With Gratitude

2016 has been quite the year: the struggles, the places we’ve lost. I am hopeful we learned from these losses to maybe prevent similar losses in the future. Looking beyond, I would like to share this list of the things I am grateful to 2016 for.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, The New York Public Library. (1939). The Negro Motorist Green Book: 1939 Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/911d3420-83da-0132-687a-58d385a7b928

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, The New York Public Library. (1939). The Negro Motorist Green Book: 1939 Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/911d3420-83da-0132-687a-58d385a7b928

Suzassippi’s Green Book research.  Similar to African-American school houses, these travel-related resources have been disappearing since integration.

Tylertown Craftsman3

That there has been continued interest in the Craftsman Style posts.


Suzassippi’s research into StoneKote.

Manufacturer's Record 1951

The Industrial Mississippi posts.  These buildings are disappearing, and it’s important to look at their impact before they all vanish without a trace.

The 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act was this year.  This act established several institutions: the National Register of Historic Places, the requirement that each state have a State Historic Preservation Office, the Section 106 review process, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

I am also grateful for these dudes, this gal, rural gymnasiums, and of course Air Conditioning.  I could go on but I won’t.

I am grateful that MissPres continues to grow and is now almost 8 years old.  This is ancient in internet years.  We’ve been around long enough to become quite self-referencing.  The nice thing about this is we can consider new angles on topics we’ve maybe covered before.  Most importantly I am grateful for all the authors and commenters here on MissPres. Conversation and discourse is the primary goal of the site. Your comments on posts are what motivate us to keep researching and writing.  We always welcome guest posts; if you have something to share just drop us a line. If you had a favorite or memorable post from this year please let us know in the comments below.

With gratitude.

~Thomas Rosell

Categories: Asides, Historic Preservation


10 replies

  1. I’m grateful for interesting articles about a state I may never get a chance to visit, but whose buildings (and loss of those buildings) and history are important to me. I’m grateful that each day I turn on my computer and I’m transported to another place and time by wonderful writers with huge hearts and I learn something new about architecture. I’m grateful that my internet has a place to keep the over 1,000 Preservation in Mississippi posts that I’ve kept over the past 5 years, several I’ve gone back to many times! Happy New Year from Arizona, to the writers and the readers of PIM….I look forward to another interesting year!

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  2. I have appreciated this year, and this one is a nice thank you note for all of us! I miss Word of the Week, so maybe we could visit that at least for a Word of the Month. Happy New Year to MIssPres and major thanks to you and Malvaney for holding things together!

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  3. Perhaps we could revisit our favorite words from the past as a jumpstart – my favorite word (actually its two words) that just makes me almost giddy when I hear or say it, is hyperbolic paraboloid. I love this definition: A roof having the shape of a geometric figure called a hyperbolic paraboloid; the entire roof structure rests on only two supports, giving it an appearance somewhat resembling a bird in flight. I work with a mid century modern architecture website and I have found several photos of these beautiful roofs, I’ve seen several churches with them as well. Its just a beautiful wavy kind of thing, and the words are just extraordinary!

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    • I love that word, too! I still remember the feeling of looking out my hotel window in DC and exclaiming, “That’s a hyperbolic paraboloid roof! I just saw my first hyperbolic paraboloid roof!” My colleague was not sure why I was so happy.

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      • You and I must be soul mates on some level :) I remember getting lost in Raleigh and ended up smack in front of Dorton Arena…oh my I thought angels had put me off my course on purpose so I could see it! My favorite piece of architecture outside the U.S. is in Florence, a place I thought I’d never go because of the hours of flying (not to mention the expense). 3 years ago I got married and my husband served in Germany in the 1980’s. Guess where his reunion is in 2018? Not only do I get to see Augsburg, but Florence is just a train ride away. Think some angels (one in particular, my mom!) picked him out particularly for me! On the h. p. word – we’re making up a bumper sticker due to my “addiction” – I’ll post a photo once its done! I’ll have to send you one :)

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  4. I should have added for those who haven’t heard the term, just imagine a Pringle potato chip :)

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  5. My favorite Word of the Week is Pigeonhole Corner, because it’s a feature I had noticed before but never knew it had a name, and now I use it all the time. Well, not technically ALL the time, but quite often.

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