Hear from some of the inspiring individuals who are shaping the field of preservation in the United States. Learn about their preservation philosophies, inspiration, and accomplishments. Episodes will touch on advocacy, laws and regulations, preservation planning, intangible aspects of historic preservation stewardship, and more. Explore why preservation matters to our podcast guests, how it can make a difference in improving the future quality of life for people in communities around the country, and what links preservation to this year's history in the making—from the pandemic to protests on social inequality and racism. This first Preservation Profiles series celebrates the National Preservation Institute's 40th anniversary as a training program in historic preservation and cultural resource management. It is hosted by Jane I. Seiter, Ph.D., and produced by Hannah Hethmon for Better Lemon Creative Audio.
Preserving History through Truth Telling with Tanya Denckla Cobb
Tanya Denckla Cobb is the Director of the Institute for Engagement & Negotiation at the University of Virginia. For several years now the Institute has been working on a process called “Transforming Community Spaces.” This process offers communities a way to discuss and come to terms with their complex problems. Tanya explains how conflict management, negotiation, and mediation can be applied to historic preservation in order to build a more equitable and just society. Transcript: tinyurl.com/preservati
Preserving Community History with Marsh Davis
Marsh Davis is the President of Indiana Landmarks. In this episode, he speaks about how his preservation approach has evolved over his career, starting with his first role as an intern for the organization he now runs. He explains how Indiana Landmarks operates, their creative outside-the-box fundraising tactics, and why organizations like them are needed to help save historic buildings that the market deems unprofitable and not worth saving.
Preserving Native American History with Eric Hemenway
Eric Hemenway is an Anishnaabek/Odawa from Cross Village, Michigan, whose work centers around repatriation of remains and sacred objects under NAGPRA and speaking and teaching about Native American history and culture. In this episode, Eric discusses the interconnectedness of his work and identity, the unique challenges of preserving Native American heritage, and the need for more education and awareness of the true history and popular culture of America in schools. Transcript: tinyurl.com/npi-episode4
Preserving a Sense of Place with Laura Trieschmann
Laura Trieschmann is the State Historic Preservation Officer for the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. In this episode, Laura shares insights into the SHPO’s role and responsibilities. She discusses the very different approach to preservation she encountered in Vermont after many years surveying and researching historic properties in Washington, DC. Laura reveals ways historic preservation can be used for community building and preserving a sense of place.
Preserving Resources and Fostering Diversity with Robert Stanton
Robert G. Stanton joined the National Park Service as a seasonal ranger and rose through the ranks to become the agency’s first African American Director. In this episode, he reflects on the need to tell a more honest and inclusive history of America. He also speaks about his current work for the Preservation in Practice program that brings young African American professionals into historic preservation and as an expert member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Transcript: tinyurl.com/npi01
Preserving Intangible History with Susan West Montgomery
Susan West Montgomery is a passionate advocate for natural and historic places, committed to leveraging these places to connect citizens, promote social justice, and foster health and wellbeing. In this episode, we discuss the changing role of preservation, the need for creativity in preserving intangible heritage, the concept of greenlining, and what steps the preservation field can take to bring more inclusion and equity to the National Register of Historic Places. Transcript: tinyurl.com/npi0101