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National Council on Public History: 2020 Annual Meeting "Threads of Change"

Panel Discussion

Rethinking Our Preservation Toolkit: Envisioning an Inclusive Future for Historic Preservation

While historic preservationists have a diverse toolkit at their disposal, these tools pose significant limitations on telling more nuanced stories about historic places. This structured conversation seeks to envision practical and creative solutions to these limitations that utilize existing structures like the National Register of Historic Places, historic tax credits, and standards of integrity and significance or scraps these tools altogether and imagines new ones in their place. With backgrounds ranging from podcasts to dolls to cultural districts and beyond, participants and audience members alike will outline a more just, relevant, and sustainable future for the field of historic preservation.

Facilitators: William Stoutamire, University of West Georgia
Brian Whetstone, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Participants: Kristen Jeffers, The Black Urbanist
Sarah Marsom, Tiny Activist Project 
Edward Torrez, Bauer Latoza Studio and Latinos in Heritage Conservation
Jinny Turman, University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Earlier Event: November 7
Place Shapers Detroit