Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:00 pm—Opening Keynote Lecture
Curtis G. Viebranz - President and CEO of Mount Vernon
How does a 258 year-old house museum stay relevant? What are the challenges in telling the history of people and places whose stories are taught to every school-age child in the United States?
Mount Vernon, the ancestral home of George Washington, was on the brink of ruin when purchased by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association in 1858. Under the care of the organization, the estate was restored, and opened to the public, continuing a tradition started by Washington himself. Designated a national Historic Landmark in 1960, Mount Vernon is still maintained by the Association, and is accessible to the public every day of the year.
Join PPS and Mount Vernon President and CEO Curt Viebranz as he discusses the technical challenges of overseeing a 500 acre estate, including installation of a state-of-the-art fire suppression system for the Mansion and dependencies, the creation of a Historic Buildings Information Management System and the establishment of the first dedicated endowment for the Mansion, historic buildings and landscape at Mount Vernon. Mr. Viebranz will also discuss how the interpretation of Mount Vernon has evolved with its audience, such as a major expansion in the museum’s digital presence, and how they have answered the question of “Why Preserve” throughout their 160 year history.
Discussion with Carl R. Nold, President and CEO of Historic New England, to follow.
FREE and open to the public. Register here (registration required)
Symposium VIP Dinner
Friday, November 4, 2016
8:00 am—Registration, Coffee and Greetings
8:45 am—Welcoming Remarks
9:00-10:00 am—Plenary Speaker
Max Page: Bending the Future
Max Page is a professor of architecture and history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and directs the UMass Historical Preservation Program. He is the author and editor of 8 books, including co-editor of Bending the Future: 50 Ideas for the Next 50 Years of Historic Preservation in the United States. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of the Rome Prize. Max’s most recent book, Why Preservation Matters, was released in October.
Dr. Page will frame the conversation by discussing the history of historic preservation, the current challenges facing the field, and the endless potential for the future.
10:15-11:15 am—Panel Discussion
In the Moment: What it Means to Preserve Today
Expounding on Curt Viebranz’s and Max Page’s themes, this discussion will tackle current issues that challenge preservation. Moderated by Margot Nishimura, Deputy Director of Collections, Programming and Public Engagement of the Newport Restoration Foundation, the panel will discuss the challenges to traditional preservation values and theory. Explore such varied topics as the present state of preservation education, challenges to established historical narratives, and new environmental threats to historic sites.
Panelists include Daniel Bluestone, Director of Preservation Studies Program, Boston University; Steven Lubar, Professor of American Studies, Brown University; and Lisa Howe, Director of New England Branch, Building Conservation Associates.
11:30 – 12:30 pm—Panel Discussion
Power Play: Harnessing the Tools of Preservation
Preservation has evolved. The values that helped save thousands of structures across the country are now being used to solve a variety of societal problems. Strategize on how the ideals of preservation can be put into practice with strategic planning, provide an influx of capital to communities, and even be a catalyst for economic recovery.
Moderated by Maia Farish, Community Relations Ambassador, Roger Williams University.
Panelists include Max. A. Van Balgooy, President of Engaging Places LLC, and Dr. Amber Wiley, Professor of American Studies at Skidmore College, and Rochelle Lee, board member, ONE Neighborhood Builders.
12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch
Boxed lunches are available for purchase during registration. Register Here.
1:45pm – 2:45pm – Panel Discussion
When the Light Goes Out: Community Responses to the Industrial Trust Building
As the tallest building the state, the vacant Industrial Trust building impacts not just the neighborhood of downtown, but reverberates throughout the city and beyond. What does it mean to someone from outside downtown if the building remains vacant? Does it mean anything at all? Wrestle with this overlooked question alongside our panelists.
Moderated by Ed Fitzpatrick, Director of Media & Public Relations, Roger Williams University.
Panelists include Laurie White, President, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Ijlal Muzaffar, Assistant Professor of Modern Architectural History, Rhode Island School of Design, and Curt Columbus, Artistic Director, Trinity Repertoire Theater.
3:00pm - 5:00pm—Tours
PPS and the Great Bronze Elevator
Curious about what’s beyond the banking hall? Friday Symposium attendees can join PPS tour guides for an exclusive tour of the Industrial Trust building, including the legendary vault and executive dining room, which provides a panorama view of the entire city!
Tours open to Friday Symposium ticket holders only. **ALL TOURS ARE NOW FULL**