Preservation Resolutions

Happy New Year!!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season and a good New Year’s Eve.  Today starts a new year, a new day, and a new start for all of those resolutions we make leading up to now.  Do you make resolutions?

Mine this year all have a common theme revolving around the themes of preservation and place, so I thought I would share them with you.

  1. Find a job within this field, preferably full-time and in the northeast US.  Any one want to hire me?
  2. Apply to grad school for Historic Preservation either for this coming fall or next spring (depending on the deadlines).  Likely a distance-learning or limited-residency program hinging on Resolution #1.
  3. Attend a conference or two (or more!) on subjects within this and related fields.  More on that in an upcoming post.
  4. Finish my cemetery restoration/preservation kit then put it too good use.
  5. Take part in a program organized by Adventures in Preservation.  Their programs look amazing and I love the idea of a volunteer vacation to improve a historic place in some way.
  6. Look into grants and other funding opportunities to recreate a road trip taken by my great grandmother and two of her friends back in 1929.  The three girls (all in early to mid 20s) drove over 12,000 miles across the US and into Canada and Mexico over the course of three months. This trip inspired my first MA thesis, and I’d love to turn it into a book and or documentary, with a preservation and place twist. Be on the lookout for blog posts on this topic in the coming weeks and months, as well as an announcement on this in the coming days.

So what are your preservation/place/cemetery/archaeology/architecture/etc. resolutions?

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