National Preservation Conference

PastForward: The National Preservation Conference Call for Ideas and Proposals

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff

 

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation is rolling out a new conference format and has formed an exciting partnership with the Savannah College of Art and Design and Historic Savannah Foundation to bring you the best thinking in the preservation movement.  We want to hear your ideas for shaping the core educational programming for PastForward, the 2014 National Preservation Conference, November 11-14 in Savannah, Ga.

Call for Ideas —Signature Talks/Learning Labs/Power Sessions/Speakers

Have an opinion on what you think hot topics are for preservation? Heard an inspiring speaker you think would resonate with the audience at the National Preservation Conference? Have a suggestion on what people need and want to hear in Savannah? Now is your chance to tell us! ... Read More →

New Voices, New Approaches: Young Preservationists Speak Up

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by Special Contributor 2 Comments

 

By Aria Danaparamita

Not only are younger folks deeply passionate about historic preservation, they’re pursuing it in radically creative ways. I discovered this at the 2013 National Preservation Conference which I attended as a National Trust intern. I met with many young preservationists in Indianapolis—students, community activists, emerging professionals. Curious as to how they view their role in preservation, I asked them to explain what preservation means to them and how they see themselves in the broader preservation community. I found out that they are already “in” preservation, except maybe they don’t see what they do as “preservation” in the traditional sense. Here’s what I heard:

On Significance: Community and Place-making

Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus is an artist-designed project highlighting an intersection, a creative monument to the people who live in the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, Baltimore. | Credit: Graham Coreil-Allen

Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus is an artist-designed project highlighting an intersection, a creative monument to the people who live in the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, Baltimore. | Credit: Graham Coreil-Allen

The attendees that I met with commented that perhaps the most remarkable difference between traditional preservation practice and what younger folks are doing is how the two groups define what makes a site significant. During the conference, “Diversity” Conversation Starter, Ray Rast of Gonzaga University called for embracing the human “stories” beyond the physical building. But according to the younger preservationists that I spoke to at the conference, this is the starting point. For many of them, preservation is not simply about saving old buildings. It’s about saving communities and human stories. Buildings that they see as important may be architecturally unattractive. But they are nevertheless critical hubs for the community, whether they were sites for political gatherings, social events, or art exhibitions.... Read More →

October Preservation Clippings

Posted on: November 6th, 2013 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff

 

Articles and blog posts from affiliated organizations and thinkers that will help in your work as preservation leaders.

Last week the National Preservation Conference took place in Indianapolis, Ind. Throughout the week, daily recaps were posted on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog to keep attendees and non-attendees up to speed on content and conversation.

#PresConf Recaps

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National Preservation Conference Attendee Recaps

Some attendees covered the conference on their personal blogs. To hear more check them out.