Session Information Updated March 5, 2014
Seeking AIA, AICP, and ASLA credits for select sessions.
Within the context of NJ celebrating its 350th anniversary, Dr. Ned Kaufman will discuss the role that historic preservation has played in our society and challenge us to rethink the future of the movement. A variety of influences will shape how we approach issues to come – climate change, technological advancements, and heightened awareness of social impacts. Participants will be encouraged to think about preserving our heritage in a more global way that connects us with our shared past.
Why is history – both knowledge of the past and the practice of preserving, researching and interpreting evidence of the past – important to people, their communities, the nation, and the world? Is history crucially important to our future, or simply a pleasant pastime? Those who practice history are quick to assert its importance. For most Americans, history plays a relatively minor role in comparison to other concerns and recreational activities.
Dr. John W. Durel will discuss the founding, progress and future of the History Relevance Campaign. With direction from public historians, the campaign’s intent is to articulate and demonstrate the relevance of history in the lives of individuals, communities and the nation in a way that resonates with both the general public and potential history funders.
Although historic integrity is an essential element of preservation practice, opinions vary as to how much damage destroys it, and how best to preserve it while retrofitting buildings to be more resilient. This panel will explore issues of integrity, mitigation and rehabilitation of historic buildings. Attendees will learn about the integrity criteria used by the National Park Service’s National Register program, examining specific applications of these criteria and how they can vary. The question posed is whether historic preservation professionals need to seek greater consensus on what constitutes "sufficient integrity" in advance of disaster responses. Panelists will discuss the effects of elevating buildings – a major form of flood mitigation – and its design challenges to historic buildings. Finally, two speakers will present a case study of the historic Bay Head Yacht Club, which required rehabilitation after Superstorm Sandy, and discuss how a new elevation, retention and recreation of features, and historic context are reconciled.
Laura Mandala, Mandala Research
Michael Mariano, Sr Economist & Director of Geospatial Analytics, Oxford Economics
Heritage tourism accounts for 8% of New Jersey's income generated by overall tourism yet efforts to augment our historic destinations and make them even more profitable are lagging. This session will present the findings of two recently completed studies that document the impact that heritage travelers have on the national and statewide economy, with insight into what we can expect for the near future. Participants will learn hands-on application for how to incorporate statistical data into marketing and promotion, and how local orgnaizations can use the state-wide heritage tourism Master Plan as a framework for their tourism efforts.
Lisa Ginther, Senior Associate, MBI-GluckShaw
John Hatch, AIA, Architect, Clarke Caton Hintz
Mark Texel, Director, Division of Parks and Forestry, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
As we celebrate our state’s 350th anniversary in 2014, we should aim to leave an influential legacy that will positively affect the fields of history and historic preservation into the future. This session will present four current legislative initiatives, discuss their potential impact, and suggest efective ways to realize their passage. The legislative pieces are the Historic Property Reinvestment Act, sustainable funding for the Garden State Preservation Trust, Leasing Program of State Owned Historic Properties and restoring to 2005 levels the annual appropriations from the hotel and motel occupancy fee revenues that fund historical, arts, cultural, and tourism-related projects. Presenters will show successful examples from other states, including creating collaborative coalitions.
Courtenay Mercer, PP, AICP, Principal, Mercer Planning Associates
Robert Melvin, PP, AICP, Principal, Group Melvin Design
Glenn Ceponis, Principal Historic Preservation Specialist, New Jersey Historic Trust
In August 2013, the Governor signed a revision to the municipal land use law that improved local communities’ ability to encourage the preservation of farmland, open space and historic sites by combining growth potential from two or more noncontiguous properties. While similar to the existing transfer of development rights, this new and improved tool simplifies the process and permanently protects designated parcels and historic sites through conservation and preservation easements. Through case studies, participants will learn how to implement this tool in their own communities and to protect properties in perpetuity with the use of deed restriction.
