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The host of last October's National Preservation Conference hopes to build on the momentum by presenting a five-day event in Buffalo beginning Monday.

The "Preservation Plus" conference, presented by Preservation Buffalo Niagara, will examine the issues of historic preservation, urban planning, sustainability and community revitalization.

" 'Preservation Plus' is focusing on broader content instead of just preservation. PBN fully believes all of the themes have overlapping missions and goals, and you can't have one without the other," said Jason Wilson, director of operations. "The conference is an opportunity to examine how all of these themes coexist within our region, and to find ways for organizations to cooperate and pull in the same direction."

More than 40 field and education sessions, hands-on workshops and demonstrations of successful projects are planned, as well as a reprise of last year's "Museums by Moonlight" on Thursday.

That will allow visits to the Richardson Olmsted Complex, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo History Museum, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State Art Conservation Lab and Forest Avenue Resource Center.

Among the planned "field sessions" attendees can choose from are Knox Farm State Park, Graycliff, Community Beer Works Brewery, Buffalo Religious Arts Center, Central Terminal, Shea's Performing Arts Center and a green development zone being developed by PUSH Buffalo.

The opening plenary session on Monday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Allendale Theatre on Allen Street, will feature George Grasser of Partners for a Livable Western New York; Aaron Bartley, co-director of PUSH Buffalo; Tom Yots, executive director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara; and Tracy Hall, executive director of U.S. Green Building Council, New York Upstate chapter.

On Friday, topics during the conference's lone full day of activities will include "Recapturing Public Space: The Reconstruction and Management of Pittsburgh's Historic Market Square;" and "Old Homes Attracting Young Professionals: Niagara Falls."

Topics that day will also include "Historic Tax Credits: Attracting Investment for Your Rehab Project;" and "The Green Code and Preservation: Zoning Historic Buffalo for the 21st Century."

Also on Friday, the Preservation League of New York State will present grants to three groups in Western New York.

Tickets for the conference are $85 for Preservation Buffalo Niagara members, $95 for non-members.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.presplusbuffalo.com, or call 852-3300.

Tickets must be purchased by Monday, with on-site registration available on that day only.

"Museums by Moonlight" tickets are $25 for those not attending the conference, and can be purchased online at buffalotours.org.





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