June 8, 2012 - Wilmington, VT
When Tropical Storm Irene forced unwelcome change on Vermonters and our towns last spring, we did not shy away from the opportunity to prove our strength as communities. We did not retreat from hardship, but instead resolved together to move forward and improve.
A year later, the 18th annual Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference honors the spirit of resiliency in the people and places of Vermont. We recognize community organization and altruism and explore the ingenuity of historic adaptation to help downtowns survive. We also celebrate community and heroes as we pay tribute to this year’s Preservation Award winners in Wilmington’s Memorial Hall.
We chose Wilmington as our host community because its courage to recover in the wake of Irene’s devastation demonstrated the tremendous fortitude of its residents and businesses. They have unfailingly supported their historic heritage and given strength back to their community.
This conference builds on such success stories, providing the ideas and tools to inspire resiliency in our own preservation efforts.