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Blogscroll: Zen Heritage, Voicemail Museum, Healing Preservation

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These are some of the most thoughtful and interesting blog discussions right now (that we know of) related to the topic of heritage preservation online. Note the date of the post, as these stay up indefinitely. If you do find a broken link, and more helpfully, a better source for the info, please share in the comments section.

The folks taking the time to share their thoughts in these quality posts appreciate your comments on their blogs.

Heritage values=Zen Habits? The popular life balance blog argues yes!

Paul Michael blogs about growing up in England, fascinated with the opportunity and diversity of the United States. But the corporatized American he discovered seven years ago deflated his dream. Walker writes about a documentary called “America Unchained” that follows Dave Gorman (yet another Brit),who seeks to cross America without spending any money at a corporately owned establishment. It’s much tougher than you think! Michael says:

“Life is about experiencing the differences and the riches that make us all so unique. And if I have to pay a dime extra for a can of green beans or a gallon of gas, well, maybe that’s well worth the price.” Read more at Zen Habits.

Strength for America through Historic Preservation Policy

Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics and President of Heritage Strategies International, wrote series of blog posts on why historic preservation should be an integral part of US foreign policy. He also offers up 10 ways for the U.S. federal government to start, including: follow-up services for visitors, conference scholarships, short-course training, development banks, Department of Interior international office, federal agency expertise, a specific line item in foreign assistance, Ambassador’s Fund expansion, taking the lead on Habitat Agenda item IV C-8, and trade negotiations. According to Rypkema:

“If there is one adjective that describes the impact of historic preservation it is that one – healing. Healing our cities, healing our neighborhoods, healing our downtowns, healing our small towns, healing our economies – all by healing our historic resources.”

If historic preservation has proven to be such a healing tool in America, it needs to be a healing tool supported by America in the rest of the world..” Read more at Heritage Strategies.

Investigating the power of voice via virtual museum

Just when you thought she couldn’t possibly be any more inventive, Nina Simon kicks it up a notch with a brand new experiment in conversation: The Voicemail Museum. If you’ve never heard of Nina Simon, check out my podcast interview with her. With Voicemail Museum, she is looking to explore the potential use of cellphones as feedback devices,  learn more about the relationship between feedback format and quantity/quality of input, and find questions that yield amazing visitor-created content. Simon says:

“This could be a really simple and powerful way for visitors to share comments using their own devices. The museum would set up a bunch of unique voicemail accounts for different exhibits and then post the phone numbers on text labels. A museum without a phone system could even do this the way I did: register free phone numbers with a web-based voicemail service and receive the messages directly to your email inbox.” Give her a ring.

That’s all from the Town Hall for now. Heard any other great conversations on heritage out there? Let us know about it.

• Image of Samuel Adams Statue by wallyg on Flickr

• Image of Melbourne Town Hall by Straußer on Flickr

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So, what is "Voices of the Past?"

By Jeff Guin

Excellent question! And the answer is evolving with the web. For now, let’s just say it started as a dream–literally and figuratively.

We’ve been hearing about Web 2.0 for a couple of years now. Like a lot of folks, I sat on the sidelines to see if it really had legs. Spectating led to genuine interest, which led to experimentation and ultimately realization of the empowering nature of the social web. And the opportunity each person now has to find his or her own voice.

It got me thinking: how has the heritage community conducted outreach to this point? By putting out yet another newsletter to tell a few thousand folks how good it is?  Or contracting another sparsely updated website packed with pdfs and technical explanations?

Those questions led to another one: what would happen if we sought to inspire connections to heritage values through direct engagement rather than controlling information or telling people what to think? Without regard to education or experience. A place that virtually shouts “If you value heritage, you’re welcome here.”

The social web is about real interaction. To give people the opportunity to feel like they are a part of the conversation, rather than excluded from it. Of course, the best thing about this new world is that it’s easy to engage in and practically free.

All it requires is an open mind and a little curiosity. Which was my state of mind waking up one morning in late June with the idea of a netcast that ties together heritage values and social media. It wasn’t easy to get to this point! But too many magical things have fallen into place for me to believe I was wasting my time. But this is just a launch pad. Without your participation, it’s all for naught.

How to participate? The first thing you can do is use this site’s interactive capabilities. Comment on the news and blogs. Suggest future story ideas. You can also take high-quality photos and video of your events and preservation projects and then share them using the great social media tools out there. Use the tag “preservationtoday” on your content if you would like to share it with the rest of the community and possibly get it reported on the netcast.

So, what is Voices of the Past? I’ve answered as much as I can. The rest is up to you.

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Top five sources for disaster response information

With the frequency of epic disasters in recent years, the preservation community is quickly adopting the Boy Scout motto “be prepared” in its approach to the recovery of heritage resources. Pages dedicated to the topic are popping up all over the web. Here are our picks for five of the best.

AIC Disaster Recovery Resources

The American Institute for Conservation links to recovery of various types of materials and also health-related considerations. Disaster-related articles from back Issues of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC). Also links to the findings of the Ground Zero/World Trade Center disaster.

Disaster planning for collections

The Society for Historical Archaeology administers this page on disaster response. It is practical in its approach, giving details on useful publications as well as ordering information. It also includes step-by-step instruction (with images, no less) on needed supplies, triage considerations and drying methods.

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NCPTT disaster recovery page

The official disaster recovery site for the National Park Service, this site links to pages with of FEMA and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force. Content can be filtered by need, including damage assessment, earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricane recovery, wet recovery. Also contains downloadable PDFs and National Weather Service advisories.

Solinet Preservation Disaster Recovery Page

Easy-to-navigate page of links listed by both disaster and material type. Also includes a handy “advice” section on preparedness and choosing vendors as well as navigating the FEMA and disaster aid process.

National Trust Flood Recovery

An assortment of flood response web pages and pdfs assembled as a direct response to the summer floods in the Midwest. Includes a breakdown of the affected area by state along with links to affected cultural institutions.

We know there have to be additional resources out there. If you know of others, please share them.

Disaster recovery playlist from YouTube

Featured thumbnail photo by Alice Ann Krishnan

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