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Why Preservation Matters: Shaping a Sustainable and Equitable Future

  • First Parish Church 425 Congress Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)

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you won’t want to miss this!  


Join in a stimulating conversation with Max Page, professor of architecture and history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the author of Why Preservation Matters for a timely discussion of the changing face of historic preservation. Page argues that preservation is no longer just about old buildings instead, the movement must transform itself to stand against gentrification, work more closely with the environmental sustainability movement, and challenge societies to confront their pasts. Stay tuned for more opportunities to engage with the topic in anticipation of the main event!

Lecture + Reception: $50, attend Max Page's talk from 6 pm - 7 pm + join us for a reception immediately afterward with drinks, appetizers, and most importantly, the opportunity to keep the conversation going with fellow historic preservation enthusiasts and Max Page. 

Lecture Only: $15/$5 for students with a valid I.D., join us for the provocative main event from 6 pm - 7 pm!


Read the Book

Portland and South Portland Library have Why Preservation Matters in their collections! 

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Reviews of Max Page's Why Preservation Matters

The basic points we know: Old buildings can enrich neighborhoods and become regional attractions. They also make smart environmental sense more often than not. But on the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the author argues these points with detailed passion — and also stresses that the cultures embodied in a building, even the scars of history, can be more important than architectural details.
—John King, San Francisco Chronicle
Max Page offers a powerful argument for making historic preservation about more than just saving buildings - using it as a tool to fashion a more sustainable, a more equitable society.
--Inga Saffron, Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic

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