Why Historical Preservation Matters
It’s no secret that Jaindl Properties is a big proponent for historic preservation; it is made clear in our mission and our work. At the top of the chain of organizations that focus solely on preservation is the National Trust for Historic Preservation. They’re a highly recognized group that has been around since the 1940’s with a focus on acquiring and administering historic sites throughout the United States. Of course, we’re fans of their work and follow them closely on various platforms, so when they shared a blog post on Facebook this week entitled “Historic Sites Matter Because…” it was no surprise to us that the post received tons of attention. Hundreds of “likes” and “shares” and of course various comments answering the open-ended question. It got us thinking, though, as a company whose purpose is to preserve history through architecture, why does it matter so much?
There are countless reasons, but most importantly, historic sites matter because they are a part of what brought us here. These sites tell the stories of our ancestors who can no longer share it themselves. In many of the properties that we’ve restored we have found traces of written history and have found ourselves on a constant quest to find more, making use of the Historical Society, local experts, books, databases, you name it. It is so intriguing that artifacts such as call bells and dumbwaiters are preserved in these historic sites and remain untouched by modern necessity, yet their a remarkable reminder of the way things used to be and the progress that we know so well. Preserving historic sites is necessary in preserving the history of humanity. Whether you strictly preserve the site or restore it and find a new use for it, you’re perpetuating history and making sure that particular story has a tangible piece of evidence to coincide with. These sites are part of history and they’re what identify Jaindl Properties. We love the work we do and that’s why this simple blog post from the National Trust for Historic Preservation really resonated.