Historic preservation talks start this month | TheUnion.com

Historic preservation talks start this month

The cultural and financial benefits of historic preservation will be the theme of two free lectures that form a prelude to the California Preservation Foundation conference slated for May.

One of the themes in both the lecture series and the conference is preservation as a path toward economic development and sustainability.

Coming lectures are:

• “Preserving a Community Begins Locally.” The first lecture is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, in council chambers at Grass Valley City Hall, 125 E. Main St., downtown. Speakers will relate the history of historic preservation, discuss its future and describe how a comprehensive preservation program can benefit communities in the Sierra Nevada.

• “Dollars and Sense of Preservation.” The second lecture is at 6 p.m. Monday, April 12, at Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., downtown Nevada City. Speakers will describe the economic tools and incentives for historic preservation and the benefits to property owners, local communities, and the region.

More lectures will be announced at a later date; the series is sponsored by the California Preservation Foundation and the two cities and Nevada County.

The foundation’s 35th annual conference is May 12-15 in Grass Valley and Nevada City. It offers more than 30 educational sessions and workshops by more than 100 experts in the field.

Exclusive tours will highlight county history, architecture and natural beauty; special events will be held at historic locations including Empire Mine State Historic Park.

For conference details and registration information, visit CaliforniaPreservation.org, call (415) 495-0349 or e-mail to cpf@californiapreservation.org.

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