Resilient Heritage from the Preservation Institutes: Nantucket and St. Augustine


Nantucket, Massachusetts, and St. Augustine, Florida are two communities engaged in understanding and acting on resilience and disaster recovery. Both small waterfront communities claim early colonial settlements, share parallel 19th century boom periods, and for the past several decades enjoy strong heritage tourism economies. The University of Florida Preservation Institute Nantucket (PIN) and Preservation Institute St. Augustine (PISA) are providing support for resilience through partnerships, long-term community engagement, and contemporary technologies, such as 3D imaging.

CE Credits:
Jul 15, 2022 2:45 PM

Morris ‘Marty’ Hylton III

Morris ‘Marty’ serves as the first Historic Architect for Climate Change for the National Park Service and its Climate, Science, and Disaster Response Program. As part of his post, he works with the Climate Change Response Program based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Established in 2010, the Program advances efforts to address the effects of climate change across the breadth of the Park System’s directorates, programs, regions, and some 420 Park sites through science research, technical assistance and guidance, and planning and project support. Prior to his latest appointment, Marty was an Associate Scholar at the University of Florida where he held the position of Director of Historic Preservation for 10 years and Director of the Preservation Institute Nantucket (2009-2021). His work with disaster recovery and resilience began in 2005 at the World Monuments Fund where, as Strategic Initiatives Manager, he oversaw the recovery of historic properties and communities on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Over the past five years, he has worked with the University of Florida Envision Heritage research team – which he created in 2012 – to develop approaches to digitally document and assess the vulnerability of cultural resources threatened by sea level rise and flooding. This included multi-year, multi-faceted initiatives in the National Historic Landmark Districts of Nantucket, Massachusetts and St. Augustine, Florida.

Leslee Keys

Dr. Keys is the Principal with Keys and Associates, LLC, a consulting firm based in St. Augustine, Florida. She is the immediate past Director of Historic Preservation and Assistant Professor of History/Public History at Flagler College, also in St. Augustine. She has a broad range of professional experience achieved in a variety of locations throughout the United States. Her efforts assist communities through partnerships, particularly with academic institutions, supporting preservation, planning and community engagement efforts. Her focus over the past 3 decades includes disaster preparedness and recovery. She co-chaired and participated in numerous conferences, including the 2019 Keeping History Above Water program in St. Augustine. Her fundraising expertise has assisted organizations and communities in securing $30 million for arts, cultural, and heritage efforts, including resiliency. She has published numerous books and articles on historic preservation, planning, public outreach, financial incentives for preservation, and sea level rise challenges to cultural resources. Dr. Keys received a doctoral degree from the University of Florida in Historic Preservation and is the recipient of the inaugural Distinguished Alumni in Historic Preservation award. Also, she received the inaugural Roy E. Graham Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation Education from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and serves as a Trustee Emerita of the organization. She completed master’s programs in History with honors and Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and holds a bachelor’s degree in History, Pre-Law and Political Science from Ball State University’s Honors College.

Sujin Kim

Dr. Sujin Kim is a Research Assistant Professor with the Historic Preservation Program and School of Architecture who joined the UF faculty in 2021. He also serves as the Director of Envision Heritage. Envision Heritage harnesses digital technology to help document, analyze, and manage built heritage ranging from urban environments to building details. His technology specialty includes 3D terrestrial laser scanning (lidar), close-range and aerial (drone) photogrammetry, and GIS database development. Dr. Kim, with his team, has recorded and inventoried historic buildings and sites in different states and countries through grant-funded and sponsored projects. He has developed and tested methodologies of using digital technology to meet various professional needs in historic preservation and engage historic coastal communities in addressing new challenges like sea level rise. His research examines how preservation pedagogy and practice are adapting to new tools and needs. He is also interested in urban heritage study and design with historic built environments.


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