National Preservation Conference

preservationINNOVATION: A Reading List

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 by Melita Jureša-McDonald

 

PF2015_300x250_PHASE2The preservationINNOVATION track at PastForward will explore the innovative work of federal agencies in carrying out the regulations and programs that play a critical role in the stewardship of our nation’s historic, cultural and archaeological resources. Speakers will examine the evolution of some of the programs and policies that arose from the National Historic Preservation Act and discuss creative strategies of how agencies support today’s preservation movement. At the five Learning Labs, presenters from federal agencies, institutions, and local government will discuss topics such as flood and storm management at the National Mall, improvement of energy performance in General Services Administration (GSA) historic buildings, and alternative project impact mitigation practices.

The following articles and blog posts provide helpful background reading to the topics that will be discussed during the preservationINNOVATION track.... Read More →

About Melita Jureša-McDonald

Melita Jureša-McDonald manages the Forum Reference Desk from San Francisco. She is the first point of entry for preservation leaders across the country seeking information about preservation issues, advanced content, and resources and assistance available from the National Trust. A native of Rab, Croatia, she is been with the Trust since 2001.

 

As technology changes, the modes of touring change.  Establishing parameters with stakeholders is important to avoid conflict within your community.  |Credit: Visit Savannah

As technology changes, the modes of touring change. Establishing parameters with stakeholders is important to avoid conflict within your community. |Credit: Visit Savannah

By Bridget Lidy

Who doesn’t like to travel to a place on the top 10 list for being the best historic city, best romantic weekend getaway, or best night life in North America?

We all want to experience what makes a place “the best.”  But balancing the demands of a successful tourism industry against impacts to historic neighborhoods is becoming increasingly challenging for those communities that want to preserve and protect the integrity of their character and identity.

Living with Success Revisited: Summit on Heritage Tourism in our Nation’s Most Beloved Historic Cities was published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in spring 2015. It builds on previous work from the mid-1990s when leaders from heavily-visited historic cities came together to discuss ways to manage tourism and protect residential life. At that time—and again today—no one doubted the economic benefits the tourism industry brings to a community. From renewed interest in a community’s history to the revitalization of a once struggling Main Street, the preservation movement spawned the heritage tourism industry. Yet the pendulum, and the conversation, should swing back to getting a better handle on tourism and its meteoric growth occurring in a limited market. The strategies to do so—then and now—include gathering data, strengthening communication among interests, undertaking a formal tourism management plan, and adopting/enforcing appropriate ordinances.... Read More →

preservationVOICES: A Reading List

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Melita Jureša-McDonald

 

PF2015_300x250_PHASE2We know that PastForward 2015 is months away but we wanted to kick off a PastForward tradition early – so here is the first of four reading lists to get you ready for the conference this November. While it’s the middle of summer and the thought of doing “homework” might seem like the last thing on your list of things to do, the PastForward reading lists are a great way to spark discussions before you get on the ground in D.C. this fall. Make sure to review the conference schedule for session descriptions as you work through the reading list and then feel free to comment on the PLF Blog post or start a discussion with your preservation peers on the Facebook PastForward events page.

This month we’ll take a look at preservationVOICES (read a preview of the entire conference), a track sponsored by the National Park Service.

This track kicks off with the preservationVOICES TrustLive. PastForward 2015 features four TrustLives, marquee presentations that were launched at last year’s conference. These presentations take a look at preservation through different lenses, bringing diverse perspectives to the discussion and allow for participants to virtually attend if they can’t make it to D.C. The TrustLives also serve to queue up the discussions that will take place in Learning Labs, Power Sessions and Field Studies.

Specifically, the preservationVOICES TrustLive will address a past lack of emphasis on the inclusion of diverse communities in the preservation of historic places and will discuss recent efforts to implement a focus on the experience of these communities. In the preservationVOICES Learning Labs we will further explore the term “diversity,” looking to address gaps in what we consider “diverse historic places.” We will also examine how our existing programs and policies might change so as to allow a wider embrace of different cultural backgrounds as we designate and the seek to preserve that which is considered “historic.”... Read More →

About Melita Jureša-McDonald

Melita Jureša-McDonald manages the Forum Reference Desk from San Francisco. She is the first point of entry for preservation leaders across the country seeking information about preservation issues, advanced content, and resources and assistance available from the National Trust. A native of Rab, Croatia, she is been with the Trust since 2001.