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Sessions are designed to enhance the knowledge of preservation professionals, as well as individuals actively involved in community preservation. If you have a particular passion, select a track and select sessions with the appropriate icon. Want an at-a-glance session schedule for reference? Click here to download and print. (When you register, you'll receive a confirmation with your schedule.)

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Plenary by Tom Mayes of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and presentation of the 2019 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards, followed by a reception

Tom Mayes, of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will explore how places evoke feelings of belonging, continuity, stability, identity and memory, as well as the more traditional reasons that old places have been deemed by society to be important, such as history, national identity, and architectural merit. Whether you're an architect or a community organizer, gain insights that will help you help others to express the ways that old places matter to them, and guide future directions for people-centered historic preservation.

Pennsylvania's Historic Preservation Awards continue a tradition started in 1979 to honor excellence in preservation. We'll celebrate the people who are doing exceptional things across the Commonwealth, providing an opportunity to learn and be inspired. Gather on the veranda afterward for tea and cookies and conversation. Tom Mayes will be available to sign copies of his book. (A limited quantity is available for pre-purchase with awards and/or conference registration).
Tom Mayes has written and spoken widely on why old places matter to people, as well as preservation easements, shipwreck protection, historic house museums, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and preservation public policy. For many years, he taught historic preservation law at the University of Maryland Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. In 2013, Tom received the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize in Historic Preservation, and wrote a series of essays titled Why Old Places Matter.