Preservation Forum: Preserving Place in a Rapidly Changing World

Goucher’s M.A.H.P. program has undergone changes in its 25 years, yet it continues to endure and thrive. Echoing that theme, this summer, we are hosting the M.A.H.P. 25th Anniversary Forum, Preserving Place in a Rapidly Changing World.

As the places we value are changing, so we are transforming our goals for preservation of places. The historic preservation field is venturing onto varied new pathways. In our field’s recent discourse, we’ve exposed fault lines in how we’ve done our work and expanded the mandate to support the heritage well-being of more people in more ways.

At this Forum, the speakers—engaged practitioners—ask what if? and explore innovative answers. They step into the next phase of heritage work by:

  • Examining new practices based on non-tangible aspects of our work, emotional place attachment, losing and finding heritage, and supporting place-based identities;
  • Expanding the community that knows and keeps places; and
  • Incorporating and testing additional effective practices in response to rethinking and criticisms of what we have done.

With place as the nexus of their inquiries, Forum presenters will examine places we value in the context of traditional and emerging concepts and approaches in historic preservation during five thematically-framed sessions during the Forum day. The agenda includes time for further questioning, discussion and reflection after each session in the What if? What now? What for? and What could be? Salons. Several Fresh Voices short videos will extend the exploratory nature of the Forum.

Please join us as we consider a range of effective practices for preserving places in a rapidly changing world.

The Forum will be recorded and shared with registrants after the day. 

Dial-In Information

Registrants will receive instructions to join the forum the morning of the event via email. 

Saturday, July 31 at 11:00am to 6:00pm

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Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, M.A. in Historic Preservation




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