Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with #ThisPlaceMattersHsv Social Media Campaign

May 16, 2016

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The City of Huntsville is encouraging social media users to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month by sharing their favorite local historical sites. To participate, social media users can tweet, post or snap a photo of their favorite historical locations using the hashtag #ThisPlaceMattersHsv and #ThisPlaceMatters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

From the Historic Huntsville Depot’s Civil War ties to one of the South’s largest concentration of antebellum homes in the Twickenham Historic District to the historic Redstone Rocket test stands on Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville’s history is worth preserving and celebrating.

Jessica White, City of Huntsville Preservation Consultant, explains how social media can play an important part in preservation efforts.

“Whether it’s Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or another social media channel, people are tuned into social,” White said. “What better way to spread the word about Huntsville’s history and the efforts we are taking as a city to make sure that history is around to be studied and celebrated for future generations.”

White will be taping a video segment at Glenwood Cemetery today at 10 a.m., at the intersection of Hall Avenue and Cemetery Street.

Year-round social media users can follow the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission on Facebook for preservation updates.

In addition to encouraging social media users to submit their own favorites using #ThisPlaceMattersHsv, online users are encouraged to join in the following digital happenings:

Preservation Twitter Takeover
On Friday, May 27th, the City of Huntsville’s Twitter will officially be taken over for the day by Jessica White, City of Huntsville Preservation Consultant. From 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., the city’s twitter account will be all preservation, all the time. Get a behind-the-scenes look into some of the city’s most historic properties as well as a peek into its preservation efforts.

The City of Huntsville can be found on Twitter at Twitter.com/huntsvilleCity or by searching “huntsvillecity” in the Twitter search bar. To tag the city in a #ThisPlaceMattersHsv photo use the handle @huntsvillecity.

Weekly Facebook Live Sessions
Join the city on Facebook for live interviews with Jessica White and tours of historic properties. To watch the live sessions, make sure you like the City of Huntsville on Facebook by logging in with your personal account, going to the city’s page at Facebook.com/Hsvcity and hitting the “Like” button on the cover photo. When the city activates Facebook Live, the easiest way for followers to watch is to go to the City’s Facebook page. From there, Facebook users will see the live stream just as they would see any other post on the city’s Facebook timeline.

A full schedule of Facebook Live sessions is listed below:

May 16
10 a.m.
Glenwood Cemetery
Participants: Jessica White, Historic Preservation Consultant
Joy Mckee, Director of Operation Green Team

May 26
10 a.m.
Harrison Brothers Hardware
Participants: Jessica White, Historic Preservation Consultant
Donna Castellano, Historic Huntsville Foundation

May 31
2 p.m.
National Bank Building
Participants: Jessica White, Historic Preservation Consultant

#ThisPlaceMattersHsv is based on the #ThisPlaceMatters national campaign from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.