This year the preservation world is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Passed in 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act is a landmark piece of legislation that has served as the guidepost for historic preservation in the United States. It is also responsible for the creation of the President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the National Register of Historic Places.
The NHPA was enacted in reaction to urban renewal in the United States Post WWII. As cities grew and flourished, old buildings and neighborhoods were demolished in order to make room for the shiny and new. For the last half century the NHPA has saved countless historic sites and buildings and has cultivated a strong, active preservation community.
Flash forward to today and we continue to face the challenges a post WWII America faced. As cities continue to grow and change, what role does preservation play?
This week HBI would like to highlight an event that will explore this very question. The Dynamic City: Futures for the Past hosted by Boston University Initiative on Cities, Historic New England and Boston University’s American and New England Studies Program is a two day conference that will examine the urban history of New England and its relationships within a global context. It will take place on Friday April 1st and Saturday April 2nd at Boston University. To find out more about the event and to register, click here.