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Annual Conference: Preservation Steps Out (2009)

south county farm

The 24th Annual RI Statewide
Historic Preservation Conference

Saturday, April 25 at URI/Kingston

Preservation Steps Out

Click here to download the program (pdf format).

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. At Rhode Island's Annual Statewide Historical Preservation Conference, we stepped out to learn about protecting and preserving historic farms, woodlands, riverfronts, and seashores. We considered 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 sampled the landscapes and architecture of South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Narragansett, Charlestown, and Richmond. Destinations included farms, conservation land, industrial villages, resort communities, archaeological sites, and a mid-century modern neighborhood. On campus, tourgoers explored the University of Rhode Island’s historic buildings, campus planning projects, and latest heritage initiatives.

This year’s conference brought several changes. At the Opening Session, a plenary discussion related 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 announced 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 – a pair of sessions surveyed local needs and plans for the future.