Statewide Preservation Priorities
Cruising the Commonwealth
Cruising the Commonwealth was a series of meetings across the state during the summer of 2017, where PM heard directly from local partners, organizations, and individuals about issues, needs, thoughts, challenges, successes, and ideas for the future related to historic preservation.
PM staff ventured out to hear how you envisioned a statewide organization serving you better, what programs would be helpful, and what you really need to make preservation possible in your communities. We wanted to hear not only from those involved with preservation, but also other groups whose work intersects with or correlates to preservation activities statewide, or anyone who is interested but would not necessarily call themselves "preservationists." Armed with a full tank of gas and a laptop, we were prepared to do a whole lot of note taking and listening.
The results were eye-opening and inspirational. Through 10 meetings and our online survey, we gained great insight into what the preservation community feels is important now, and also how we can be a better resource, partner, and organization in the future.
Cruising the Commonwealth
Top 4 Preservation Priorities
1. Education: Expand and promote education, awareness, and understanding of historic preservation.
2. Building Connections & Partnerships: Staying connected, networked, and growing our community relationships.
3. Improved Access: to (more) resources and information.
4. Reactive vs. Proactive: How can we be more effective as a movement?
View the detailed priorities here.
Cruising the Commonwealth Notes
Each meeting had different tenors, attendees, and findings. While there were a lot of similarities across concepts and ideas, there were also regionally specific discussions, ideas, and models. The notes from each of our meetings are included below.
The goal of Cruising the Commonwealth was to not have a finished end result. This was not a report to be bound and placed on a shelf. Rather, we sought to begin a larger conversation about preservation in Massachusetts.
The priorities listed are the overarching issues we heard statewide, but each region, from the Cape to the Berkshires, is incredibly unique. What we learned during each meeting will help us tremendously with our work across the Commonwealth.
A Preservation Summit was held in October 2018 in Worcester. It involved stakeholders from the preservation, landscape, history, consulting, design, architecture, advocacy and regulatory areas. The day was full of stimulating and thought-provoking discussion. The group contributed lots of suggestions of how to move toward two main goals. In 2019, we convened again at the statewide preservation conference, presented the progress on our goals, and continued the ongoing conversations with attendees.
We look forward to continuing the conversation and incorporating this listening tour activity into future planning for PM.