New Jersey Historic Trust Co-Hosts 2013 Historic Preservation Conference at Newark Museum


NEWARK, N.J. – The New Jersey Historic Trust, an affiliated agency of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), today joined the New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, and the non-profit organization Common Wealth of New Jersey, in co-hosting the 2013 New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference at the Newark Museum in Newark.

For the first time, the conference, which features the theme “Enriching Place,” is combining audiences from New Jersey’s History Issues Convention and the Historic Preservation Conference. Also new is a special track of educational sessions that focus on the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy on both disaster recovery and disaster preparedness for historic sites.

“The history and historic preservation communities have a common goal to save those sites and objects of historic and cultural value that will educate future generations and provide New Jersey’s residents with a sense of community identity and pride,”  said DCA Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III. “This conference provides a valuable forum for professionals in these communities to share their challenges and success stories. This year, it is even more important to discuss the effects of Sandy, and how to be prepared for the future.”

Speakers include author and consultant Tony Hiss; American Association for State and Local History President and CEO Terry Davis; and American Alliance of Museums Senior Director Julie Hart. The full-day conference also includes several off-site workshops, including a Newark planning and redevelopment walking tour and trolley tour of Branch Brook Park in Newark. Sixteen educational sessions are being offered, many eligible for AICP and AIA continuing education credits. 

“I am pleased that we are able to offer this year’s conference in a town whose history plays such an integral role in our state,” said New Jersey Historic Trust Executive Director Dorothy Guzzo. “Newark’s monumental buildings, legendary park system, and architecturally dynamic neighborhoods will provide a unique learning opportunity for this year’s participants.”

Established in 1967, the Historic Trust is the only nonprofit historic preservation organization in New Jersey created by state law. It provides financial support and technical assistance to historic preservation projects throughout the state of New Jersey.

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