Keynote Speaker

Pushing Preservation Forward

Sarah Marsom

Sarah Marsom, keynote speaker

Not all buildings are easy to preserve and not a histories are easily interpreted. The work you do is valuable and should be valued by your community. For historic preservation to be relevant (and its practitioners to be appreciated), we must think outside the traditional constructs of how we save buildings and educate people on the past.

Relevance can be cultivated through creative approaches and an ability to learn from failure. “Pushing Preservation Forward” will weave personal anecdotes with examples of forward thinking initiatives in preservation today, highlighting strategies to connect with new audiences and turn that National Register of Historic Places from a dusty document to a place activator. Crafting connections through art, pop culture, and empowerment leads to new allies in the preservation fight. Not every tactic will be a home run, but our willingness to try something new and learn for these efforts is key to the future of the preservation. Let’s expand our toolkit, our understanding of who is a preservationist, and empower each other for the future of our communities.

Read more about Sarah Marsom on her speaker page.

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Creator of “Tiny Activist Project” to Be 2020 Keynote Speaker

Not all buildings are easy to preserve and not a histories are easily interpreted. The work you do is valuable and should be valued by your community. For historic preservation to be relevant (and its practitioners to be appreciated), we must think outside the traditional constructs of how we save buildings and educate people on the past.

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