The Past and Future City by Stephanie Meeks
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311 Peruvian Ave
Palm Beach, FL 33480
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Stephanie Meeks has been the President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since July 2010. Under her leadership, the National Trust has increased its efforts to save imperiled places, engage new audiences in preservation, and increase the organization’s impact. The Trust has launched an effort to highlight the critical connection between older buildings and vibrant cities, and spearheaded research reflecting the benefits of historic preservation in today’s urban areas. With co-author Kevin Murphy she has written The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation is Reviving America’s Communities, published by Island Press in September 2016.
To demonstrate the power of revitalization and reuse, the Trust established the National Treasures program which brings resources and attention to historic places that reflect the wide contours of the American past, from Teddy Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch to the Houston Astrodome to Joe Frazier’s Gym.
The Trust also works to bring a more diverse and younger group of Americans into the preservation movement, and support their efforts in their communities. Through social media and public outreach, the Trust is well on its way toward its goal of enlisting 1.5 million Preservation Allies to its ranks.
In addition, the Trust is strategically repositioning its portfolio of 27 historic sites to achieve new levels of stewardship, interpretation, and financial sustainability. Through this work, the Trust is inventing models of shared use — combining commercial and non-profit uses — to create enhanced visitor experiences and additional sources of revenue.