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Message from the Executive Director

"The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people."
- Abraham Lincoln

By Bruce Coons

As we enter SOHO's 35th year we have many accomplishments to look back on, and we can enjoy the cultural landmarks that have been preserved. SOHO has grown and prospered due to its members and volunteers who have taken the time and made the effort to care and to do what it takes to preserve our heritage.

Although our legacy is strong, we know that these battles are never over. We must be constantly vigilant. Our logo is the Irving Gill fountain in Horton Plaza. We chose this logo as a symbol of our perseverance and of our unwavering dedication to the cause of preservation because we fought to save it on three separate occasions.

The future of historic preservation looks very different now than it did in 1969 when we were founded; it is brighter than ever as historic preservation has become a part of the mainstream. This national trend shows that there is a great desire to preserve the past and to learn the lessons it can teach us about the future. Now more than ever, our vital cultural links serve to unite us in a common cause.

Cultural Tourism is now the largest segment of the tourist industry nationwide and an economic engine second to none. It is impossible to miss the preservation message in the media. It is everywhere, from celebrities in commercials to television newscasts that traditionally don't state opinions about the news they are reporting. They are increasingly voicing their support of preservation.

There are many reasons for this groundswell of interest and investment, but I think one of the most important is this: historical preservation is by far the best way to preserve our collective cultural identity. It is what defines us as Americans past, present, and future.

2004 - Volume 35, Issue 1

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