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National Impact Agenda for the Historic Preservation Movement

As our nation continues to grapple with significant challenges—from racial injustice to climate change, and pandemic recovery— the work of preservation must adapt and respond to ensure our movement remains a resilient, relevant force for positive change. The complexity and scale of these...

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A Strong Demolition Delay Bylaw in Stockbridge

By Peter C. Williams Stockbridge, Massachusetts, located in the Berkshire Hills in the western part of the state, is best known as the hometown of Norman Rockwell, who famously painted the town's Main Street, whose historic buildings are largely unchanged in over a century. Stockbridge,...

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Building an Inclusive Preservation Plan in Madison, Wisconsin

By Heather L. Bailey and Amy Loewenstein Scanlon The preservation program in Madison, Wisconsin, began in 1971 after a failed grassroots effort to save an 1853 mansion on the west side of the city. The galvanized new Landmarks Commission set out designating the most iconic architecture and...

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Dismantle Preservation: Getting Serious about Building a New Model for the Field

In late July 2020, preservationists from across the country gathered for the Dismantle Preservation Virtual Unconference. Organized and sponsored by Sarah Marsom a heritage resource consultant, this conference directly addressed some of the problematic areas of the preservation profession to...

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Building the Mental Resilience of Preservation Professionals

Psychology Today defines resilience as “the psychological quality that allows some people to be knocked down by the adversities of life and come back at least as strong as before. Rather than letting difficulties, traumatic events, or failure overcome them and drain their resolve, highly...

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Preservation’s Existential Crisis

January 23, 2020, was an unseasonably warm night for New England. I almost left the house in a short-sleeved sweater—but I was glad when I arrived at Grace Church in downtown Providence that I had worn an extra layer. When I get nervous, I get cold, and it was good to be over-dressed as people...

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Forum Webinar: Virtual Public Meetings Part 1: Legal Issues

With traditional, in-person public meetings on hold for the foreseeable future, local preservation commissions and advocates are exploring new ways to conduct their work and engage community members. To inform these efforts, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Alliance...


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[Slide Deck and Resources] Virtual Public Meetings Part 1: Legal Issues

With traditional, in-person public meetings on hold for the foreseeable future, local preservation commissions and advocates are exploring new ways to conduct their work and engage community members. To inform these efforts, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Alliance...

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