My Reasons for Attending the National Preservation Conference

Posted on: August 9th, 2011 by Guest Writer 1 Comment


A break-out session at last year's conference in Austin, Texas. (Photo: National Trust for Historic Preservation)

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.

2) Networking

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.

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One Response

  1. David B. Schneider

    August 10, 2011

    I grew up in the Buffalo-Niagara area but left there 35 years ago to attend college in the south, where I have lived for the most part ever since and have been a preservation professional. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to return to Buffalo and to tour around with folks from Preservation Buffalo-Niagara. Frankly, I was blown away by the city’s architecture and the diversity of its preservation challenges and successes. I can’t think of any preservationist who won’t find this particular national preservation conference beneficial. You’ll be challenged, you’ll be inspired, and you’ll see how dedicated folks can overcome some pretty daunting challenges. Buffalo is a great American city with some of this country’s finest architecture – definitely a place that every preservationist should experience. I am still proud to call it my home town even though time and distance have separated us.