Announcing the
Historic New England Summit

October 13 and 14
Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA
and Livestream

Add your voice to New England’s largest conference about the places we live and our collective roles in creating livable and resilient communities.

Two days of exciting conversations will explore how twenty-first-century challenges and opportunities are transforming the fields of historic preservation, architecture, urban planning, conservation, arts and culture, museum studies, collections management, public history, and education. This highly interactive program will include keynote presentations by regional and national leaders, panel discussions, provocations, networking opportunities, awards, and more.


Explore topics such as:

  • Culture as catalyst
  • Agricultural preservation
  • Teaching authentic history
  • Preservation and affordable housing
  • Repurposing industrial spaces
  • Trades education
  • Climate change and resiliency
  • Heritage in the digital age
  • Twenty-first-century museum collecting
  • Activating landscapes
  • The power of the arts
  • …And more



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Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals, institutions, and corporations. Join us as a Summit sponsor and we’ll see you in our Hospitality Suite at Mechanics Hall on October 13 and 14. For more information, please call Amanda Breen at 617-994-5966.


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About the Venue

Columned facade of Mechanics Hall, Worcester with traffic lights in the foreground. Storefronts are visible at street level.

Mechanics Hall, a National Historic Landmark, showcases the vital role of historic and cultural spaces in sustaining vibrant communities. For more than 160 years, it has been the cultural cornerstone of central Massachusetts. Mechanics Hall is conveniently located in the heart of New England in downtown Worcester, 40 minutes from Boston and Providence, an hour from Hartford, and three hours from New York City. It is easily accessible by several major highways and via the MBTA commuter rail. Mechanics Hall is considered by architectural historians to be one of the nation’s finest pre-Civil War concert halls, and is regarded still as one of the world’s great concert halls for its superb acoustics and beauty.


About Historic New England

Historic New England is committed to protecting and sharing the full New England experience, with over 110 years of pioneering preservation practice and public engagement across the region. Our museums, landscapes, collections, archives, and easement program offer an unparalleled framework for outreach, interpretation, engagement, and education across New England – for sharing our region’s unique history, and for deepening an appreciation for saving the past and benefiting the future through advocating for preservation, sustainability, and livability in the region’s communities.



Mechanics Hall photo by Kenneth C. Zirkel.