Here's a round-up of information from our most recent conference.  Contact Andrew Cushing at if you have questions or suggestions related to these topics or projects.  Check our calendar for offerings leading up to the next conference (spring 2019).

Max Page, Professor of Architecture and History, Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst offered challenges for the future of the historic preservation movement.  He is the author of Bending the Future: 50 Ideas for the Next 50 Years of Historic Preservation (UMass Press, 2016) and Why Preservation Matters (Yale University Press, 2016).  Key concepts from Page's talk included the need for preservationists to identify and save a wider breadth of places, including sites associated with painful parts of our history; rethink the concepts of authenticity,  integrity and significance; and be a force for sustainability and social justice. 

Glenn Coppelman, Kingston Planning Board, Rockingham Planning Commission; Virginia Morse, Kingston Historic District Commission; Debra Powers, Kingston Heritage Commission discussed what planning tools and techniques can help preserve your community’s character and enhance the local economy.  The panel offered advice about how to position your community to make it attractive for right-sized businesses, visitors, and residents. Presentation here

Frank Lemay and David Baer, Milestone Engineering & Construction; Nicole Carrier, Throwback Brewery; Alyssa Murphy, Manypenny Murphy Architecture; Dan Clapp, ReVision Energy described the key roles of a design/construction team and addressed project management, energy efficiency, and building code compliance using Throwback Brewery (former Hobbs Farm) in North Hampton as a case study.

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; and Elizabeth Farish, Strawbery Banke Museum offered 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. Presentation here.

Jayme Simoes, Louis Karno Company Communications; Michael Conway, Means-of-Production; and Rebecca Mitchell, Stratham Heritage Commission described tips to optimize your communications strategy and outreach program to inspire action and to enhance support for your preservation work.  Mitchell's case study was the Lane Homestead "save" that has subsequently been honored with a preservation award.

Beverly Thomas and Andrew Cushing of the NH Preservation Alliance and Nathan Merrill of the Stratham Heritage Commission described how our rural landscapes define our state and are closely tied to heritage tourism and our economic prosperity. The session shared creative solutions and opportunities for the re-use of barns and farm properties.  Presentation here.

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 offered concepts and techniques that can position your project for fundraising success. Case Studies: Belknap Mill and Colonial Theater, Laconia NH. 

Peter Michaud of the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and Jenna Lapachinski of LCHIP provided this outline regarding use of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, a popular topic at the conference.

Photos of touring Jonathan Chorlian's redevelopment of a church in Concord for condominiums as well as project team members City Engineer Ed Roberge, preservation consultant Elizabeth Durfee Hengen and Gene McCarthy of McFarland-Johnson  on Concord's Main Street to discuss its recent revitalization are here.  Courtesy: Steve Booth Photography.

The Preservation Alliance thanks all presenters, attendees, organizational partners and sponsors! It was a great group of talented and committed people, and we generated and exchanged powerful and important information.

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

Preservation Conference: April 21, 2017

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