It has been such a pleasure to host the PastForward conference in our great city of Chicago and to meet so many of you. This morning in our final TrustLive of the week, we talked about the incredible impact that places and surroundings can have on a person's health. We've learned that memory is tied to place and that identity is shaped by cultural, community, and place-based experiences. As we saw in Holly's film, the women that returned to their homeland, as toxic as it may be, lived longer than those prevented from doing so. I believe it to be true that our mental and physical well-being is dependent upon our ability to access the places that shaped our identity, though the science to prove this is still emerging. Do you agree? How do you make the argument to your friends and neighbors that preservation has benefits for health and well-being?
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