Preservation conference set for April 11-12

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and the Belknap Mill Society will be presenting a two-day conference addressing preservation and community planning April 11-12 at the Belknap Mill in Laconia.

“Preserving Community Character” will center on providing residents, community planners, museum staff and leaders of heritage and historic district commissions with practical tools to assist them with making decisions on how to preserve the unique character of the towns they live in.

While preservation typically is considered in terms of old buildings, preservation tools also can be used for saving and reviving local landmarks, rural landscapes and even whole downtowns.

Topics will include old building and preservation planning “how-tos” with special sessions on heritage and historic district commissions. Participants will have a choice of interactive panel discussions, networking group roundtables and much more.

Registration for the conference for one day is $35 for Preservation Alliance members, $45 for non-members; two-day registration is $60 for alliance members and $80 for non-members. Optional lunch is $8.

Deadline for registration is April 5.

For more information, contact Kathleen LaBranche, Belknap Mill Society, at 524-8813,, or the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance at 224-2281, — CINDY KIBBE

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