On October 31-November 5, Pittsburgh hosts the National Preservation Conference
, the country’s premier educational mechanism for historic and community preservation.
Presented by The National Trust for Historic Preservation
, with support from partner Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
(PHLF), the event presents strategies for protecting and restoring historic structures and communities.
“We’ll have planners, advocates, preservationists, municipal officials and leaders in community revitalization from across the county,” says Cathy McCollum, PHLF’s chief programs officer.
Over 2,500 participants are expected to attend fifty educational sessions to learn from best case studies and approaches. Author, historian and Pittsburgh native David McCullough will present the keynote address.
Pittsburgh was chosen because of its historic sites, livability and surrounding countryside. The conference will utilize Pittsburgh as a laboratory for exploring current issues surrounding preservation and revitalization, including green building practices.
Thirty site visits--including Manchester, Station Square, the Hill District, and Ambridge--will investigate neighborhood and downtown revitalization, affordable housing, Brownfields, transportation, and tourism.
“The host city becomes the workshop for participants,” says McCollom. “We'll be out and about in the city.”
New this year are free public events. These include an address by PHLF president Arthur P. Ziegler, Jr on October 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the Byham Theater, a premiere of local filmmaker Ken Love’s documentary Saving Fallingwater
on November 4 at 1:45 p.m. at the Hilton and an Exhibit Hall and Old House Fair
on November 1-3 at the Hilton.
The public is invited to join Mayor Ravenstahl, Senator Ferlo and the URA
for a reception at the City County Building
on October 31 at 7:30 p.m.
“National conferences are usually rolled out with a lot of sameness,” says McCollum. “From the beginning, we wanted this to be different.”
Planners worked with the African American Preservation Alliance to address diversity in preservation and PHLF awarded 100 local scholarships.
Two thousand people have registered for the conference and organizers are hoping for a record turnout. To register, go here
Writer: Jennifer Baron
Source: Cathy McCollom, PHLF
Image courtesy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation