Yesterday during the PastForward Opening Plenary, National Trust President and CEO Stephanie K. Meeks said of the preservation movement:
There are hundreds of stories like these—people whose lives have been positively transformed by our work. I know you encounter them every day. Preservation is for people, and these stories demonstrate that it is a tool for positive change that our cities desperately need. The beauty of preservation is that one small change can set off a ripple that helps to revitalize an entire neighborhood or city. And one person’s actions can improve the lives of countless American families.
Our movement amplifies the ability of one person to make a change, and you can see the results in the awardees honored last night—from the Chicago hotel that protected an important part of the city to a restored whaling ship that taught visitors and students about preservation trades and interpretation. We also saw it in the stories of our Crowninshield winners, Paula Wallace and Knox Mellon, both of whom worked to expand historic preservation and culture in our country in their own ways.
And we heard from Dr. Stephen Klineberg of the Rice Kinder Institute, who uses 30 years worth of data on Houston’s demographics to make a key prediction: “nothing in the world, no force of nature, will keep this city, this state, or this country, from becoming more diverse.”
In thinking about the next 50 years, preservation has to evolve—and the conversations this week are charting our path forward, emphasizing the importance of preservation to our homes, communities, and country.
Below is a series of Twitter moments with highlights from yesterday’s events.
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Coming Up Today
Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. today. Full details are available in the program and through the app, which you can download through your personal app store. Field Sessions leave from the second floor of the Convention Center. Also do check out the Preservation Studio which is located on the second floor of the Hilton Americas-Houston and opens at 9:30 a.m.
There are a few key events to check out this morning. The Future of Preservation Summit will take place in the Ballroom of Americas in the Hilton at 8 a.m. There the National Trust will present a series of findings from conversations held over the last year. Following that presentation, we invite attendees to participate in small group breakouts, World Café style. Read the current draft document.
Today also includes a full slate of Learning Labs and two TrustLive presentations: preservationLIVABILITY (2:30–3:30 p.m.) and preservationPLACES (5:15–6:15 p.m.). Both of these plenary talks are led by dynamic speakers—including keynotes Rick Lowe and Nina Simon, respectively—and are meant to expand conversations around the rebirth of urban areas and the remaking of our historic sites. These talks will be live streamed.
Moments from Wednesday at PastForward