This Place Matters

Historic Preservation Month is celebrated nationally each May. Spearheaded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the annual recognition seeks to heighten awareness about the wonderful buildings that are part of our shared history.

As part of Historic Preservation Month, the National Trust launched a “This Place Matters” campaign is to inspire conversation about preservation, why it’s important and how you can get involved. The campaign further encourages people to share the historic places and spaces that mean something to them through social media.

To join the national conversation, use the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters on your preferred social media platforms.



In Huntsville, the Historic Preservation Commission and the City’s Preservation Consultant Jessica White have created a localized campaign specifically for Rocket City citizens and fans.

We’ll kick off the campaign on May 1 with a TweetChat at 10 a.m. using the hashtag #ThisPlaceMattersHsv. We hope you can join us.

On May 16, Cheryl Morgan, Emerita Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture of Auburn University, will speak from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Her talk, titled, “Preservation & Placemaking: How celebrating our history can enhance our future” will be followed up by a panel, moderated by Historic Huntsville Foundation Executive Director Donna Castellano with a panel to include Ms. Morgan, Downtown Huntsville, Inc. President and CEO Chad Emerson, City of Huntsville Urban and Long Range Planner Dennis Madsen and Vice President of Tourism Jennifer Moore from the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Light refreshments will be served.



Throughout the month of May, the City will recognize #ThisPlaceMattersHsv honorees who excel at preservation and adaptive reuse with special ceremonies, photos, blogs and videos.

To nominate a historic space, use the hashtag #ThisPlaceMattersHsv on Twitter and include a photo if possible. You can also nominate locations by commenting on the official campaign thread on the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission’s Facebook page. Finally, you may also nominate a location by e-mailing Jessica White.

Follow along with all of the honorees by watching the hashtag #ThisPlaceMattersHsv and by visiting the Commission’s Facebook page.

Don’t want to nominate? You can still participate in the campaign by tweeting or posting about Huntsville’s historic spaces using the hashtag #ThisPlaceMattersHsv


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