11 Most Endangered List 2008

By Erin Carlson Mast

The National Trust for Historic Preservation issued their annual 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list Wednesday, May 20th.  The list highlights “important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk for destruction or irreparable damage.”  

Richard Moe, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was interviewed about the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places of 2008 at President Lincoln’s Cottage, which made the list back in 2000.  Moe explains how the Cottage is one of the success stories of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list.

When the Cottage was nominated for the 11 Most Endangered list back in 2000, it was known as “Anderson Cottage,” a name applied to the building in the late 19th century in honor of Maj. Robert Anderson, and was still being used as staff offices by the Armed Forces Retirement Home.  The National Trust then entered into a cooperative agreement with the Home, taking on the responsibility of preserving and developing the site to open it to the public. The National Trust continues to steward the site to this day as well as the adjacent 1905 building, which the National Trust leased from the Home, to serve as a the visitor center for the Cottage.   To learn more about how you can nominate an historic place for next year’s list, visit the National Trust online at http://www.preservationnation.org/.

Ms. Mast is the Curator at President Lincoln’s Cottage

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