Written by Kayla Jonas
Hello! My name is Kayla Jonas, and I’m a Canadian. To be more specific, I am from Hamilton, a city about an hour outside of Toronto. I will be attending the upcoming National Preservation Conference in Buffalo, New York. Why would a Canadian attend a national conference on US heritage? Here are my top reasons for attending:
1) Best Practices
One of the best things about conferences is learning about how other people are doing things. Going to a conference in another country will be particularly enlightening. The US and Canada have different regulatory frameworks as well as different types of preservation organizations. The conference will be a great opportunity to get insight into best practices and innovative new ideas that are used across the US.
Since I started blogging and tweeting (and co-hosting the #builtheritage twitter chats), I’ve met some amazing people virtually. I know many of them are attending the conference, so I’m excited to meet them in person. Of course, I’m also looking forward to meeting people who I haven’t bumped into yet, both off and online!
3) Location, Location, Location
Location is always important, and the location of this conference is ideal for me and other Canadians to attend. Buffalo is only about an hour from my place, and for people living in Toronto it's only a 90 minute drive.
4) Industrial Buffalo
I’ve driven through Buffalo many times on my way to shopping destinations and sporting events. The industrial areas of Buffalo have always caught my eye. I’m looking forward to learning more about the area and what is being done to preserve and reuses these buildings. It's also photographer’s dream and I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to photograph some of these magnificent structures.
These are my reasons for attending. What are yours?
Kayla Jonas is a heritage professional based in Southern Ontario and blogs at Adventures in Heritage.