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Sara R. Cureton, Director, New Jersey Historical Commission
Arlene Gardner, President, New Jersey Council for the Social Studies, Rutgers, The State University of NJ
Michelle McDonald Ph.D, Associate Professor of Historical Studies, Richard Stockton College
Participants will learn about two exciting curriculum development projects in New Jersey history that are planned to coordinate with the state’s 350th anniversary, touch on broad themes of US History, and are tied to the Common Core Curriculum Standards. The “It Happened Here” series of digital episodes will be available on public television and online and offers resources for elementary and secondary level teachers to bring to the classroom. A compelling set of curriculum materials has been developed in coordination with the 350th anniversary that can be used by educators at museums or historic sites as well as for pre- or post-visit lessons for school groups. Panelists will explore how these new materials will help students connect with New Jersey’s rich and exciting history well beyond this anniversary year.
Marlana Moore, Community Network Coordinator, The Collaborative, Rutgers University
Michele Racioppi, Program Assistant, NJ Historic Trust
While New Jersey may be regarded as the Cradle of the Revolution, it also thrived during the era of Modernism. A range of nationally and internationally recognized architects contributed to the state’s built environment and left a legacy of interesting projects and built works. With the help of interns from Rutgers University’s Art History department who are working with DOCOMOMO (International Working Party for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement), this session will present Modernism in Bergen County, Mies van der Rohe’s Colonnade Apartments in Newark, and the coverage of Modern New Jersey in Progressive Architecture at mid-century.
Tina Fiske, Chair, Donor Development Committee, Barrow Mansion
Barbara Frake, Chair of Vestry, St Mary's Episcopal Church, Burlington
The NJ Heritage Tourism Master Plan notes that of 1,834 historic/cultural sites that have the potential to become tourism venues, only 333 are considered partially “visitor ready,” and only a third of that total who are full participants in the heritage tourism industry. Without big budgets and paid staff, many historic sites are managed by volunteers, and some are making great strides to be open more often and provide new means of interpreting their stories to the public. In this session, participants will learn about volunteer efforts at three historic sites to develop public outreach, promote visitation through web sites and electonic communication, expand programming, improve interpretation and open more hours for public events.
Daniel P. Barr, Principal, Dan Barr Consulting
Jeanette Lloyd, Chair, Beach Haven Historic Preservation Committee
Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D., Director, Office for Planning Advocacy, New Jersey Department of State
Chairs of several local historic preservation commissions will provide useful, practical information for commission members and a forum for lively discussion on topics relevant to good practice. No matter if their commissions are advisory or regulatory, participants will learn valuable lessons about good record keeping, meeting protocal, conflict of interest, community relations, and using the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation in decision making. The panel will also explore commission related issues that have resulted from Superstorm Sandy and leave ample time for audience participation.
This session will fulfill continuing education requirements for the Certified Local Government program.
Cheryl Sams O'Neill, Historical Landscape Architect and GIS Coordinator
David Uschold, Historical Landscape Architect and Regional Section 106 Coordinator, National Park Service
Jamie McGuane, Work Leader, Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, National Park Service
Traditional historic preservation approaches must be augmented with fresh thinking and new strategies for dealing with the escalating impacts of climate change. The National Park Service, aware that devastating storms and rising seas are rapidly becoming the new normal, is looking critically at its cultural resource management approaches. Using a cultural landscape lens, the session's presentations will illuminate some of the disaster planning concepts, strategies, and decisions at work in the National Park Service.
Fred Pachman, MLS, CAPES Coordinator, NJ Caucus, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
Laura M. Poll, Librarian/Archivist, Monmouth County Historical Association
Nicholas J. Wood, Vice President, NJ Association of Museums
For a quarter-century, the Caucus Archival Projects Evaluation Service (CAPES) has provided small- to mid-size institutions holding archival records with free professional archival consultants to begin assessing their preservation and collection management needs, and to recommend practical solutions. Many such repositories keep valuable manuscripts, books, photographs, film, video and sound recordings under conditions that endanger their survival, frequently within historic buildings. Moreover, the same institutions also face similar management and preservation challenges in caring for museum artifact collections.
