On October 31st and November 1st, HistoriCorps presented two sessions at the recent National Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Conference in Indianapolis. In the first session, our good friend and one of HistoriCorps’ founders, Terri Liestman from the U.S. Forest Service, highlighted the ways in which HistoriCorps has successfully partnered with traditionally non-preservation organizations, creating new and effective gateways to the field of historic preservation. In the second session, HistoriCorps’ Executive Director, Towny Anderson, explored how preservation nonprofits can become active participants in building rehabilitation by strategically using tax credits and selective rehabilitation, turning preservation advocates into community revitalization leaders.
These sessions sparked interesting discussions and helped spread the word about the great work that our volunteers and field staff are doing every day. Terri commented, “We were really pleased with the turnout. I think it shows that there are many people looking for common solutions to emerging issues that confront us as preservationists. We were fortunate to have two volunteers at the session who were on HistoriCorps projects, college students Andrea Sowle and Nicole VanBlaricum. Andrea told the group why HistoriCorps projects are attractive to young people like them. Towny and I were pleased to have been invited to speak, and I think it was a very productive session.”