Preservation Conversations

In 2020, how we operated and did our jobs changed drastically. In an effort to continue our educational mission and provide an opportunity for connections, we created Preservation Conversations. Each week, PM hosted a virtual meeting where participants could learn from PM's professional staff and guest contributors on a variety of preservation topics and (most importantly) ask questions directly.

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Our preliminary "conversations" were a success, and we were glad to bring them back for 2021. Tune in each month for a guest presentation or discussion on a preservation agenda item. Remember to bring your questions and topics of discussion, or just grab a coffee and listen in. All conversations will be recorded and hosted on our YouTube channel and website. 

We're excited to see where a new season of Preservation Conversations will take us!



What would YOU like to talk about or learn in 2022?

Take our survey and help shape our schedule going forward. 

The Latest Conversations

Meet Jenn Doherty - Local Government Programs Coordinator for the MHC

Maximizing the Value of Sacred Places with Partners for Sacred Places. 

Preservation Conversations Archive 
Also available as a playlist on our YouTube Channel

Episode 1: "Pop-Up" Office Hour

Episode 3: Growing Grassroots Constituencies & Effective Local Advocacy

Referenced Resource Link:

15 Questions for Local Advocates

Episode 5: How To Talk About Historic Preservation

Episode 7: What It Takes - Local Advocacy Success Stories

Episode 9: Who Are They & Why Do I Need Them? Preservation Architects

Episode 11: The Floor Is Yours - Open Forum Discussion and Q&A with PM and MHC Staff

Episode 13: Historic New England Stone Walls with guest speaker Robert Thorson, professor and head of UConn's Department of Geology and author

Referenced Resource Link: 

New England Stone Wall Follow Up Questions

Episode 15: What is a Circuit Rider & When Do I Need Them?

Referenced Resource Link: Before Contacting a Circuit Rider...

Episode 2: "FAQ's with PM and MHC

Episode 4: Threatened Historic Resources: What To Do?

Referenced Resource Link:

15 Questions for a Threatened Resource

Episode 6: How to Move Challenging Projects Ahead

Episode 8: Who Are They & Why Do I Need Them? Preservation Consultants

Episode 10: Show Me The Money: Preservation Grant Programs with the MA Historical Commission

Episode 12: Show Me The Money: Historic Preservation and the Community Preservation Act

Episode 14: Show Me The Money - Historic Tax Credits and Preservation Projects with special guest speakers from Epsilon Associates. 

Episode 16: Local Funding Programs for Historic Homeowners, with Patrick Guthrie of the Arlington Preservation Fund

Referenced Resource Link:

Arlington Preservation Fund Documents - By-Laws, Guidelines & Articles of Organization

Episode 17: Stone Walls - How to Identify, Document and Evaluate Them in a Historic Landscape - with guest speaker Jeff Howry