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Annual Conference: Preservation is Local (2010)

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The 25th Annual RI Statewide
Historic Preservation Conference

Saturday, April 24, 2010
in Little Compton and Tiverton

Preservation is Local

Click here to download the program (pdf format).

In Rhode Island, many important historic preservation projects start with a small group of community members collaborating on issues of local concern. Protecting rural landscapes, finding new uses for endangered buildings, strengthening or introducing historic districts, interpreting historic places, increasing heritage tourism – what are the preservation priorities in your community?

To find out, RIHPHC launched the Preservation is Local initiative with funding from a Preserve America grant. Last year, three town-hall-style regional summits identified local issues. Then a $200,000 grant round funded 18 of the best community preservation projects from around the state. In Rhode Island’s 39 towns, dozens of villages, and hundreds of neighborhoods, preservation is local.

The 2010 conference showcased Preservation is Local Grant projects and other initiatives from around the state. We considered how communities are adopting historic districts, enhancing their signage programs, creating affordable housing in landmark buildings, and protecting their places that matter. And we explored other pressing issues like energy efficiency for historic houses, geothermal installations, and stone wall ordinances.

Field trips sampled the landscapes and architecture of the Sakonnet Peninsula: Little Compton, Tiverton, and the village of Adamsville which incorporates parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Destinations included farms and conservation land, forts and battlefields, rural villages and summer resorts, archaeological sites and cemeteries, and a monument to our state bird, the Rhode Island Red.