This session will review the past impact of CAPES, and explore how archivists, museum curators, and historic preservationists may take an interdisciplinary approach to assessing the needs of institutions that care for archival, library and artifact collections simultaneously.
Leslie Bensley, Executive Director, Morris County Tourism Bureau
Adam Perle, Vice President, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce
This panel will present example-based approaches to Heritage Tourism that encourage historic and cultural sites to work outside their four walls and develop partnerships. Representatives from state, county and regional entities will discuss how historic sites in New Jersey engage the arts, cultural, and business communities in their efforts to increase participation and visitorship, and to improve the visitor experience. Participants will learn about the available tools to promote engagements between organizations and with sites' targeted audiences while also reaching a broader audience. At the end of the presentations, an interactive conversation with the audience will explore where Heritage Tourism will go into the future.
Jaime Bustos-DeHaro, CHABA intern
Rev. David Rivera, CHABA intern
Rosemary DeQuinzio, Chair, City of Bridgeton Historic District Commission
Kevin Rabago, Director of Development & Planning, City of Bridgeton
Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Using Bridgeton Historic District as its focus, this panel session will discussion different perspectives on historic preservation’s role in creating a sustainable community that is capable of only surviving social changes and economic downturns and reinventing itself for a new generation of residents and community partners. Presenters will introduce the Center of Historic American Building Arts (CHABA), an educational organization that reaches out to the immigrant population that occupies majority of Bridgeton’s historic housing stock through the bilingual “HomeFronts” workshops program.
Participants will gain knowledge of the impacts of new immigration on urban culture in New Jersey and learn new strategies to reach out to multicultural and low-income communities.
Robert Newell, Principal, Robert Newell Lighting Design
Attila Uysal, LC, Principal, SBLD studio
Lighting is an important feature of any historic building and requries specific decisions about purpose and design, which should be balanced with choice of hardware and new technologies. Participants will learn about the history of lighting, basic design ideas, examples and rules of thumb for lighting the interior and exterior of historic buildings, and on the latest lighting advancements of an ever-changing industry. There will be project examples of appropriate lighting for historic buildings including a variety of venues including historic train stations, barns, theaters and historic house museums. The information will be accessible to architects, owners and designers.
Siobhan R. Fitzpatrick, Curator, Museum of Early Trades and Crafts
Sarah Hagarty, Curator, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation
Bernadette M. Rogoff, Curator, Monmouth County Historical Association
Do the objects of our affection, our beloved collections, prevent us from running successful institutions? The answer may have more to do with what an institution chooses to collect. Join the NJ Association of Museums for four case studies of collecting and presenting intuitions: a museum that utilizes an existing collection and collects rarely, one that relies on partnerships to manage its collection, and institutions that balance these models. Panelists will discuss the prerequisites for collaborative collecting efforts that may create more viable and sustainable institutions for the future.
Carlos Rodrigues, PP, AICP, Independent Consultant
The rebuilding process in communities afflicted by Superstorm Sandy and other flooding events poses particular challenges for historic preservation efforts. Requirements for elevating residential structures and flood-proofing commercial buildings may dramatically transform the look and function of older neighborhoods and historic districts. Historic integrity may be compromised when the spatial relationship between the structure, the parcel and the street are fundamentally altered.
This field workshop will visit selected Monmouth County communities affected by Sandy. A stop in Sea Bright, the site of devastated commercial and residential areas, will offer a discussion of both the opportunity to remedy long-standing planning mistakes and the deep concern for maintaining historic community character.
This is a bus and walking tour. Please wear comfortable footwear and dress for the weather.
