Connecting with Congress for Preservation

March 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Now a tradition, historic preservation graduate students traveled to Washington, DC for Lobby Day. Faculty members Autumn Rierson Michael, Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll and staff from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) supported the March 8th trip. In tandem with the graduate students, they met with North Carolina Representatives and staff members to convince them that historic preservation is a valuable tool within North Carolina. The vitality of historic preservation is very important because while providing support for our community, it also creates outlets for experiencing history.

Lobby Day efforts this year focused on preservation equaling return on investment. Graduate student Mary Francis Daniel  says that, “I especially liked discussing the impact of the Rutger’s Study. I mean, how can you argue with 22 billion in revenue?” This study along with other pertinent research helps prove that historic preservation does indeed equal return on investments.

For historic preservation graduate students, Lobby Day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for graduate students.  While sometimes a seemingly formidable experience, graduate student Sally Shader admits, “It was a lot easier than I thought it would be, and I really enjoyed it.” This year the group of North Carolina lobbiers had to say good bye to one of their strongest supporters, Congressman Brad Miller. His longstanding support for historic preservation manifested when he became a member of the preservation caucus. To mark his departure, our graduate students attended his meeting and thanked him for his strong support.

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