What Do the Standards Mean to You? An Interpretation Debate Continued


While the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards provide the basis for preservation practice in the U.S., the Standards leave a lot of room for interpretation. Evolving preservation practice, the level of significance of resources under review, community pressure, economics, and feasibility are just a few of the factors that may influence the way a commission interprets the Standards. This session will continue the debate begun during FORUM 2020 but, as we return to an in-person format, we want to expand the conversation. Web-based audience response software will be used to capture audience opinions via cell phone through multiple choice questions, word clouds, and open responses. Responses will appear in animated graphics embedded in the presentation and will update live to involve everyone in the discussion. Projects up for debate will include additions, replacing historic materials with alternative materials, installing solar panels, and climate adaptations to historic structures.

CE Credits:
Jul 16, 2022 10:15 AM

Sarah Hansen

Sarah Hansen is the Executive Director of Greater Portland Landmarks. Prior to her work with Landmarks, Sarah served as Director of Preservation Services at Maine Preservation. Sarah discovered her love of community revitalization as a history major at Connecticut College and received a M.A. in Preservation Studies from Boston University. After working with Boston Main Streets, she worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s regional office in Denver covering South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. She also worked for Colorado Preservation, Inc. and with the Architectural Heritage Foundation in Boston, a nonprofit historic tax credit developer. After five years as Coordinator of the Washington State Main Street Program, she worked for the Arkansas Community Foundation as Statewide Outreach Director.

Traci Stoffel

Traci Stoffel is the Main Street Specialist at the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Division of Local Government. Prior to her current role providing technical assistance and support to Colorado’s Main Street communities, she spent 13 years working for the Colorado Municipal League, providing information and services to the state’s cities and towns on a wide range of topics, including public engagement and historic preservation. Her experience also includes several years with Colorado Preservation, Inc., providing support to its members.


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