron
Register by 4/14, $$
Ohio Association of Historical Societies & Museums

April 26
OAHSM Region 4 Meeting
Hiram College, Hiram
Register by 4/21, $$
Ohio Association of Historical Societies & Museums

April 28 - 30
Urban Forum 2008
Indianapolis, registration is open, $$$
Local Initiatives Support Corporation

May 6 -8
Heritage Ohio Annual Awards and Conference
Bowling Green
Heritage Ohio

May 6
Celebration of Preservation
Ohio Theatre, 5:30 p.m.
Cleveland Restoration Society
AIA Cleveland

May 28 - 31
11th US/ICOMOS International Symposium
Washington, DC, registration is open, $$$


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