Executive Director Delivers Keynote Address
At the invitation of the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, Mary Anthony delivered the keynote address at the 2015 Louisiana Annual Preservation Conference in Lake Charles. She discussed the history of The 1772 Foundation and explained how it developed its focus on historic properties redevelopment programs (HPRPs) as a means of historic preservation. She emphasized entrepreneurial leadership, including a willingness to take risks, creativity, and solution orientation, as key to the accomplishments of the most impactful HPRPs.
Following her address, Mary screened the documentary, The Revolving Fund, produced by students of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with the support of The 1772 Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The film premiered last November at the latter’s annual conference. It presents compelling arguments for the creation of HPRPs by historic preservation organizations considering properties work, describing their significance to neighborhood economic development.
Mary also led a break-out session, during which she reviewed several successful grant applications and identified elements that had made them appealing to The 1772 Foundation reviewers and trustees.