NOVEMBER 15, 2012
DSP at the Spokane National Preservation Conference
The generous support of the National Park Service continues a 20-year legacy of engaging community leaders of diverse backgrounds in the National Preservation Conference. Despite Hurricane Sandy’s pounding on the East Coast, the Spokane National Preservation Conference was a resounding success. Thirty Diversity Scholars, representing 15 states (including the Virgin Islands) were selected to attend this year’s conference to experience an exciting week full of diverse and thought-provoking conference activities.
The Diversity Scholarship Program hosted and participated in a number of conference events. Diversity Scholars, alumni, mentors and guests began the week of exciting conference activities at the Diversity Scholarship Program Opening and Orientation. Leslie Tom, Sarina Mohan, and Gwendolyn Trice, each 2012 Diversity Scholars, delivered energetic and engaging presentations about their preservation work in their home communities. During the Conservation Starter Session entitled "Telling Richer Stories of Place," which by many reports was a conference highlight for many conference goers, featured a panel of four Diversity Scholars (Edgar Garcia, Michelle Magalong, Keith McGee, and Aissia Richardson) telling their “rich” and “diverse” stories of place. Scholars also presented on a variety of preservation topics during education and power sessions. Lastly, in partnership with the National Trust Advisors, Diversity Scholars gathered at the historic Steam Plant for a mixer to relax and network with fellow scholars, alumni, and National Trust leadership while enjoying tours of the iconic building.
Congratulations to the 2012 Diversity Scholars! We look forward to learning more about your preservation stories and projects!
Education session Power Points, handouts and special event photos will be available online in the coming weeks.
NOVEMBER IS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
Celebrate Native American Heritage in Preservation
What started at the turn-of-the-century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. Each year, the National Trust honors efforts to protect and preserve the legacies of Native Americans and other indigenous peoples of the United States and its territories. Over the past year, the National Trust led a successful campaign in designating Chimney Rock, ancestral home of the Pueblo Indians, as a National Monument; hosted a weekend of reflection and remembrance of The Dakota which was held at President Lincoln’s Cottage, a National Trust historic site; and included as part of the programming at the National Preservation Conference recently held in Spokane, Wash., extensive content on Native American heritage and its protection as well as the first National Preservation Conference Powwow and Gathering of Native Nations roundtable discussion.
We strongly encourage you to read up on these rich cultural legacies that mean so much to all Americans and take action to preserve them at www.nps.gov/history/americanindian/.
M. Rosalind Sagara (DSP ’09 and ’10) Among 2012 National Preservation Honor Award Recipients
At the 2012 National Preservation Awards ceremony in Spokane, M. Rosalind Sagara received the American Express Aspire Award. The National Preservation Honor Awards recognize the efforts of individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation. M. Rosalind Sagara, chair of the Save Our Chinatown Committee in Riverside, Calif., is leading the grassroots effort to preserve the community’s Chinatown. In the spring of 2012, the Save Our Chinatown Committee’s hard work paid off when a California court invalidated the City of Riverside’s approval of a development that would have destroyed Chinatown. Click here to read more about how the Riverside Chinatown was saved.
Congratulations to Rosalind Sagara, one of DSP’s own, on her award-winning preservation work!
Learn more about Sagara’s work here. For more information about the National Preservation Awards, go to PreservationNation.org/awards.
Historic Preservation Events and Training
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