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A gathering of historians of a different sort than portrayed in the movie series involving a well-known character "Indiana Jones", met in Norfolk during one of the more warmer summers we've had in recent memory. These are the people that help preserve our Nation's history - one building, one landmark at a time. Even though Norfolk and the rest of Hampton Roads has its own share of history, there is nothing like a collective national brain trust when you have the top people from around our Nation get together to work on a plan on keeping what we have to recall our heritage. The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) hosted their biennial planning conference called Forum 2012 – which was hosted at Norfolk’s Waterside Marriott hotel. While the majority of attendees met for 3 days of round-table discussions and workshops, there was several opportunities for people to get out and stretch their legs – by visiting various “works in progress” sites in Norfolk and Portsmouth, along with day-long trips to the Eastern Shore, and the Historical Triangle of Jamestown-Yorktown-Williamsburg.

Historians and those involved in architectural preservation are in a league of their own when it comes to determining best practices in preserving buildings and artifacts that are a visible part of our history. In an economy that is struggling to recover and preserve all things to all people, the NAPC has also stepped up to achieve a green status during renovations and preservations of structures that used materials during original construction that are no longer allowed in today’s environmentally aware community – asbestos, lead-based paint being but two of the culprits that are dealt with in every project. As much as possible – and way ahead of the curve, NAPC leads from the front in maintaining a balance of preserving the past, while stepping into the future.