Conference Sessions

Seeking AIA, AICP, and ASLA credits for select sessions.

Opening Plenary: Connecting Our Shared Past in PreservationSpeaker: Ned Kaufman Student Life Center – Navesink Room

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.

Closing Plenary Speaker: John Durel Student Life Center – Navesink Room


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.

S-1Preserving Historic Integrity in a Post-Sandy World Student Life Center – Twin Lights I
Moderator:
Mary Delaney Krugman, JD, MSHP, President and Principal Preservation Specialist of Mary Delaney Krugman Associates, Inc. (MDKA)
Speakers: Bill Bolger, National Park Service Northeast Regional manager for the National Historic Landmarks Program
Brigitte Cook, AIA, LEED, AP, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, LLP
Linda Weber, PP, AICP, Program Director of the NJ Resiliency Network at the Sustainability Institute in The College of New Jersey
Milton Lanier “Beau” Woodrum, Jr. AIA, LEED AP, Platt Byard Dover White Architects, LLP

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.

S-2 Economic Impact of Heritage Tourism in New Jersey Student Life Center – Navesink I
Moderator:
Dorothy P. Guzzo, Executive Director, NJ Historic Trust
Speakers:Regina Binder, President, The Binder Group

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.

S-3A Legislative Legacy to Commemorate New Jersey's 350th Anniversary Student Life Center – Navesink III
Moderator:
Cate Litvack, President, Advocates for New Jersey History
Speakers:Jennifer Coffey, Policy Director, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

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.

S-4Preservation through Noncontiguous Cluster Zoning: A New and Improved Tool for the Kit Student Life Center – Fort Hancock Room
Moderator:
Chris Sturm, Senior Director of State Policy, New Jersey Future
Speakers:James E. Harting, Partner, Urban Partners

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.

S-5Discovering and Sharing Monmouth’s Rich and Varied History Student Life Center – Monmouth B. Room
Moderator:
Randall Gabrielan, Monmouth County Historian and Historical Commissioner
Speakers:Paul Edelson, President, Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Richard Geffken, Historian, Living History NJ

Gerard P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D., Archaeologist, Middletown Township

Some of Monmouth County’s history leaders will introduce participants to the rich history of local communities, resources (both above and below ground), and collaborative efforts of private nonprofits and municipalities to save regional treasures. The presentations will include discussions of early maritime history, the founding of a local historical museum and resources in the Middletown Village Historic District.

S-6All Roads Lead to New Jersey: Teaching U.S. History through the Garden State Student Life Center – Twin Lights II
Moderator:
Erin Dougherty, Executive Director, Historical Society of Princeton
Speakers:Andrew Clark, Teacher of Social Studies. Bridgewater-Raritan High School

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.

S-7 DOCOMOMO: Regarding Modern New Jersey Student Life Center – Atlantic Room
Moderator:
Meredith Arms Bzdak, PhD, Partner, Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC
Speakers:Alyson B. Goldman, Graduate Student, Columbia University Teacher’s College

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.

S-8 What Does It Mean to be "Visitor Ready"?: Advice for Volunteer-Based Organizations Student Life Center – Fort Hancock Room
Moderator:
Donna A. Harris, MSHP, MPA, Principal, Heritage Consulting Inc
Speakers:Sean Blinn, Board president, Jacobus Vanderveer House, Bedminster

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.

S-9 Best Practices for Historic Preservation Commissions Student Life Center – Navesink III
Moderator:
Dorothy P. Guzzo, Executive Director, New Jersey Historic Trust
Speakers:Elaine Gold, Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission

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.

S-10 Climate Change, Disaster Planning, and Cultural Landscapes Student Life Center – Navesink I
Moderator:
Shaun Eyring, MLA, Historical Landscape Architect and Chief, Resource Planning and Compliance, National Park Service
Speakers:Sarah Killinger, Historic Preservation Specialist and Hurricane Sandy Compliance Coordinator, National Park Service

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.

S-11 CAPES at 25: The Intersection of Archives, Collections Management and Preservation Student Life Center – Twin Lights II
Moderator:
Karl J. Niederer, Historic Preservation Strategic Planning and Project Manager, NJ Historic Preservation Office
Speakers:Sara R. Cureton, Executive Director, NJ Historical Commission

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.

S-12 Making the Connections in Heritage Tourism Student Life Center – Navesink I
Moderator:
Susan Coen, Private Consultant
Speakers:Noreen Bodman, Executive Director, Crossroads of the American Revolution Association

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.

S-13 Redefining Historic Sustainability in the Largest Historic District in the State Student Life Center – Twin Lights II
Moderator:
Flavia Alaya, Ph.D., Co-founder, Center for Historic American Building Arts
Speakers:

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.

S-14 Lighting for Historic Buildings: Design and Technology Student Life Center – Navesink III
Moderator:
Margaret M. Hickey, RA, Historic Preservation Specialist, Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects
Speakers:Michael Barber, Associate IALD, Principal, The Lighting Practice

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.

S-15Collecting: A Thing of the Past? Student Life Center – Fort Hancock Room
Moderator:
Nicholas J. Wood, Art Program Assistant, Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Speakers:Elizabeth G. Allan, Curator, Morven Museum and Gardens

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.

W-1 Post-Sandy Tour of Monmouth County Shore Towns (Bus/Walking Tour) Meet bus outside Brookdale Recreation Center at 1:00 pm
Tour Leader:
Deborah Kelly, Principal, Preservation Partners
Speakers:Gail Hunton, Supervising Historic Preservation Specialist, Monmouth County Parks System

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.

W-2Camp Evans: Revealing the History and Preservation of a Military Research Site(Bus/Walking Tour) Meet bus outside Brookdale Recreation Center at 1:00 pm
Tour Leaders and Speakers:Fred Carl, Director, InfoAge Science History Center

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.

W-3Bell Laboratories: A Rare Walk Into Its Past and Glimpse Into Its Future (Bus/Walking Tour) Meet bus outside Brookdale Recreation Center at 1:00 pm
Tour Leaders:
Nina Rappaport, Publications Director, Yale's School of Architecture
Michael Calafati, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Michael Calafati Architect, LLC
Tour Host:Tom Michnewicz, Vice President of Development, Somerset Development

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.

W-4Tales of Sandy Recovery: Archaeology on the Land and in the Water (Classroom) Student Life Center – Twin Lights I
Moderator
Michael Audin, RPA, Environmental/Historic Preservation Manager, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Speakers:Kelly Britt, RPA, Archaeologist, Mitigation Division, Region II, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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.

W-5Preserving Historic Buildings through Recording (Classroom/Some Walking) Meet guide outside Brookdale Recreation Center at 1:00 pm for walk to workshop location at Thompson Park OR drive to Thompson Park and meet the guide at 1:15 pm.
Moderator and Speaker:
Janet L. Sheridan, M. A. Historic Pres, Principal, Janet L. Sheridan
Speakers:Maria E. Cerda-Moreno, AIA, Architect

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.

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