N.H. Preservation Alliance and PSU host Historic Preservation Conference March 22
Preservation, sustainability and economy are major topics
PLYMOUTH — Community leaders are gathering in Plymouth on March 22 for the biennial statewide preservation conference, “Historic Buildings for the Next Century: Preservation’s Role in a Sustainable Future.”
The event is sponsored by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, in partnership with Plymouth State University. Featured topics include new business models for historic sites, effective strategies for public participation in development projects, preservation solutions for mid-20th century buildings and recent student work.
Ken Viscarello, chairman of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, said the conference provides new perspectives and practical strategies on how preservation can play a key role in building a strong future.
“This is the perfect time to be emphasizing the connections between preservation, economy and sustainability,” Viscarello said. In addition, Gov. Maggie Hassan will address the group. Preservation advo- cates, community planners, architects, and leaders of heritage and historic district commissions, as well as staff and volunteers who work in museums, historic sites and historical societies are invit- ed to attend.
Historic preservation ac tivity has many primary and secondary benefits, according to the Preservation Alliance. Its labor-intensive nature creates high-paying jobs and contributes to local economies. Visitors seeking historic sites or heritage activities stay longer and spend more than other types of visitors and civic leaders emphasize that our natural, cultural and historic assets help attract and retain businesses. The Preservation Alliance chose Plymouth as the location of the conference to highlight preservation activity in the town and at Plymouth State University. PSU’s College of Graduate Studies now offers a graduate degree in Historic Preservation, and students and faculty will be presenters in several conference sessions. Historic Preservation faculty member and Interim Director of the Center for Rural Partnerships Ben Amsden said the conference reflects Plymouth State University’s commitment to statewide historic preservation efforts.
“PSU programs like the new Master of Arts in His- toric Preservation and the White Mountains Institute teach our students that historic resources are vital to tourism, agriculture, the arts, and sense of place” Amsden said. “The conference will be a great opportunity for them to share their work in these areas and its value to the region.”
Optional activities at the one-day event include walking tours of the new Museum of the White Mountains, The Flying Monkey Theater, Plymouth Regional Senior Center (the former Boston & Maine railroad station), Town Hall and Daniel Webster Courthouse, and a reception and tours at the historic Common Man Inn & Spa in Plymouth.
Sponsors of the conference include Bedard Preservation & Restoration; N.H. Community Development Finance Authority; First Pe- riod Colonial Preservation/Restoration; Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Preservation Consultant; The MacMillin Company, LLC; Samyn D’Elia Architects, PA; and Fifield Building Restoration & Relocation. Citizens Bank and WMUR-TV Champions in Action program and Public Service of New Hampshire are additional generous supporters of the Preservation Alliance’s educational activities. Organizational partners for the conference include AIANH, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, New Hampshire Historical Society and PLAN NH.