#PresConf Recap: Authenticity

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff

If we can derive three things from yesterday's sessions it is this: authenticity, finding a common language, and taking action. In the morning our Conversation Starter attendees and panelists discussed changes to standards and practices including looking to define authenticity before integrity when determining how to place diverse sites on the National Register. For Ray Rast it was important to acknowledge that the path to inclusion also involves looking beyond the language of "building" and to the language of "stories." That is, looking beyond the bricks and mortar to make connections with communities on important sites in their history.

But this conversation didn't stop there. From sessions on social media to energy efficiency we talked about changing the language of preservation -- to make new partners, find new ways of linking up with those who love history, and taking action on projects and issues through new business models.

Above all, questions came back to authenticity. What is an authentic historic preservation site? What makes a story authentic and worthy of inclusion? How can we as preservationists be authentic in our dealings with new audiences and partners from utility  managers to a generation that lives and breathes social media?

Hear what attendees had to say in the Storify below.

Quick Reference for October 31, 2013

  • Registration is open from 7am-5pm located in Union Station outside the Expo Hall.
  • Field Sessions leave from the Omni Severin. Please arrive fifteen minutes before to line up.
  • Conversation Starter on Real Estate is at 8:30 at the Madame Walker Theatre. Buses will leave promptly at 8:10am from the Omni Severin and will not be shuttling.
  • Power Sessions are in the Crowne Plaza B&O Room starting at 10:15am. Consult your final program (pp28) for a full list of Power Sessions.
  • The Exhibit Hall opens at 10am. The Preservation Action reception is from 4:30-5:30pm.
  • Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards will be from 6-7pm at the Scottis Rite Cathedral. Buses will depart starting at 5:40 with no shuttle service during the event.
  • The Closing Party: Speakeasy on the Circle begins at 7:30pm. Buses will shuttle from th e Omni and the National Preservation Awards Ceremony.