Nantucket Preservation Symposium

2022 Preservation Symposium: June 22 & 23

11 Centre Street, Second Floor & Livestreamed

Join us for engaging presentations exploring traditionally excluded narratives in history and preservation, both on Nantucket and across the country, featuring experts in the fields of architectural, art, and cultural history.

The conference will kick off on June 22nd with an afternoon of casual welcome events including walking tours, open houses at museums, and an evening reception.
On Thursday, June 23rd, attendees will convene at historic Sherburne Hall for a day of presentations and lively conversation. This conference, presented in partnership with the Preservation Institute Nantucket, will kick off PIN’s summer semester.

Tickets will go on sale in mid May
In-person: $60 NPT Members / $75 Non-members
Remote participation: $25
Click here to make a Leadership gift to the 2022 Preservation Symposium.


Fallon Samuels Aidoo, the Jean Brainard Boebel Endowed Professor of Historic Preservation at the University of New Orleans, will present the keynote lecture. A scholar, educator, and practitioner of urban design, Dr. Aidoo analyzes and advances the revitalization and resilience of built environments. Her work revolves around sites and streets impacted by distress, deterioration, disinvestment and disasters.

Donnamarie Barnes, curator/archivist for Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island, NY has spent over thirty years working in the editorial photography field as a Photo Editor for publications such as People Magazine and Essence and as a Photo Librarian and Editor at the Gamma Liaison photo agency. She curated a highly acclaimed historic tintype photography exhibition in 2015 at the Eastville Community Historical Society.

Kevin D. Murphy, Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities and Professor and Chair of History of Art at Vanderbilt University, teaches courses in 19th century architectural and material cultural, primarily in Europe and North America. His work has focused on historicism in France and the United States, both with respect to new design and the preservation of historic sites.

Catherine W. Zipf, Executive Director of the Bristol Historical & Preservation Society in Bristol, RI, studies the underdogs (and the elites when they were underdogs) of American architectural history. With an interest in race and gender, Zipf reconstructs lost or overlooked histories, providing a new, often surprising, viewpoint on the traditional narrative.

We’re pleased to feature a panel of local historians, researchers, and artists who are exploring Nantucket’s history in lively and engaging ways, including Nikoline Bohr, Michelle Elzay, Jascin Finger, Frances Karttunen, Betsy Tyler, and Barbara White.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 2021 Preservation Symposium: Rescuing History: Nantucket in Response to Rising Seas! Click here to view the recorded presentations.

Missed our 2020 Symposium? View video recordings here!

NPT is committed to assisting our community in developing resiliency strategies while protecting the precious resource of our shared historic heritage. Our Preservation Symposium is designed to catalyze inter-disciplinary and cross-community collaboration toward the creation of innovative solutions.

Nantucket Preservation Trust is grateful to our underwriters, partners, speakers, leaders and supporters for their help in making this event possible, and for their support of our ongoing effort to preserve our island’s unique architectural heritage and timeless sense of place.

Nantucket Preservation Trust is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization charged with protecting and preserving Nantucket Island’s unique and endangered architectural heritage and timeless sense of place.  Tickets purchased to NPT events support our mission, and as such we do not offer refunds on any donations or ticket purchases associated with our events.  Should you be unable to attend, or in the unlikely event of a cancellation, the value of any unused tickets purchased or associated with your donation will be considered part of your tax-deductible contribution.

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