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Invitation to Historic Places & Collections Seminar

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Balancing Public Safety and Protection of Historic Places and Collections

Wednesday, July 24, and Thursday, July 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Avenue at Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA

Synopsis: The events of 9/11 have made life safety and the security of public 
places paramount issues facing government and the private sector at all 
levels.  This conference - the second in a series - will focus on how our new 
concerns for security will affect the historic character of our cities and 
towns.  It provides an opportunity for persons from all disciplines to come 
together to consider the immediate and long term effects of increased 
security on our historic buildings, structures, landscapes, transportation 
systems, neighborhoods, and parks.  Following on the success of the first 
conference, held in January in Washington, DC, this one takes a look at the 
experiences in San Francisco and cities on the West Coast, as well as in the 
nation's capital. 

Program: Willie Brown, Mayor of San Francisco; Special Agent Lightfoot, FBI; 
Steve Smith, GSA blast expert; Melvyn Green, engineer and building codes 
expert;  and representatives from U.S. State Department, National Park 
Service, City of Seattle, and numerous architectural, engineering, insurance, 
and security firms will discuss design issues and materials, the costs of 
disasters, changes to building codes, and preparation for first responders.  
The conference includes a tour of the San Francisco City Hall, the Golden 
Gate Bridge, U.S. Court of Appeals, and other historic places. The conference 
provides opportunities for continuing a national dialogue on meeting public 
safety needs while preserving irreplaceable historic resources.

Audience: Mayors and other public officials; Federal, State, and city 
security and historic preservation staffs; representatives of public 
entities; and, the private sector.

Registration: Program information and registration can be found at 
Persons wishing more information should send an email with their name, 
telephone and email address to the Federal Preservation Institute at 
npsconference(--nospam--at) The registration fee will include all sessions, 
the tour, and continental breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon refreshments.  A 
block of rooms has been reserved for conference participants at the Cathedral 
Hill Hotel (415-776-8200) for the nights of July 23-25th.

QUESTIONS:  Call or email Constance Ramirez, Director, Federal Preservation 
Institute, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, National 
Park Service, Washington, D.C., at 202-343-9569 or NPS_FPI(--nospam--at)

Other Co-Sponsors:  Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, California 
Chapter-Association for Preservation Technology International, California 
Building Officials, California Preservation Foundation, California Department 
of Parks and Recreation, Heritage Preservation, National Building Museum, 
National Trust for Historic Preservation, U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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