The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance will host its biennial conference, “Preserving Community Character: Critical Issues and Opportunities,” on May 31 at the Littleton Opera House in Littleton, N.H.
The conference will feature the Preservation Alliance’s 2019 Preservation Awards and a keynote address by Thompson M. Mayes, vice president and senior counsel of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and author of “Why Old Places Matter: How Historic Places Affect Our Identity and Well-Being.”Mayes will offer insights into how to talk about the enduring meaning and value of historic buildings, neighborhoods and downtowns for individuals and communities.
Recognized experts in historic preservation and community leaders will lead sessions focused on strategies for saving and repurposing community landmarks, preservation tools and techniques, and best practices for communications and fundraising. The conference will also feature small group discussions on various topics of interest to participants.
The day’s events will also include tours of Littleton’s landmarks, with local perspectives on the town’s success in revitalizing its Main Street. The conference will concludewith a networking reception at the Littleton Community House, a beautifully restored Victorian mansion that serves as a thriving center for community events and activities.
In past years, the preservation conference has attracted preservation advocates, practitioners and investors, as well as community leaders, planners, architects and design and construction professionals. Additionally, members of historic district commissions, heritage commissions and historical societies have found the conference helpful and instructive for their work.
The Preservation Alliance supports and encourages the revitalization and protection of historic buildings and places, which strengthens local communities and economies. The organization’s current priorities include providing expertise and assistance to community leaders and promoting the use of easements, barn preservation and tax incentives.
To date, generous sponsors for the preservation conference include the following: Bedard Preservation and Restoration; Fifield Building Restoration & Relocation LLC; Northland Forest Products; The Rowley Agency; Sheehan Phinney; Arch Weathers Historic Sashworks; New Hampshire Conservation and Heritage License Plate Program (Moose Plate); Sash and Solder; and SMP Architecture.
Online registration for the conference opens April 12, 2019. For more information and registration, visit nhpreservation.org or call 603-224-2281.