Easton will host 2020 Statewide Conference on Heritage

It's an event of historic proportions! Hundreds of preservationists will visit Easton (Northampton County) from June 24-26 for the 2020 Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage. Planning partners include the Easton Main Street Initiative for the Greater Easton Development Partnership, the Sigal Museum, and the Nurture Nature Center.

The annual conference features walking tours, special access to interesting places, and dozens of educational sessions and panel discussions on relevant topics.  Among this year's sessions will be "The Art of Placemaking," "The Value of Feasibility Studies," "Solar: The Price of Progress," "Night of Lights: A Case Study in Innovative Heritage Interpretation and Community Storytelling," and "Brownfields on Main Street: State and Federal Opportunities for Community-Driven Preservation."

The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards will be presented at a luncheon on Wednesday, June 24. Nominations were received from all across the state. Presentations will include the F. Otto Haas Award for outstanding individual or group achievements in the field of historic preservation; the Henry A. Jordan Award for outstanding historic preservation efforts at the local/regional level, and the Ralph Modjeski Award for Excellence in Transportation Design, Preservation or Archaeology, sponsored by Modjeski & Masters, one of the world's leading bridge engineering firms.

About Easton, Pennsylvania

We think you'll love exploring Easton -- and you may want to make a weekend of it, since the Lehigh Valley region has so much to explore!

Set at the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers, Easton boasts a wonderful blend of heritage and hipness. Founded in 1752, the city is one of three locations where the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to the populace and has one of the oldest farmers' markets in the country.

Enjoy nearby trails and parks to hike and bike. (Conference attendees will enjoy a boat cruise and celebration of the area's canal heritage.)

Discover legacy businesses like the Carmelcorn Shop (founded 1931) as well as newer small businesses such as the quirky Three Birds Coffeehouse, located in the 1862 John Bull Mansion.

A very special walking tour for conference attendees will take in the area's Lenape roots, colonial beginnings, the Victorian heyday, and the development of this culturally rich, diverse community.

About our partners

The Easton Main Street Initiative, part of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, focuses on enlivening Easton's core and revitalizing business and economic opportunities. It organizes people and resources to improve downtown, promotes activities that build community and contribute to the economic health and vitality of downtown Easton, enhance the sense of place with a focus on preservation, architecture and design, and work to strengthen and diversity opportunities for business.

The Sigal Museum, home of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society, features significant collections of pre-European settlement artifacts, decorative arts, textiles, farming implements, colonial furniture, and much more. While the historical society has been celebrating area history for decades, the museum opened in the summer of 2010, offering its visitors interactive exhibits, self-guided and docent-led tours, special children’s programs, and a lecture series on local and American history. It is one of four museums and historic sites operated by Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society in the county seat of Easton. In addition to its exhibits, the Sigal Museum is home to the Jane S. Moyer Library, which provides a wealth of resources for students, scholars, and genealogical researchers.

The Nurture Nature Center was founded in 2007 in response to repetitive flooding in the Delaware River Basin. Its initial focus was on flood education and outreach and the center achieved a national reputation for its work in the area. Their engagement methods and educational materials on climate change and other environmental issues are now in use by governmental bodies and other organizations across thtte country. While flood risk education remains a core focus, the center's work now also provides community programming that includes science and art presentations and workshops, documentary film series, garden programming, community dialogue forums and youth activities and field trips.