Last Tuesday I was one of the fortunate few to leave the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in route to Spokane, Washington to attend the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference: Beyond Boundaries. Despite Hurricane Sandy’s disruption of east coast travel, Delta Airlines was able to get its afternoon flight in the air and we took off on time to our destination.
Spokane is a beautiful city with abundant natural resources, as well as an interesting history reflected in its built environment. This year’s conference highlighted the diverse cultural heritage of Spokane with a number of sessions and field trips devoted to the historic Native American presence and immigrant influence in the region. Preservation of structures, sites, landscapes and cultural resources were given attention and discussion. The sessions definitely reached beyond the usual boundaries of the preservationists’ comfort zone.
I always look forward to the National Trust’s conference. It’s a great opportunity to network with fellow preservationists. It is always enlightening to see and hear the successes and challenges my colleagues around the US have experienced since the previous year. Ideas, resources and strategies are shared of battles won and lost. I think most attendees leave inspired; with a renewed sense of purpose and determination to continue to “fight the good fight.”