In order to thrive as a “Movement of Yes,” we need to first reckon with why we’re perceived as the opposite—sometimes accurately, sometimes not—and why our success in promoting a competing narrative has been limited. After all, we know that historic preservation done right fosters a sense of place and revives community at every level, from a few city blocks to the entire country. At its best, our movement shepherds places gracefully—honoring their past, animating their present, and securing their future—for a communal benefit. And the maintenance of place and community does not happen on its own or by chance. Every day, preservationists say “yes” to this important work. To win over our audience, those are the stories we need to tell.
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