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blog by S.J. Velasquez  • 

It’s been years in the making, and the National Preservation Conference is finally upon us—yes, us, Buffalo!

You may have noticed the traffic in parts of the city this morning, due to a sudden surge of preservationists, architecture buffs and urban planners all in town for the national event. They’ll be bopping around the Buffalo-Niagara region admiring our city through the weekend, so be sure to show them that City of Good Neighbors spirit.

Hey, wait a minute. Why do all these outsiders get to have all the fun? Quit your belly-achin’, because it simply ain’t true. Though the conference does cater to registered attendees, there are plenty of events and attractions in which you can participate, and some are free. Doesn’t get much better than that—I mean, unless, of course, you were being paid to attend.

Here’s a list of events that are open to the public:

Opening Plenary
4 to 6 p.m. today
Shea’s Performing Arts Center

“Event will feature a provocative keynote speech from James Howard Kunstler, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (invited) and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown will welcome conference attendees. National Trust President Stephanie Meeks will provide an update on the state of preservation in the country and National Trust activities.” (via National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Thursday General Session: Preservation in the Age of Sustainability
8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday
St. Paul’s Cathedral

“In 2009 the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities was created to improve access to affordable housing, create more transportation options and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities across the country. Come learn more about how this program works and how preservationists can get in on the action.” (via National Trust for Historic Preservation)

National Trust Preservation Honor Awards Ceremony
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Kleinhans Music Hall

“2011 National Preservation Awards, a gala tribute to the best in preservation.” (via National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Friday General Session: Thinking About Shrinking
8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday
St. Paul’s Cathedral

“A conversation among national thought leaders on the process of right-sizing a city and the role preservation should play in that process.” (via National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Buffalo Unscripted Premiere: A City Speaks
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6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday
Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre
Free—but arrive early. Seats are limited and the theater is expected to fill up quickly. Also, I’m going to be introducing one of the segments, so feel free to pump your first at me when I finish speaking—you know, like the audience did for Arsenio Hall.

“This summer, a film crew from the National Trust took to the streets of the Nickel City with one goal in mind: Let Buffalonians tell it like it is.” (via National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Closing Plenary
10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday
Statler Hotel

“Pulitzer-prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson will close the conference with a discussion of African-American migration, inspired by her best-selling book ‘The Warmth of Other Suns.’” (via National Trust for Historic Preservation)

All the events listed above are free and have been suggested by a team from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Preservation Buffalo Niagara has also compiled an expansive list of Preservation Conference events that are open to the public, but are not necessarily free or require reservations. Take this opportunity to be a tourist in your own city. DO IT.

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  1. Sam Scarcello October 20, 2011 @ 12:58am

    Can’t wait for the Buffalo Unscripted screening.  Should be pretty cool to see Buffalo on the big screen like that.

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