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2007 Historic Preservation Conference

Our Towns, Our Land,
Our Heritage:
Sustaining NJ's Legacy

The 2007 Annual Historic
Preservation Conference

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Drew University, Madison, NJ

2007 marks the fortieth anniversary for the creation of the NJ Historic Sites Council and NJ Historic Trust. In 1967, the historic preservation movement was in its infancy and the challenge of saving history was largely in the hands of dedicated and passionate volunteers. Today, NJ boasts one of the earliest and most successful bricks and mortar programs in the country; laws, programs and professional standards have become intertwined in our land use planning. Hosted by Drew University, this year's conference seeks to remember our accomplished past while charting a comprehensive course for New Jersey's future.



Conference Schedule:

May 22, 2007: Pre-Conference Activities

May 23, 2007:

8:00 - 9:00 am Registration & Coffee (Exhibits and PNJ Bookstore open)
9:00 - 12:00 pm Morning Session
12:15 - 1:30 pm Lunch (Exhibits, PNJ Bookstore, Book Signing)
12:30 - 3:45 pm Field Workshop 1
1:30 - 3:45 pm Concurrent Workshops
3:45 - 4:00 pm Afternoon Break
4:00 - 4:45 pm Wrap-Up, NJ Future
5:00 - 7:00 pm Reception at Mead Hall

Accessibility: The conference facilities are ADA accessible. If you have any special needs, please contact the Historic Preservation Office. (Genny Guzman (609) 984-0543 or e-mail: genny.guzman@dep.state.nj.us)



Pre Conference Activities: May 22, 2007

1:00 - 4:30 pm



Pre-Conference Tour: Historic Highlights of Greater Morristown
Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 1:00 to 4:30 pm


Frelinghuysen Arboretum


4:30 - 7:30 pm

Special Anniversary Reception
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morris Township
Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 4:30 to 7:30 pm

Celebrate the 40 Year Legacy of the New Jersey Historic Trust and Historic Sites Council.

FosterfieldsYou are invited to join the Historic Trust and the Historic Sites Council for a special celebration of their 40th anniversary. Tour Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, participate in a commemorative program, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and desserts and the farm's pastoral setting. Past and current leaders in the preservation movement will be honored during the evening. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is a site of the Morris County Park Commission, and the first designated "living historical farm" in New Jersey. It remains a working farm, using tools, techniques and materials of a turn of the century farm. Between 1991 and 2001 the site has received support from the NJ Historic Trust to aid in the restoration, preservation and study of this unique cultural resource.

Commemorative program begins at 6:00 pm, rain or shine. ADA Accessible. Wear comfortable shoes.

Cost: $75 per person (non-refundable )

Registration: To register call the Morris County Visitor's Center (973-631-5151).

These events made possible by the Morris County Park Commission, the Morris County Visitors Center, and the Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Mill.


Conference Schedule and Overview: May 23, 2007


8:00 - 9:00 am


Registration & Coffee
Exhibit Area and PNJ Bookstore Open

9:00 - 12:00 pm

Welcome: Lisa P. Jackson, Commissioner, NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Opening Plenary: Our Towns, Our Land, Our Heritage

Anniversaries provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate our past while charting a comprehensive course for the future. 2007 marks the fortieth anniversary for the creation of the NJ Historic Sites Council and the NJ Historic Trust and by 1970, both the environmental and the historic movements were codified in the creation of the Department of Environmental Protection. We have a long tradition of innovation and success in protecting our natural and historic resources. But what about the next 40 years? What challenges and opportunities must we plan for if we are to sustain our legacy? Our morning plenary consists of three dynamic individuals who’s combined expertise and insights, along with their unique perspectives, will frame the issues at hand and inspire participants to think beyond boundaries.

Anne MackinAnne Mackin, previously a planner for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, longtime writer on topics related to planning and history and author of Americans and Their Land, The House Built on Abundance, leads the morning session by exploring the relationship between Americans, their land and their government. As she traces the evolution of the circumstances leading to land consumption, we are forced to grapple with key ideological and political processes that contributed to Americans' attitudes towards owning and developing land.

Peter ForbesPeter Forbes is the co-founder of the Center for Whole Communities, an organization of people and ideas devoted to exploring and deepening the connections between land, people and community. Formerly with the Trust for Public Land, he is recognized for building bridges between conservation organizations and has written extensively on cross-disciplinary approaches to seeking the commonality.

Elizabeth WatersElizabeth Waters, planner, consultant, author, adjunct professor, and former Mayor of Charlottesville, VA. Ms. Waters has facilitated several collaborative planning efforts exploring the ways in which historic preservation can and should be integrated into the economic growth and land use strategies in New Jersey. She is uniquely positioned to share her insights and expertise on the future evolution of the preservation movement.

12:15 - 1:30 pm

Exhibit, PNJ Bookstore, Book Signing

12:30 - 3:45 pm

Field Workshop 1

Morristown GreenMorristown at a Crossroads: History or Development?
Redevelopment creates new possibilities for public/private partnerships to reshape communities; it is one of the most powerful tools municipalities have. While the redevelopment process has helped historic towns become more economically viable, it has also facilitated the demolition of historic buildings. Because redevelopment steps outside the typical process of planning, zoning, and local Historic Preservation Commission review, it is essential that preservationists understand how it works. This Field Session will introduce you to the redevelopment process. The session will include visits to several redevelopment projects in Morristown, including the ongoing redevelopment at the former location of the Epsteins Department Store at the Morristown Green. While at the Morristown Green, Martin A. Bierbaum will moderate a discussion of the process of redevelopment. Attorney Robert Goldsmith, who represented the Parking Authority in the Morristown "Epsteins" redevelopment project, will discuss the redevelopment process. Scott Whitenack, who was Chair of the Morristown Planning Board during much of the review of the project will provide a Municipal Board member's perspective. Expect a lively discussion.

