October 13 and 14
Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
Historic New England’s mission to protect our historic resources and support our neighborhoods could not be timelier and more urgent. We know that preservation works. It enhances livability, reduces waste, gives us beauty and inspiration in our daily lives, and provides charm in our cities and towns which in turn attracts tourism and businesses.
Why the Summit?
Preservation integrates the past with the present, and it informs the future by creating better places to live and work. Historic communities are resilient, with depth, pride, vitality, and connectedness, all of which attract investment.
The collaborative opportunities to advance our cause are enormous. Our cities’ and towns’ historic districts, and our landscapes, parks, and museums are all here to tell important stories – authentically, inclusively, and innovatively. In the 21st century, historic preservation can lead in reimagining our communities to deliver new stories, experiences, and opportunities, and take on even more public-facing and civically engaged purposes.
The Historic New England Summit will present two days of exciting conversations that explore how 21st-century challenges and opportunities are transforming the fields of historic preservation, architecture, urban planning, conservation, arts and culture, museum studies, collections management, public history, and education. This highly interactive program will include keynote presentations by regional and national leaders, panel discussions, provocations, networking opportunities, awards, and more.
The Historic New England Summit will:
- Be inclusive, encouraging participation from a broad and diverse audience, both in person and virtually
- Bring together preservationists, conservationists, educators, civic and municipal leaders, urban planners, arts and culture organizations, philanthropists, community advocates, engaged citizens, and students in open dialogue
- Encourage debate on timely issues and topics that are relevant to building resilient and livable urban, suburban, and rural communities across New England
- Focus on New England while addressing topics that resonate nationally and globally
- Help transform preservation into an accessible and essential ethic in community sustainability, livability, and resilience
- Inspire public-private and transdisciplinary partnerships
What to Expect
The dynamic, fast-paced Summit program will feature:
- Regionally and nationally recognized leaders whose work is on the leading edge of preservation, education, urban planning, land conservation and agriculture, humanities, arts and culture, philanthropy, advocacy, social justice, and related disciplines
- Powerful keynote speakers, panel discussions, conversations, and lightning talks
- Networking opportunities and platforms for individuals and organizations from across the region to share ideas, challenges, and success stories
- The presentation of concepts for transforming a factory building into a vibrant cultural center and partner in urban revitalization
- Targeted opportunities for student participation and engagement
- Award presentations recognizing exceptional work across the region, including
- The Historic New England Book Prize
- The Historic New England Prize for Collecting Works on Paper
- The Herbert and Louise Whitney Fund Community Preservation Grants
- The Edward F. Gerber Urban Preservation Fund Award
- The inaugural Historic New England Preservation Leadership Award
About Historic New England
Historic New England, founded as The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in 1910, is the largest and most comprehensive independent preservation organization in the United States, and welcomes the public to thirty-eight exceptional museums and landscapes, including several coastal farms. The organization operates a major collections and archives center in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and has the world’s largest collection of New England artifacts, comprising more than 123,000 decorative arts and objects, and 1.5 million archival documents including photographs, architectural drawings, manuscripts, and ephemera. Engaging education programs for youth, adults, and preservation professionals, and award-winning exhibitions and publications are offered in person and virtually. The Historic New England Preservation Easement program is a national leader and protects 118 privately owned historic properties throughout the region.