Preservation Past, Present, Future
The 23rd Annual RI Statewide
Saturday, April 12, 2008 in Providence
Click here to download the program (pdf format).
The year 2008 marked the 40th anniversary of the RI Historic Preservation Act and the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. The 23rd Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference used the anniversary as a starting point to explore the past, present, and future of historic preservation in Rhode Island.
Thank you for joining the Annual Conference to recall past preservation achievements, and to focus on current on current critical issues from environmental sustainability to economic development. Whether it was schools, farms, or Modern architecture, you picked up the latest strategies to guide future practice. You toured historic neighborhoods around the Armory, Broadway, Elmhurst, Elmwood, and West Elmwood. You explored the Woonasquatucket River Watershed on bicycles and busses to check out recreation initiatives, environmental improvements, and mill rehabs. You traveled through time to sites of "preservation's greatest hits"--the Arcade, Masonic Temple, Benefit Street--and of its lost battles--Eagle Square, the Gorham Plant, Wriston Quad.
On the West Side, on the South Side, and throughout Rhode Island, historic preservation is a dynamic process. Thanks for joining us to explore the past, present, and future of historic preservation in Rhode Island.