Martin A. Bierbaum Ph.D., J.D., Executive Director, Municipal Land Use Center at the College of New Jersey

Robert Goldsmith, Esq., Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP (Invited)
Scott Whitenack, Council Member, New Jersey Highlands Commission.

Registration for this workshop will be limited to 44 participants.

1:30 - 3:45 pm

Concurrent Afternoon Workshops
Workshop 2

Tourism Partnership: Heritage and the Land
New Jersey is blessed with a wide array of historically and environmentally significant resources. How can these sites collaborate to better capitalize on their potential as tourism assets and guarantee mutual preservation for future generations? Speakers will utilize the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, the Audubon Society, and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance as examples of connecting historic preservation and environmental conservation to create a more inclusive visitor experience. This panel will give stakeholders concrete examples of local and statewide tourism and preservation initiatives that are models for the future. When historic, cultural, and environmental communities work together, as stewards of our resources, we can produce more attractive and competitive destinations that attract larger crowds who spend money as their stay becomes lengthened.

Jockey HollowSpeakers:
Carleton Montgomery, Executive Director,
Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Lillian Armstrong, Director of Birding and Wildlife Trails,
NJ Audubon Society
Kevin Moore, Project Director, Weequahic Park Association, Inc.
John Seitter, South Jersey Tourism Corporation
Cate Litvack, Executive Director, Crossroads of the American Revolution Association, Inc.


Workshop 3

Preserving Context and Protecting the Meaning of Open Space -
Planning for the Stewardship of the Cultural Landscape
As the state expands its role to promote Smart Growth solutions to ever-increasing development pressures while protecting precious natural environments, continuing challenges are arising in ensuring that the preservation and reuse of historic buildings and places is meaningfully and systematically incorporated into these growth management strategies. Preservationists and land conservationists often encounter significant historic and cultural properties that are largely ignored during implementation, which leads to their degradation and subsequent loss. This workshop will present the challenges of long-term stewardship for these critical resources as exemplified by recent representative projects in New Jersey, and see examples of curatorship programs and other creative stewardship solutions currently being implemented elsewhere. These stewardship tools and techniques enhance preservation of the built environment and enable better interpretation for cultural resources within the context of protected landscapes. This workshop is presented by the Heritage Partnership of New Jersey, an established network of agencies, organizations and advocates that is addressing the continued concern over the fate of historic and cultural resources on preserved open space and farmland. Contact Preservation New Jersey for additional information about the Heritage Partnership.

Moderator: Ron Emrich, Executive Director, Preservation New Jersey

Cara Blume, Cultural Conservation Program Manager, Cultural and Recreational Services, Delaware State Parks
Robert von Zumbusch, Vice President Friends of Princeton Open Space
(Additional speaker to be determined)


Workshop 4


A Walk in the Forest: Rehabilitating and modernizing the Drew University Campus while
preserving its unique character.

drewDrew University was founded as Drew Theological Seminary in 1867, as a seminary “in the forest”.  Modernizing and expanding the campus while preserving its historic and green character is a continuing challenge.  Guided by a Campus Master Plan, several of its most historic structures are being rehabilitated and modernized by notable New Jersey historic preservation architecture offices. This walking session across the Drew campus will be led by Michael Mills of Farewell Mills & Gatsch Architects and Eric Holtermann of Holt Morgan Russell Architects. Recent and ongoing restoration at Mead Hall, the Shakespeare Theatre, Sitterly House, Sycamore Cottage, and Seminary Hall will be reviewed and discussed, as well as other resources included in the
Master Plan.

Michael J. Mills, Partner, Farewell Mills & Gatsch
Eric Holtermann, Principal, Holt Morgan Russell Architects
Michael Farewell , Partner, Farewell Mills & Gatsch

3:45 - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Break
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Wrap Up Panel: NJ Future

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Closing Reception: Mead Hall
All attendees are invited to a closing reception at Mead Hall. Completed in 1836, Mead Hall is a large and imposing example of the Greek Revival style and stands as an architectural gem at the heart of Drew's wooded campus. Listed in the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places in 1976, Mead Hall suffered a horrific fire that burned for 23 hours in 1989 and caused extensive damage. After a painstaking 3 year restoration, it re-opened in 1993, completely restored to its original grandeur including impressive features such as: diagonally laid checkered marble floor tiles, elaborate marble fireplaces and reproduction wallpapers. Come meet the speakers and network with fellow conference participants. Hosted by Preservation New Jersey and their generous sponsors.


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CEU Opportunities:

  • Students in Drew's historic preservation certificate program are eligible for .7 CEUs for full conference attendance. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 973-408-3400 for details
  • AIA CEUs will also be available.

    Conference Sponsors:


Map & Directions

Drew University in Madison, NJ is accessible from the NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, Interstate 78, Interstate 287, and via NJ Transit's Morristown Line.

Specific directions available from Drew University's website: www.drew.edu/mapsanddirections.aspx or call (609) 984-0543 to have a hard copy mailed to you.

For area hotel information, contact the Morris County Vistors Center at (973) 631-5151.

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