Countdown to Buffalo: Inside the National Trust Conference Office

Posted on: September 7th, 2011 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Priya Chhaya

Outside the Colored Musicians Club in Buffalo. (Photo: National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Wow. We’re about forty days away from the National Preservation Conference - where exactly did 2011 go? After a full year of dedicated planning, we’re finally at the homestretch - which means that these next few weeks are the busiest for my colleagues in the National Trust Conference Office as they work to pull together one of the biggest preservation events of the year.

As I pondered what to write in this week’s blog post I thought it might be nice to glance into the office and see what everyone is working on, along with a few tips for our intrepid conference-goers.

Charlotte, our education maven, is editing and scrutinizing the final program. It’s a huge task involving much more than looking at grammar and word choice. While it is very close to being shipped off to the printer, making sure that dates, times, rooms and directions are in place is like putting together a giant puzzle. In addition it’s her job to keep an eye on field sessions to see what tours are close to selling out, and what sessions are still available.

Are you thinking of going on a field session? Here are a few options:

  • October 19: Urban Agriculture in Emerging Neighborhoods
  • October 19: Public School Reconstruction Tour
  • October 19: West Side Community Development Tour
  • October 19: Hidden from Sight-Honoring the History of Native People
  • October 20: Green Makeover of the Market Arcade Building
  • October 21: "Sanctuary to Speakeasy": A Model for African American Heritage Tourism

is in charge of the conference scholarship program. Coordinating a group of first- and second- time conference attendees is a huge task. Plus, she is ardently working on scheduling some great speakers from the Buffalo-Niagara area.

Personally, I’m psyched that the scholarship program mixer (which takes place at the Statler Building on October 20, following the National Preservation Awards Ceremony) is going to include live entertainment by musicians from the Colored Musicians Club. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Jacquie also just told me that sessions have just been approved for USGBC credit, making it the fourth partners in Continuing Education Units that are being offered at the National Preservation Conference. Here is the full list:

  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) (New!)
  • American Planning Association (APA)/American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Education Provider Program
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Farin and Andrew are marching forward with preparations for the exhibit hall. Farin tells me that we have exhibitors of all shapes and sizes including a series of architects, Historic Hotels of America, and a booth by the Museum of disAbility History. If you are still interested in having a booth at the exhibit hall information is available on our exhibitor information site. And while you “Nosh and Network” don’t forget a staple of the National Preservation Conference - Preservation Action’s silent auction.

Then there is Mary, whom some of you might know from her work on the National Main Streets Conference. Right now, especially with the rooms at the main conference hotels being sold out, Mary is focused on housing. So for those of you attending, she wants you to know that the National Preservation Conference has paired up with a free service called A Room with a View. They will secure the lowest available rates within walking distance of the Convention Center. A Room With A View can be reached at 800-780-4343 or 817-453-8038. This is a free service for all conference attendees.

And finally - we wanted to let you know that if you’re in DC at the end of September and want a sneak peak of one of our speakers, Isabel Wilkerson will be at the National Book Festival September 23-24, 2011 on the National Mall.

With forty days to go I’m feeling pretty good about the way things are going. Knowing that Charlotte, Andrew, Jacquie, Farin, Mary and of course conference director Lori are on the job means that everything will be ready on time.

So if you haven’t registered for the National Preservation Conference what are you waiting for? Learn more at the National Preservation Conference website.

Priya Chhaya is a program associate in the Partnerships Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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