More Than 500 Multi-Disciplinary Preservation Leaders at First-ever Summit in Worcester, Mass., October 13–14

Oct 4, 2022

More than five hundred of the country’s preservation experts, professionals, and community leaders come together on October 13-14 for the first time ever at the Historic New England Summit.

Leading Voices at the Summit

Catalytic voices from around the country explore critical, transformative issues in building more livable, resilient communities in the 21st century.

Major Cultural Urban Adaptive Reuse Concept to be Unveiled at Summit

As part of Historic New England’s long-term community building initiatives, the organization will unveil a major urban adaptive reuse concept at the Summit, Vin Cipolla, Historic New England President and CEO, announced today.

“We know that preservation works. By integrating the past with the present and informing the future by creating better places to live and work, we can advance our cities and towns. In the 21st century, historic preservation can lead in reimagining our communities to deliver new stories, experiences and opportunities and take on even more public-facing and civically engaged purposes,” said Cipolla. “Our Summit is ambitious, both in convening leaders drawn from an exceptionally broad cultural preservation spectrum, and in programming the two days with a diverse and collaborative group of forward-looking speakers who will share ideas and experiences that encourage new and transformative thinking.”

Internationally Acclaimed Pianist Melvin Chen to Perform at Summit Finale

The Summit concludes with the lively panel discussion New England’s Tradition of Summer Festivals focusing on how the region’s arts festivals transcend the stage and bridge cultures, classes, and generations. Panelists include award-winning actor James Naughton, Anne-Marie Soulliere (cultural philanthropy and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival leader), Christopher Serkin (Marlboro Music Festival), and Jenny Gersten (Williamstown Theatre Festival).

The Summit finale is a special performance by internationally acclaimed pianist and Director of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Melvin Chen, who will perform Dvorak’s Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 90. This final cultural section of the Summit, including the performance, is free and open to the public with advance registration.

Awards and Grants Recognizing Exceptional Preservation Work to be Presented

Five prestigious awards and grants recognizing exceptional preservation work across the region will be presented during the Summit, with the inaugural Historic New England Leadership Award announced at the event.
• The Historic New England Preservation Leadership Award
• The Historic New England Book Prize
• The Historic New England Prize for Collecting Works on Paper
• The Herbert and Louise Whitney Fund Community Preservation Grants
• The Edward F. Gerber Urban Preservation Grant

Summit Information

The Summit is at historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts, and offered to attendees around the globe via livestream.

Summit Partners
The Historic New England Summit is supported by an exceptional group of corporate, philanthropic, and cultural partners committed to the future of preservation. Partnerships are still available.