New Jersey Historic Trust Presents “Sustaining the Past –Inventing the Future.”

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The New Jersey Historic Trust, an affiliate of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), today is co-hosting the 2012 Historic Preservation Conference at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. The conference, “Sustaining the Past, Inventing the Future,” is focused on how communities can sustain their historic and cultural attractions.

“The preservation of cultural and historic sites is critical to ensuring that future generations have the opportunity to learn more about New Jersey’s place in history,” said DCA Acting Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III. “This conference is a wonderful opportunity for people interested in historic preservation to learn from their peers about architectural and planning preservation methods, to discuss stewardship models for historic sites and to discover new partnerships through professional networking.”

Keynote Speaker Steve Mouzon, president of New Urban Guild – a group of architects and designers dedicated to sustainability in building – addressed sustainability and historic preservation efforts from around the country. His address differentiated between the use (and overuse) of the term “sustainability” and what it actually entails to become sustainable. Mr. Mouzon also illustrated how human behavior is ultimately the key factor in striving for sustainability.

The conference also includes several off-site workshops, including a planning and preservation workshop about Princeton, walking tours of the Kahn Bath House Complex, the First Presbyterian Church of Ewing Sanctuary, and a preservation tour of Princeton’s residential treasures.

“I am pleased that we are able to offer an agenda that is a direct result of our ‘Call for Sessions’,” said Historic Trust Executive Director Dorothy Guzzo. “This has helped to create dynamic sessions that address the importance of historic preservation to the future economic health and vitality of New Jersey’s neighborhoods and communities.”

In addition to the New Jersey Historic Trust, the conference is being hosted by the Historic Preservation Office of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Historical Commission.

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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