Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California
Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California

Spotlight on At-Risk Sites

A group shares a list of historic places worth saving.

A city can share a story. A town can tell a tale. Houses hold hidden history. And lighthouses shine a light on the past. To carry on the stories, these places must be protected. The National Trust for Historic aims to do that. On May 1, the group shared a list called “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”

This list comes out every year. It raises awareness about treasured spots tied to American history. Carol Quillen leads the Trust. She explained that people’s view of history has changed. Today, people know “that history ought to tell the full American story,” Quillen said. That includes “groups and places previously left at the .”

Plenty of places on the 2024 list are tied to people. One spot is the Cindy Walker House in Mexia, Texas. Cindy Walker was a country music songwriter. She wrote a lot of hits in the 1900s. But as a female artist, Walker’s work was often overlooked. Walker’s old house is still standing. But it has roof leaks and other damage.

Then, there’s Eatonville, Florida. It was one of the first all-Black U.S. towns. Men freed from slavery created it in 1887. Zora Neale Hurston grew up in Eatonville. She was a famous and author. Now, many of the town’s historic buildings need repairs.

An area in Massachusetts made the list too. Minute Man National Historical Park is where the started in 1775. In the 1800s, famous writers stayed in nearby homes. They include Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott. The area also has Walden Pond. But there are plans to make a nearby airport bigger. That could bring more traffic, more noise, and more harm to the land.

The spots on the list are all across the country. In the west, there’s Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California. from Japan started settling in that neighborhood in 1885. Across the country, there is the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse in New York. It sits in the middle of the Hudson River. The lighthouse opened in 1874 to warn ships away from an island in the river. But it could collapse if people don’t take care of it.

One endangered American place isn’t in America at all. It’s in the African nation of Morocco! In 1821, the sultan of Morocco gave the United States a building. It’s called the Tangier American Legation. This gift was a sign of friendship. For about 150 years, the building was the base for American . Now, it’s a museum that needs some fixing up.

People will keep working to protect these sites — and their stories.

Updated May 3, 2024, 5:02 P.M. (ET)
By Ashley Morgan

Spotlight on At-Risk Sites

A group shares a list of historic places worth saving.

Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California
Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California

A city can share a story. A town can tell a tale. Houses hold hidden history. And lighthouses shine a light on the past. To carry on the stories, these places must be protected. The National Trust for Historic aims to do that. On May 1, the group shared a list called “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”

This list comes out every year. It raises awareness about treasured spots tied to American history. Carol Quillen leads the Trust. She explained that people’s view of history has changed. Today, people know “that history ought to tell the full American story,” Quillen said. That includes “groups and places previously left at the .”

Plenty of places on the 2024 list are tied to people. One spot is the Cindy Walker House in Mexia, Texas. Cindy Walker was a country music songwriter. She wrote a lot of hits in the 1900s. But as a female artist, Walker’s work was often overlooked. Walker’s old house is still standing. But it has roof leaks and other damage.

Then, there’s Eatonville, Florida. It was one of the first all-Black U.S. towns. Men freed from slavery created it in 1887. Zora Neale Hurston grew up in Eatonville. She was a famous and author. Now, many of the town’s historic buildings need repairs.

An area in Massachusetts made the list too. Minute Man National Historical Park is where the started in 1775. In the 1800s, famous writers stayed in nearby homes. They include Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott. The area also has Walden Pond. But there are plans to make a nearby airport bigger. That could bring more traffic, more noise, and more harm to the land.

The spots on the list are all across the country. In the west, there’s Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California. from Japan started settling in that neighborhood in 1885. Across the country, there is the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse in New York. It sits in the middle of the Hudson River. The lighthouse opened in 1874 to warn ships away from an island in the river. But it could collapse if people don’t take care of it.

One endangered American place isn’t in America at all. It’s in the African nation of Morocco! In 1821, the sultan of Morocco gave the United States a building. It’s called the Tangier American Legation. This gift was a sign of friendship. For about 150 years, the building was the base for American . Now, it’s a museum that needs some fixing up.

People will keep working to protect these sites — and their stories.

Updated May 3, 2024, 5:02 P.M. (ET)
By Ashley Morgan

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