Friday, August 20, 2010

Recent Finds . . .

Contemplating what I was going to post about tonight, I went to the National Trust for Historical Preservation's website to find an update on federal funding for historic preservation. Here is their most up-to-date section on the President's 2011 budget and its cuts in funding for historic preservation programs. Outlook is still unclear.

However, I did find something that cheered and intrigued me: the Slave Cabin Project. Joe McGill, who is a staffer at the National Trust and a Civil War reenactor, has decided to spend the night in a few slave cabins in South Carolina. He is trying to get a sense of what life might have been like for the people who lived in these homes and, as he says, "assist in bringing attention to an aspect of American history that is often overlooked." Very interesting!