Going Beyond Boundaries: Preservation and National Parks

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For historic preservationists, the conservation of American cultural and natural history often begins in our national parks. This is where millions of Americans come every year to make connections between past and present. The brand-new Cesar E. Chavez National Monument designation is an excellent example of a piece of history that had been missing from our park system and is important to understanding the full American experience. Understanding the different ways to preserve these places is an important part of the work we do at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

At the end of the month, preservationists from all over the country will gather in Spokane, Washington, for our annual National Preservation Conference. This year’s theme is “Beyond Boundaries,” and participants will explore ways to revitalize cities, create jobs, and conserve treasured landscapes. Various sessions look at the link between historic preservation and public lands, many of which are owned and operated by the National Park Service.

Relevant sessions include:

  • Conversation Starter: You Say Wilderness, I say Preservation! Good vs. Good on Public Lands and Beyond
  • Conversation Starter: Telling Richer Stories of Place
  • Understanding Preservation Issues within Wilderness Areas
  • Happy Trails! Going to Great Lengths to Preserve National Historic Trails
  • Re-imagining  Historic Sites on Public Lands: The Case of the Chatham Beach Camps
  • Alternative Strategies for Saving People and Place: Isle Royale and the Preservation of Culture

We are also offering a variety of continuing education credits. Learn more on our website.

You can also visit blog.preservationleadershipforum.org October 31-November 3 to see what’s going on in Spokane!

About the Author

Priya Chhaya is online content coordinator for the National Trust for Historic Preservation