The Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation program at Salve Regina University in collaboration with the Newport Restoration Foundation will host its annual conference (October 13-15, 2016) on the theme “Preservation in the US: 50 Years On.” The purpose of this conference is to identify and discuss the successes and failures of doing preservation on this, the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.
The passage of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in 1966 was a defining moment for historic preservation in the United States. Through the creation of institutions like State Historic Preservation Offices and the National Register of Historic Places, the act marked the entry of the federal government into what had been more localized preservation efforts. The ensuing five decades have seen a wide variety of outcomes, most of which are the consequences – intentional as well as unintentional – of relationships involving both the private and public sectors. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NHPA, it is important to reflect on this history, as well as to envision how the relationship between the NHPA and historic preservation might look in the future.
Tom King, author of Saving Places That Matter: A Citizen’s Guide to the National Historic Preservation Act, will give the keynote address.
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