SOMERVILLE – Learn about preserving the past for the future at the Somerset County Historic Preservation Symposium this weekend. Jointly sponsored by the Heritage Trail Association, Preservation New Jersey and the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 27, in the first-floor conference room at 40 N. Bridge St.
Preserving a historic structure can have a direct economic benefit on a neighborhood by increasing property values, as well as by encouraging the renovation, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of other structures in the area. It also can have wider impacts on the entire community by stabilizing and improving economic vitality; educating the public about local history, culture and architecture; and fostering a sense of civic pride.
The purpose of this open symposium is to bring together individuals from throughout New Jersey who have responsibility for planning, zoning and historic preservation, or who have an interest in preserving and promoting our rich historic resources. The public is welcome.
Participants will have the opportunity to hear from a number of well-known preservation professionals on issues related to state and local regulations, economic benefits and available funding. Also presented will be a specific example of a local preservation organization that was able to overcome a number of obstacles to achieve success. To see the program agenda, visit http://www.heritagetrail.org/HPS%20program.htm
Among the featured speakers will be Dorothy Guzzo, New Jersey Historic Trust; Andrea Tingey, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office; and Wayne McCabe, preservation consultant.
The cost of the symposium is $5 per person with advanced payment, and $10 with payment at the door. Advanced payment can be made by mail, or by credit card payment with an online reservation. Make checks payable to Heritage Trail Association and mail to Heritage Trail, 941 East Main St., Bridgewater, NJ 08807.
Call (732) 356-8856 for reservations or sign up online at http://www.heritagetrail.org/events_reg_HPS.htm For driving and parking information, visit http://www.heritagetrail.org/Directions.htm