You can never build a historic house. Architecture is the most public of the arts, and the most fragile. It reflects the culture of a community. With every loss, you lose
part of your home town's identity.
You should care
represents a repudiation of our cultural and historical resources
shreds the fabric of our communities
offers no chance to sustainably maintain, restore, or upgrade our historic environment
sets in motion the spread of an anonymous, corporate look that ruins local uniqueness of historic buildings
all you are left with is compromise and regret
What YOU can do
The coastal community of Chatham, the Cape and Islands region and many other communities around this nation have been undergoing unprecedented development, which often comes in the form of the destruction and loss of historic homes and buildings. Our goal is to produce a feature length documentary that tells the stories of historic and culturally significant buildings and examines the agents of change that disconnect people from their environment and ultimately from each other, when they are torn down. We are losing historic buildings at an unprecedented rate. Once a historic structure is lost, it can never be replaced. It is time to wake up communities to the consequences. It will be made clear that this is a national issue. Knowing the power of media, this film will be an effective means to arouse attention and stir a prevention trend.
Protect Our Past is in its early stages of growth as a non-profit. Gratefully, our first project is in process.
YOU can help us fund the production and distribution of a full-length documentary film that illustrates the tragedy of deliberate demolition. Using the power of the screen, it will serve as your collective voice, the voices of preservation groups, historic societies, and local organizations working to stop the demolition of historic properties in order to save the fabric of your communities.
Thomas Bena, Director of “One Big Home,” a documentary that is successfully changing minds and town By-Laws around the nation about building mega-mansions. He formed and heads the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival.
Oliver Becker who has returned to Martha’s Vineyard after 10 years of producing and writing shows for networks such as History, Discovery, CBS.