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The Preservation Movement Then and Now

Preservation Movement Panel

Discover the history of the preservation movement in New England. This engaging panel exhibition, developed by Historic New England, highlights the unsuccessful effort to save Boston’s Hancock House in 1863, which was the early catalyst for preservation in the region. Learn how the movement evolved to include saving buildings of architectural interest and those associated with historic people and events. The exhibition concludes with an overview of preservation today, which has expanded to include twentieth-century buildings, streetscapes, neighborhoods, and open spaces.

Rent the Exhibition

  • Thirteen panels with text and images
  • One state-appropriate panel 
  • Optional preservation lecture by a Historic New England staff member

Fee: $2,000 for a three-month period plus one-way shipping. Please contact us for a full checklist.

View the exhibition panels.

The Preservation Movement Then and Now