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Preserving Community Character: Critical Issues and Opportunities

Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

April 21, 2017
8:30 - 9:00 Registration
Concord City Auditorium, 25 Green Street (entrance on Prince Street)

9:00 – 9:15 Welcoming Remarks

9:15-10:00 Keynote Address: “Why Preservation Should Matter: Building a Progressive Preservation Movement”  Max Page, Professor of Architecture and History, Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst

10:15 – 11:30 Breakout Session 1

1A. Preservation and Community Planning: Strategies for Local Action

Glenn Coppelman, Kingston Planning Board, Rockingham Planning Commission; Virginia Morse, Kingston Historic District Commission; Debra Powers, Kingston Heritage Commission

What planning tools and techniques can help preserve your community’s character and enhance the local economy? Learn how to position your community to make it attractive for right-sized businesses, visitors, and residents. Planning and promotion as well as incentives and protection techniques will be discussed.

1B. Capital Projects: Getting Started and Getting it Done   (AIA credits available)

Frank Lemay and David Baer, Milestone Engineering & Construction; Nicole Carrier, Throwback Brewery; Alyssa Murphy, Manypenny Murphy Architecture; Dan Clapp, ReVision Energy

Saving or rehabilitating a historic building?To be an effective partner in the construction phase of a project, you’ll need knowledge of the industry and how it works.  This session will highlight the key roles of a design/construction team and address project management, energy efficiency, and building code compliance. Case study: Throwback Brewery (former Hobbs Farm), North Hampton NH.

11:45 – 1:00 Walking Tours and Lunch Groups

Visit the Bienvenue Condominiums (formerly the Sacred Heart Church) guided by Jon Chorlian, Bienvenue Condominiums and John Jordan, John S. Jordan Design, and/or walk Concord’s new Main Street on your own (maps provided by Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce).

Lunch roundtables (topics include: heritage commission issues, historic district commission issues, religious properties, farms and barns, municipally-owned buildings, main street and downtown revitalization)

1:15 – 2:30 Breakout Session 2

2A. Before Disaster Strikes: Planning for Historic Properties

Amy Dixon, NH Division of Historical Resources; Dwane Hubert, Maine Emergency Management Agency; Mae Williams, Preservation Consultant, Town of Center Harbor; John Fischer, Town of Hebron; Elizabeth Farish, Strawbery Banke Museum

Learn practical strategies to assess risks and prepare mitigation or adaptation plans before disasters impact historic buildings and communities. Good planning and collaboration between preservation and emergency management entities can help communities better retain or recapture their sense of place following disasters.

2B. Telling your Story: Media, Marketing, Communications

Jayme Simoes, Louis Karno Company Communications; Michael Conway, Means-of-Production; Rebecca Mitchell, Stratham Heritage Commission

Behind every successful preservation project is someone who understands how to communicate effectively. What can you do to energize your supporters and engage new ones? Learn how to optimize your communications strategy and outreach program to inspire action and to enhance support for your preservation work.

2C. Understanding the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards

Peter Michaud, NH Division of Historical Resources; Jenna Lapachinski, Land and Community Heritage Investment Program

(Space limited,  pre-registration required)
When historic buildings require rehabilitation to remain in service, preservation standards provide an opportunity to utilize best practices to retain character. In this small, hands-on workshop, participants will work with actual plans to gain insight into complying with these standards for community preservation projects.

2D. Project Tour: A Main Street for All

Ed Roberge, City of Concord; Gene McCarthy, McFarland Johnson; Elizabeth Durfee Hengen, Preservation Consultant

(Space limited,  pre-registration required)
Tour Concord’s Main Street, recently reconstructed to support mixed-used development, an enhanced pedestrian experience and historic character. Members of the design team will speak to the project’s unusual challenges and successes.

2:45 – 4:00 Breakout Session 3

3A. Saving our Rural Landscapes: Creative Use for Old Farms and Barns

Beverly Thomas, NH Preservation Alliance; Nathan Merrill, Stratham Heritage Commission, NH Barn Committee

Our rural landscapes are key to how we define our state and are closely tied to heritage tourism and our economic prosperity. However, agricultural properties are often threatened by land use changes and development projects. Learn about creative solutions and opportunities for the re-use of barns and farm properties.

3B. Improving Project Success: Fundraising, Grants, and Capital Campaigns(AIA credits available)

Katy Easterly Martey, Community Development Finance Authority; Lisa Burk-McCoy and Karen Prior, Starfish Collaborative; Justin Slattery, Belknap Economic Development Council; Sonya Misiaszek and Jared Guilmett, Misiaszek Turpin

How do you make the case for funding your preservation project? Learn some of the most effective concepts and techniques that can position your project for success. Capital campaign strategists will share advice on how to build community capacity and support, find public and private funding sources, and execute fundraising plans. Case Studies: Belknap Mill and Colonial Theater, Laconia NH.

3C. Understanding the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards

Peter Michaud, NH Division of Historical Resources; Jenna Lapachinski, Land and Community Heritage Investment Program

(Space limited,  pre-registration required)
When historic buildings require rehabilitation to remain in service, preservation standards provide an opportunity to utilize best practices to retain character. In this small, hands-on workshop, participants will work with actual plans to gain insight into complying with these standards for community preservation projects.

4:00 – 6:00 Networking Reception at the New Hampshire Historical Society
30 Park Street. Concord (cash bar)


This conference is made possible with support from generous sponsors including:

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