Redesigning Outreach: Engaging New and Diverse Communities


A challenge in preservation is reaching out to young and more diverse audiences, particularly in a world where so many families are mobile, and long standing understanding of the local built environment is no longer a given. How do we broaden our horizons, and make the historic built environment relevant to the next generation of citizens and preservationists? Join us as we look at case studies in Pueblo, Colorado; Spokane, Washington; Cincinnati, Ohio; and, Decatur, Alabama. Pueblo has been working on incorporating Hispanic history into its preservation program since the late 2000s. Spokane conducted a Mid-Century Modern architecture survey that grew a fan base waiting for weekly building updates. Urbanist Media in Cincinnati has created a series of urban podcasts focused on oral history that highlights the stories of women and people of color. Decatur conducted its outreach in partnership with the local school district, creating a community-wide publication showcasing everything from industrial sites to Brutalist architecture. The size and scope of the projects and the municipalities vary, but they all engaged new and diverse audiences.

CE Credits:
Jul 16, 2022 10:15 AM

Caroline Swope

Caroline Swope is an architectural historian who serves as the historic preservation specialist for the city of Decatur, Alabama. She has been working with their Historic Preservation Commission on broad-based community outreach to highlight sites and histories that have traditionally been overlooked, including the city’s industrial, recreational, and commercial historic sites. Ms. Swope has a Bachelor’s with majors in history, art history and interior design from Salem College, a Masters in Historic Preservation from Ball State University, and a doctorate focusing on architectural history from the University of Washington. Before joining the city of Decatur she served as an independent preservation consultant and taught public history and art and architectural history for almost a decade at the University of Washington.

Megan Duvall

Megan Duvall is the historic preservation officer for the city/county of Spokane, Washington. In 2016 she helped spearhead documentation of the Modern Movement in Spokane, with a Certified Local Government grant to create the Mid-Century Spokane project. The project created a context statement for the city’s modern growth, surveyed 53 representative properties, and an interactive website with photos, architect bios, and examples of Modernist icons throughout the city. Ms. Duvall has a Bachelor’s in fine arts from Washington State University and a Masters in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design. Before joining the city of Spokane she worked for the state of Washington as their Certified Local Government Coordinator and Survey Program manager from 2000 until 2014.

Deqah Hussein-Wetzel

Deqah is an architectural and public historian with Urbanist Media, a Cincinnati based preservation non-profit. Urbanist Media works to elevate underrepresented voices, specifically women and people of color, and insure that places significant to them are preserved. She is the host and producer of the Urban Roots podcast and works as a Black Sites Researcher at the Cincinnati Preservation Association. She is a firm believer that historic preservation and urban geography can be used to promote inclusive-minded community planning. Ms. Hussein-Wetzel has a Bachelor’s in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon.

Wade Broadhead

Wade Broadhead is a senior planner for the city of Pueblo, Colorado. He is working to incorporate Hispanic history into the city’s preservation program, with a focus on expanding outreach to more diverse communities and broadening the types of sites featured. He is working on highlighting “hard history” within the city by engaging the community residents directly affected by the events, and spearheaded the Pueblo Modern Project, a citywide inclusive historic context titled “In Pursuit of the American Dream: Pueblo in the Modern Age 1940-1982,” and won the Colorado Governor’s award in 2013. The study was part for the Neighborhood Heritage Enhancement Program which conducted neighborhood historic contexts throughout the city. He has a Bachelor’s in Geology with an anthropology focus from Western State College of Colorado. Mr. Broadhead has served as an NAPC trainer since 2013.


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