Union County College in Elizabeth to Host N.J. Historic Preservation Conference, June 2


ELIZABETH, NJ – Historic preservation experts, architects and planners from throughout the state will travel to the campus of Union County College in Elizabeth to convene the 2010 New Jersey Historic Preservation Conference on Wednesday, June 2. The conference is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Elizabeth Development Company, the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association, the New Jersey chapters of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects, the Brick City Development Corp., and more than a dozen other sponsors.

“We appreciate that the New Jersey Historic Trust chose Elizabeth – one of the oldest cities in the United States – for the site of this year’s conference,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Daniel P. Sullivan. “And we’re happy to have the opportunity to showcase Warinanco Park for our out-of-town visitors.”

More than 300 people are expected to attend sessions at the new Union County College Elizabeth I. Kellogg Building on West Jersey Street and participate in tours of Midtown Elizabeth and Warinanco Park before a reception at the early 20th century Ritz Theater.

“Union County is happy to welcome this important statewide conference to the City of Elizabeth,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Advisory Board. “It is a great opportunity to learn from our guests and to share with them the rich history and diverse heritage of our remarkable county.”

Under the theme “Sustainable Past = Sustainable Future,” this year’s educational sessions and workshops are designed for historic preservation commissioners, planners, architects, municipal officials, historians, archaeologists and landscape designers. Among the dozen offerings are sessions about heritage tourism development, cultural diversity and historic preservation, archaeology’s role in architectural planning and park design, the use of Transfer of Development Rights, and interpretive tools for museums and heritage sites. The conference provides an opportunity for planners and architects to earn Continuing Education Units.
Featured speakers will include Robert Ivy, editor in chief of the Architectural Record; Nancy D. Kolb, former CEO of the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia; and Donovan Rypkema, from Place Economics, a Washington D.C. economic development consulting firm.

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