Sophia Jones, Associate AIA, LEED AP O+M, Associate, Project Manager, Historic Building Architects, LLC
Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP, NCARB, Firm Principal, Historic Building Architects, LLC
Graham Calfisch, Intern Architect, Historic Building Architects, LLC
The Camp Evans Historic District is a National Historic Landmark comprised of over 57 structures within a 37- acre campus, now preserved under the stewardship of a nonprofit organization. Its earliest buildings were constructed in 1914 for the Marconi Wireless Communication Company. During World War II, the U.S. Army Signal Corps acquired the site, and its confidential research played a key role in the development of radar. Radar and electronics study during the Cold War resulted in additional innovations and practical applications, such as satellite hurricane tracking. Army base operations were closed after 2005.
This field workshop will present Camp Evans in two parts. Following an overall tour and historic overview, participants will choose between:
- A walking tour that focuses on the site’s history and technological advancements; or
- A hands-on tour presenting the complexities and methodologies of preparing of a preservation master plan for this unique site.
This is a walking tour. Please wear comfortable footwear and dress for the weather.
This important work of architecture was designed in 1957-1962 by the renowned architectural firm of Eero Saarinen and Associates. Sasaki, Walker & Associates, designed the complimentary 472-acre landscape. For more than four decades the two-million-square-foot complex housed nearly 6,000 scientists and staff including multiple Nobel Prize laureates. Saarinen’s innovative design, in turn, fostered the many notable inventions of Bell Labs. The site is the birthplace of numerous technology advancements in telecommunications, some of these include data transmission over voice lines (otherwise known as the fax machine) and all of the necessary components that made the cell phone possible.
Now closed due to redevelopment, this tour provides a rare opportunity to visit the public areas and interior workspaces at Bell Labs. Research spaces and office design emphasized flexible layouts with a variety of contemplative and collaborative spaces. The session will include presentations of its unique architecture and landscape, company history and the multi-year effort to preserve the complex and site. The discussion will invite Somerset Development, the current owner and developer who acquired the property from Alcatel-Lucent less than a year ago, to map the site’s future mixed-use redevelopment.
This is a bus and walking tour. Please wear comfortable footwear and dress for the weather.
Brock A. Giordano, RPA, Archaeologist, Dewberry
Morgan MacKenzie, MA, RPA, Maritime Archaeologist, Dewberry
Katherine Marcopul, Supervising Historic Preservation Specialist, Historic Preservation Office
Nicole (Nikki) Cooper Minnichbach, Cultural Resource Specialist and Tribal Liaison, US Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District
Christopher P. Morris, MSc, Lead Maritime Archaeologist, Dewberry
Lynn Rakos, MA, RPA, Archaeologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Raymond E. Tubby Southeastern Archaeological Research, Inc. (SEARCH) North Gulf Coast Office
Post Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts provided new information about the maritime and shoreline archaeological heritage of New Jersey. Beach replenishment and debris and sediment removal activities had the potential to impact significant historic and archaeological sites in and immediately adjacent to waterways. The archaeological work included historical research, side scan sonar and bathometry analysis, and archaeological monitoring/reconnaissance, to identify known and potential historic resources. Decisions were made about the best ways to protect these resources and guide disaster recovery teams. During this session, maritime and terrestrial archaeologists will provide examples and anecdotes about efforts to locate historic resources (such as shipwrecks), monitor missions, and identify unanticipated discoveries.
In order to understand, contextualize, and preserve historic buildings, recording structures by measured drawings is a valuable and necessary tool. In spite of new digital techniques, this low-tech approach is practical, affordable and effective. Hand-drawn scaled field notes can stand as a final record of a building. This workshop will give participants a hands-on experience in the methodology of measuring buildings and creating scaled field notes as a means of preservation treatment. The presentation will cover the purposes and uses of measuring drawings, a history of the method, principles of measuring, and use of measuring tools.
This workshop will be held at Thompson Park, a one-mile walk or very short drive from the conference location. Walking, standing, and bending will be required. Please wear safe footwear and clothing appropriate for outdoor work and weather. Bring a 25 or 30-foot tape measure, and mechanical pencils in .05mm and .07mm widths.