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Max Page is Keynote Speaker for Preservation Conference April 21st

Join the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance for our biennial conference for preservation advocates and practitioners from 9 AM – 4 PM on Friday, April 21 at the Concord City Auditorium. Hear about critical issues and opportunities in the field of historic preservation, and learn from recognized experts and community leaders about the many facets of preservation.


Max Page will offer a critique of historic preservation today and propose a progressive vision for preservation policy in his keynote address. He will suggest how the preservation movement can be a force for social justice, contributing to building more sustainable, meaningful and fair communities by saving and interpreting places of pain, making our homes and cities more sustainable, and rethinking the concepts of authenticity, integrity and significance.

Page is Professor of Architecture and History and Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of Why Preservation Matters (2016) and co-editor of Bending the Future: 50 Ideas for the Next 50 Years of Historic Preservation in the United States (2016). Both books will be available at the conference.

The conference will focus on strategies for saving and repurposing community landmarks, effective planning, working with a project team, best practices in communications and for successful fundraising, and more. Sessions will feature the Throwback Brewery in North Hampton and the Colonial Theater in Laconia, and tours will visit Concord’s recently reconstructed Main Street and the Bienvenue Condominiums (formerly Sacred Heart Church).

Generous conference sponsors include: Bedard Preservation and Restoration, BCM Environmental & Land Law, Milestone Engineering and Construction, NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), New Hampshire Historical Society, Northlands Forest Products, ReVision Energy, the NH Conservation and Heritage License Plate Program (Moose Plate), and The Centennial Hotel.

Organizational partners supporting this event include: AIA New Hampshire; Association of Historical Societies of NH; Black Heritage Trail of NH; Concord Heritage Commission; Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce; Intown Concord; NH CDFA; NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, Bureau of Historic Sites; NH Divison of Historical Resources; New Hampshire Historical Society; NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP); NH Municipal Association (NHMA); Plan NH; Plymouth State University, Department of Social Sciences; and Stay, Work, Play NH.