2019 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

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Friday, May 17, 2019 | Omni Hotel, 155 Temple Street, New Haven, CT
8:30 - 9:00  Registration
9:00 - 9:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30 - 10:00  Keynote
10:00 - 10:30 Keynote Q&A
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Breakout Sessions I (see session descriptions below)
        A) The Meaning of It All: How to write an impactful significance statement for State and National Register Nominations
        B) Evaluating Projects Using the Standards for Rehabilitation
        C) Funding Opportunities and Grant Writing
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:45 Breakout Sessions II (see session descriptions below)
        A) Mastering the Art of Advocacy and Communications
        B) Planning for Success: Undertaking capital improvement projects from start to finish 
        C) Incorporating Energy Efficiency into Historic Buildings
2:45 - 3:00  Break
3:00 – 4:00 Closing Panel 
Saturday, May 18, 2019 |  Henry Whitfield Museum, 248 Old Whitfield Road, Guilford, CT  


8:30-9:00 - Registration
9:00 – 11:00 Workshops Round 1
11:00 – 1:00 Workshops Round 2


Workshop Choices:
Timber Frame Construction (Whitfield)
Masonry Repointing (Whitfield)
Monument Conservation (Alder Brook Cemetery)
Windows (Whitfield)


Breakout Session Descriptions

Breakout Session I
I.A) The Meaning of It All: Exploring Historic Significance
A key part of preserving historic resources is communicating why they are important, but how do you do that? What history is relevant and why is it necessary to be specific? The State and National Registers of Historic Places provide a framework for describing why a place has historic value. Get the inside scoop on how to craft statements of historic significance from National Register practitioners. This session will include case-study presentations followed by open discussion.
Ned Connors, Historian, Edward Connors & Associates
Jeffrey Emidy, Deputy Director/Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission
Laura Kline, Senior Architectural Historian and Project Manager, Public Archaeology Laboratory (PAL)
I.B) Evaluating Projects Using the Standards for Rehabilitation

Join SHPO staff in this hands-on, real-time evaluation of projects using the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.  Learn from SHPO staff about its review process across a variety of programs and how we evaluate projects against the Standards through this interactive discussion.

Julie Carmelich, Historian, State Historic Preservation Office
Todd Levine, Historian, State Historic Preservation Office
Alyssa Lozupone, Architectural Preservationist, State Historic Preservation Office
I.C) Funding your vision: Tips on writing a successful grant proposal

Join us for a discussion on how to write compelling grant proposals that will secure funding to advance your organization’s goals.  Panelists will tap into their experience and expertise as funders, grantees, and proposal evaluators to offer advice on how to present your case for funding in clear and convincing language.

Elizabeth Shapiro, Director of Operations, Preservation and Museums
Scott Wands, Manager of Grants and Programs, CT Humanities
Claire Calabretta, Associate Director, Institutional Advancement, Mystic Seaport Museum


Breakout Session II
II.A) Mastering the Art of Advocacy and Communications 
In this session, Geoff Handy, Chief Marketing Officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will share tips and tricks for effective preservation advocacy and communications. From messaging for legislators to cultivating community support to social media strategies, Geoff will provide you and your organization with some basic strategies for success.


Geoff Handy - Chief Marketing Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation

II.B) Planning for Success: Undertaking capital improvement projects

Capital improvement projects can be daunting even for the most seasoned of organizations and property owners.  This panel will explore the challenges of planning for capital improvement projects and the steps one should take to ensure successful completion.  Come with examples from  your own experiences and join in the discussion!


James LaRosa, LaRosa Building Group
Chris Lipinski, Project Manager/Building Construction Specialist, DECD
Sara Nelson, AIA, Nelson Edwards Company Architects

II.C) Do I Have the Energy? Making historic structures energy efficient

We have all heard the phrase "the greenest building is the one already built."  Historic structures were often constructed to maximize resources of the period.  But, modern interventions and alterations often interrupt these closed systems, leading to the belief that old buildings are inefficient.  How then can we strike the balance - maximize the existing sustainability of a structure, while improving in through modern techniques? This session will be a lively panel discussion featuring audience participation and examples.  


Jomika Bogan, Lead Inspector, City of New Haven
Jud Aley, Aley Building Contractors