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24th Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

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The 24th Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference is taking place Saturday, April 25 on URI’s Kingston Campus.

Where better to explore the preservation of outdoor places than South County?

From its sparkling coastline to its rugged forests, open farmland to village lanes, South County is one of Rhode Island’s most distinctive historic places. Step out to learn about protecting and preserving historic farms, woodlands, riverfronts, and seashores. Consider what design features, what tools, and what intangibles contribute to the individual sense of place in each historic village, each neighborhood, and on each campus. Gather tips from experts, and compare experiences with colleagues from around Rhode Island and throughout New England.

Field trips will sample the landscapes and architecture of South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Narragansett, Charlestown, and Richmond. Destinations include farms, conservation land, industrial villages, resort communities, archaeological sites, and a mid-century modern neighborhood. On campus, explore the University of Rhode Island’s historic buildings, campus planning projects, and latest heritage initiatives.

Expect a few changes at this year’s conference. At the Opening Session, we will hold a plenary discussion to relate themes of the keynote address to policies and experiences on-the-ground in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission and Preserve Rhode Island will announce a new awards program that will culminate with a celebration this fall. And finally, because 2009 marks the launch of “Preservation is Local” – a new community grants initiative for Rhode Island – join us for a pair of sessions that surveys local needs and plans for the future.

Download the conference brochure and registration information here.

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