PSU and N.H. Preservation Alliance Host Historic Preservation Conference March 22

March 11th, 2013 by blyndes

Plymouth, N.H. – 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, Governor Maggie Hassan will address the group. Preservation advocates, 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 invited to attend.

Historic preservation activity 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 Historic 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 Period 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.

For more information about this release, please contact PSU Media Relations Mgr. Bruce Lyndes, (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu or Jennifer Goodman, N.H. Preservation Alliance, (603-224-2281 or jg@nhpreservation.org.

In the News

Example Image

PSU Earth Day a hit with students, residents

By BOB MARTIN PLYMOUTH — Whether it was the Environmental Fair in front of the Hartman Union Building or just down the road at the its EcoHouse, Plymouth State University was a hot spot for Earth Day activities. Earth Day, celebrated Tuesday, has become an annual event to have a number of off-campus and on-campus environmental [...]

Example Image

PSU honors 51 Phi Kappa Phi inductees

PLYMOUTH — At an April 13 ceremony honoring the “best of the best,” Plymouth State University inducted 51 students into Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The students are all at the top of their respective majors in grade average, according to PKP advisor [...]

Example Image

Scholars from Across U.S. Gather at Plymouth State University’s 35th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum April 25 and 26

PLYMOUTH, N.H.— More than 100 scholars will present their latest research on many aspects of medieval and Renaissance culture at the 35th annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, April 25 and 26 at Plymouth State University. Plymouth State’s forum is the oldest conference of its type in New England. The theme of this year’s event is [...]