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Preservation in a Changing Climate: Salem

Monday, September 12, and Tuesday, September 13, 2022

At PEM and locations throughout city of Salem
$30 per person | Advance registration required

Building on the 2021 inaugural Preservation in a Changing Climate Conference, this year’s event will continue efforts to raise awareness of and discuss adaptation strategies to address climate change impacts on historic buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods. Listen to guest speakers and educational sessions at PEM, tour historic properties that are addressing the effects of climate change on historic buildings, and join us for a closing reception at The House of the Seven Gables with Senator Joan B. Lovely. The keynote speaker from the National Park Service will discuss the new guidelines for adapting historic buildings to flooding.

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Registration includes all events on Monday, September 12, and Tuesday, September 13.


PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Monday, September 12

WALKING TOUR: SOUTH RIVER & DERBY WHARF | 3–4:30 pm
Explore Salem’s industrial heritage along a changing shoreline with Vijay Joyce, Founder of Rekindled History, and Barbara Warren, Executive Director of Salem Sound Coastwatch.

PEM OPEN HOUSE: CLIMATE + ENVIRONMENT EXHIBITIONS | 5–7 pm

PEM GALLERY TOUR: CLIMATE + ENVIRONMENT EXHIBITIONS | 6–6:45 pm
Join PEM curator Jane Winchell on a special tour of the museum’s current exhibitions including: Climate Action: Inspiring Change, Down to the Bone: Edward Koren and Stephen Gorman, and Konstantin Dimopoulos: The Blue Trees.

EVENING KEYNOTE: MORSE AUDITORIUM | 7–9 pm
Welcome

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, City of Salem
Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, PEM’s Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Executive Director and CEO

Introduction and Local Highlights of Adaptation Strategies
Barbara Warren, Executive Director, Salem Sound Coastwatch

To Adapt or Not to Adapt, That is the Question
Jenny Parker, Supervisory Architectural Historian, National Park Service, Cultural Resources Partnerships and Science Directorate

Jenny Parker, architectural historian, tells the story of how traditional preservation professionals have reacted to climate change as an existential crisis for historic buildings throughout the United States. As a representative for the Cultural Resource program of the National Park Service, Parker shares experiences and perspectives on flooding impacts to historic resources and how that has led to the creation of a new set of preservation guidelines to address the growing challenges.


Tuesday, September 13

LIGHT REFRESHMENTS: PEM ATRIUM | 8:30–9 am

WELCOME & OVERVIEW OF SCHEDULE: MORSE AUDITORIUM | 9 am

CHANGING TIDES: A DEEPER DIVE INTO NEW SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR STANDARDS | 9–10 am
Moderator: Gavin Gardner, Resource Program Manager, Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Overview of the Flood Guidelines
– Jenifer Eggleston, Chief of Staff, National Park Service, Cultural Resources Partnerships and Science Directorate
Rising to the Challenge – How to Adapt to the New Standards
– Laurence Spang, AIA, Chair, Salem Historical Commission
– Andy Bjork, Chair, Newport, RI Historic District Commission

BREAK | 10–10:15 am

INCREASING COASTAL RESILIENCY OVER TIME | 10:15–11:15 am
Moderator: Julia Knisel, Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management

  • Non-structural Floodproofing Measures for Historic Buildings in New England – Lys Perhay, Architectural Historian, Technical Center of Expertise for the Preservation of Historic Buildings and Structures, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • Elevating Buildings to Preserve History – Margaret Back, Preservation Associate, Newport Restoration Foundation
  • Relocating Brick Buildings – Steven Mallory, Manager of Historic Structures and Landscapes, PEM

BREAK | 11:15–11:30 am

PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO PROTECTING AND UPGRADING YOUR HISTORIC BUILDING IN A CHANGING CLIMATE | 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Moderator: Steven Mallory, PEM

  • Adaptations at the Salem Athenaeum – Jean Marie Procious, Executive Director, Salem Athenaeum
  • Protecting Historic New England Properties – Christina Pokwatka, Preservation Manager, North Shore, Historic New England
  • How The Salem Inn is Transitioning to Clean Energy – Richard Pabich, Owner of The Salem Inn

LUNCH (on your own) | 12:30–1:30 pm

WALKING TOURS: REAL LIFE STRATEGIES IN ACTION | 1:30–4 pm
1:30–3 pm | Salem Athenaeum & Phillips House
Visit these historic properties on a guided tour with staff from the Athenaeum and Historic New England to see firsthand some of the short and long term strategies being used to protect these historic buildings from the effects of climate change.

3:30–4 pm | The House of the Seven Gables
Tour this historic waterfront site with Gables staff to learn what this institution is doing to address current issues caused by rising sea levels and climate change, including plans designed to ensure the viability of this National Historic Landmark into the future.

CLOSING RECEPTION AND REMARKS: THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES | 4–6 pm
State Actions on Climate Change
– Senator Joan B. Lovely, Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change

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