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A Celebration of Preservation:
Looking Back on 50 Years of the National Historic Preservation Act in Vermont

October 20th, 2016
Chandler Music Hall
Randolph, VT
1 to 4 pm, Reception 4 to 5:30

The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Preservation Trust of Vermont are partnering for a one-day event on October 20, 2016, to recognize the effects of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) on historic preservation in Vermont. The day's event will highlight the impacts of the NHPA in Vermont, recounting successful and maybe some not so successful projects from a variety of perspectives.
The NHPA was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, giving rise to what was called "the new preservation." Since that day, the NHPA has stabilized villages and downtowns, contributed to public education, attracted investment, created jobs, generated tax revenues, supported small business and affordable housing, and empowered Vermont's heritage tourism industry. Publicly owned historic properties, from local landmarks to state-owned historic sites and national parks, maintain community pride and identity, aid local and regional economies through their operation and maintenance, and foster a variety of public uses. The NHPA established the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes, and archaeology, and should be celebrated.
Chester Liebs will provide the keynote address, The National Historic Preservation Act and the Awakening of "The New Preservation" in Vermont: An Eyewitness Overview. Among the key figures who encouraged the awakening of the new preservation in Vermont, UVM Professor Emeritus Chester Liebs served as Assistant Director of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation in the early 1970s, founded the University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program in 1975, and was a founding board member of the Preservation Trust of Vermont in 1980. In his keynote, Liebs will offer a brief, illustrated eye-witness recounting of how the NHPA and "the new preservation" refocused attention from saving a scattering of historic sites to the conservation and selective repurposing of a broad range of structures, districts and landscapes reflecting the continuum of history of the people of the Green Mountain State. The lecture will also provide an historical context for post-NHPA historic preservation in Vermont in the formative decade of the 1970s, and will serve as a reminder of how far the state has come in the past 50 years.     
Following the keynote, participants from all disciplines, including federal and state agencies, municipalities, consultants, developers, architects and builders, students, and the general public will share their experiences and lessons learned with fun with PechaKucha-style presentations. 

Reception to follow from 4-5:30.

Sign up to attend the celebration event by emailing Jenni Lavoie at

Preservation Trust of Vermont
104 Church Street
Burlington, VT  05401
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