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Looking Forward: Preservation in New England in the Twenty-First Century

Ati Gropius

In October 2011, Historic New England and Roger Williams University invited a new generation of preservationists to articulate a vision for what is to be preserved in New England in the twenty-first century. Graduate students from the nation's top preservation and public history programs explored topics in three different areas: evaluation, assessment, and interpretation; integrity and treatment; and advocacy and activism.

Download PDFs of the presentations below, and tell us what you think in the comments section.

Keynote address

Preserving Twenty-First Century New England: What Place Will We Be?

Ned Kaufman, Ph.D., adjunct professor, Pratt Institute; director of research and training, Rafael Vinoly Architects, New York; author, Place, Race and Story: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation (Routledge, 2009)

Evaluation, Assessment, and Interpretation


Rethinking Preservation, Jason Hart, CUBE design + research, Boston

Integrity and Treatment

Advocacy and Activism

  • Provocateur: Briann Greenfield, Ph.D., associate professor, public historic program coordinator, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Conn.

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Symposium partners

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This project has been funded in part by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Antoinette Downing Preservation Fund for Rhode Island.


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Looking Forward: Preservation in New England in the Twenty-First Century