Working Towards Equity in Historic Preservation

Earlier this fall, 106 Group Sr. Architectural Historian and Planner, Lindsey Wallace, co-facilitated an interactive session at the 2023 Preserve MN Conference in Mankato. The session, “Continuing the Conversation: Working Towards Equity in Historic Preservation,” laid out key DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) concepts, including differences between equality and equity.

It also covered progress made towards making the preservation process more accessible, including Goal 3 of Minnesota’s Statewide Preservation Plan. As such the 2023 session served as a follow-up to a similar conversation, “Diversifying History,” that took place at the 2022 Preserve MN Conference in Duluth.

Lindsey joined co-facilitators Erin Que (City of Minneapolis), Barbara Howard (Stonebridge Learning), and Ginny Way (Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office) to lead break-out sessions in which groups of consultants, government staff, Heritage Preservation Commissioners, and nonprofit professionals each had the opportunity to converse with their peers.

Discussion centered on the crucial role community engagement plays as a tool for accessibility and inclusion. The groups also considered challenges to effective engagement, including how to make lasting, authentic and supportive relationships with local communities as well as how to structurally prioritize engagement (such as in RFPs).

Be sure to check out the session on the Minnesota SHPO’s YouTube channel for more.

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Lindsey Wallace

Lindsey is an architectural historian and heritage planner. She heads 106 Group’s DEI Working Group.