As this article reaches you I hope we are starting to see some signs of spring, or at least thawing around the state. The NHPA Executive Committee kept busy this winter on a variety of projects to serve you in 2014; from membership renewals, to our new Book Club, the Annual Awards, and planning the NHPA’s spring conference.
The NHPA’s new Book Club had their first meeting on January 26th with lively discussion on Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. The next book will be The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Elizabeth Wood has submitted a piece within this newsletter that will inspire you to read along with us.
Meeting regularly this time of year the Legislative Subcommittee is keeping close tabs on the assortment of bills working their way through the legislature. For a current look at bills the committee is tracking, check out our Legislative Tracker at http://www.nhplanners.org/legislativetracker.htm.
The Conference Organizing Group (COG) has set a date for the 2014 NHPA Conference, to be held on June 5th and 6th in Durham at UNH. Get ready to revisit your college memories with two days of excellent professional development opportunities and the adventure staying overnight in the dorms! If you are interested in volunteering or have a session idea for the conference please contact Matt Connors or Mary Friedman. Volunteers are always appreciated; please let us know if you are interested!
Remember that great keynote address by Claudia Folska, Ph.D. with the blind folds at the 2013 NNECAPA Conference in Meredith? Out of that address and Claudia’s work The New American Dream, NHPA’s first full feature length film is under construction. Thank you again for your generous donations to the Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. We will keep you posted on progress and look forward to sharing the end result with all of you!
Lastly, you should have received your annual membership renewal in January. We greatly appreciate all of the timely returns on the annual dues – thank you to all of you who have already responded! Check out the rest of the newsletter for more great news on planning around the State.
Sarah Marchant, NHPA President