July 6, 2005
by Canadian Architect
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is currently accepting registrations for its 2005 National Preservation Conference in Portland, Oregon a city known for its dynamic downtown, historic neighbourhoods, and magnificent landscapes. The conference will take place September 27-October 2, 2005.
The National Preservation Conference is attended by more than 2,000 preservationists, community leaders, educators, and students from all over the United States, providing the largest national forum to explore the importance of saving and enhancing America’s diverse historic resources. This year’s conference theme, "Sustain America Vision, Economics, and Preservation," will explore the role historic preservation plays in preservation real estate development, affordable housing, heritage tourism, smart growth, cultural landscapes, and protection of the recent past and other historic places.
The conference will feature 50 educational sessions covering a wide range of topics and experience levels, 30 unique field sessions exploring Portland and the region, and opportunities for preservationists to network with leaders in the preservation movement. Keynote speakers include Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR); David Mas Masumoto, organic farmer and advocate of rural preservation; Donovan Rypkema, president of Historic Strategies International; and Roberta Conner, director of Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. Additional speakers include Phillip W. Grone, deputy undersecretary of Defense for Installations and Environment; David Rusk, nationally known expert on smart growth; Portland Mayor Tom Potter; Oregon First Lady Mary Oberst; Clay Jenkinson, Lewis and Clark expert; James Hamrick, Oregon deputy state historic preservation officer; Cathy Galbraith, executive director of Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center; Robert Gerding, principal of Gerding/Edlen Development Company; and Anthony Wood of the New York Preservation Archive Project.
"The National Preservation Conference is the premier educational gathering of its kind in the United States. With its diverse historic resources and strong preservation story, Oregon is the ideal location for exploring priority issues and strategies in historic preservation,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust. “We look forward to collaborating with national and local leaders to develop strategies for building and strengthening productive partnerships to enable historic preservation and community revitalization throughout the country."
Discounted early registration is available until July 30, 2005 at a savings of $175. Advance registration is open until September 21, 2005 and will then be accepted at the conference. Additionally, there are several free sessions open to the public. Visit www.nthpconference.org or call 202.588.6296 for more information about the National Preservation Conference and registration fees.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting the irreplaceable. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Trust was founded in 1949 and provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize communities. Its Washington, DC headquarters staff, six regional offices and 26 historic sites work with the Trust’s 270,000 members and thousands of local community groups in all 50 states. For more information, visit the Trust’s web site at www.nationaltrust.org