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Dwight Young

Architectural Historian

Dwight Young’s career in historic preservation has spanned more than 30 years.

A native of West Texas, Young earned a Master’s degree in architectural history at the University of Virginia in 1976. The following year, he joined the staff of the National Trust as director of the Southern Regional Office in Charleston, S.C., then served briefly as interim director of the Western Regional Office in San Francisco, and eventually moved to Trust headquarters in Washington, where from 1992 to 2010 he served as senior communications associate, communicating the overall mission of the National Trust through speeches, newspaper and magazine articles and opinion pieces. His extensive knowledge of history and architecture, his experience in historic preservation, his skills as a lecturer and his enthusiasm for travel have made him a popular study leader on many National Trust trips and a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops throughout the United States.

For many years, Young wrote the regular “Back Page” feature in Preservation magazine. In addition, he is the author of Saving America’s Treasures (published in 2001), Dear Mr. President (2005) and Dear First Lady (2008), as well as Road Trips through History (2003), a collection of his “Back Page” essays.

He now makes his home in Charleston, S.C.