National Preservation Conference: A Recap

A recap of the National Preservation Conference in Spokane, WA from October 30th through November 3rd, 2012.

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  1. My story in Spokane begins on Tuesday evening, when I arrived without any delays or changes to my travel itinerary. It was raining when I arrived, although the rain stayed away for most of the time we were there.
  2. First up on Wednesday morning....
  3. Our took took us to the scenic town of Sandpoint, Idaho, located on the gorgeous Lake Pend Oreille. We hit up the Sandpoint Community Center, Train Station, and... 
  4. On our way back from Sandpoint, we stopped in the small community of Priest River to tour the LEED Gold rehabilitation of the Beardmore Block. 
  5. The conference officially began Wednesday evening, with the Opening Plenary Session at the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane. 
  6. Stephanie Meeks, National Trust President, and Annie Leonard, from The Story of Stuff, both gave excellent talks during the session. 
  7. After the Opening Plenary, we moved to the opening reception and the #BuiltHeritage Tweet Up!
  8. Thursday morning featured a Conversation Started titled "You Say Wilderness, I say Preservation! Good vs. Good on Public Lands and Beyond."  This session discussed the complexities of the Wilderness Act versus the National Historic Preservation Act, using the Green Mountain Lookout as a discussion point.
  9. I took some time Thursday morning to capitalize on the beautiful weather (no rain!) and took some pictures of Spokane. 
  10. In the afternoon, I first went to an education session discussing environmentalism versus preservation in a more legal context. The session discussed issues at the local, state, and national levels.