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FAU’s Center for Urban Redevelopment and Education Sponsors Disaster Planning and Recovery Workshop to Protect Historic Sites  

            FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (February 23, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Urban Redevelopment and Education (CURE), the Center for the Conservation of Architectural and Cultural Heritage (CCACH) and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation have assembled a panel of preservation and mitigation experts to provide practical solutions for disaster planning and recovery. The one-day workshop will outline how damage to historic sites is responded to at the federal, state and local levels by using case studies from around the nation.

            The hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005 demonstrated that natural disasters can result in severe monetary and property losses. In the case of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the eradication of culture and places of historic significance became a pressing concern. While we cannot control nature, there are ways that historic sites can mitigate the extent of the damage received from hurricanes, floods, fire and other natural disasters.

            Panelists for the workshop include Karen Beard, executive director of Bonnet House, Fort Lauderdale; Laura Lee Corbett, principal of Laura Lee Consulting, Tallahassee; Christopher Eck, administrator of the Broward County Historical Commission, Fort Lauderdale; Dave Ferro, supervisor, Architectural Services, Florida Division of Historical Resources, Tallahassee; Stephanie Madson, environmental/historic preservation team leader of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Atlanta, GA; John Maseman, director/chief conservator of the South Florida Conservation Center, Zellwood; and Chris Pendleton, president & CEO of Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers.

            The Disaster Planning and Recovery for Historic Sites workshop will be held on Friday, March 9, 2007 at Florida Atlantic University, 220 SE 2nd Avenue, Room 724, Fort Lauderdale, FL. For information on registration and other requirements, visit or call 954-762-5136.

            FAU-CURE is an outreach and applied research center housed in FAU’s College of Architecture Urban and Public Affairs. The center’s mission is to improve and preserve the quality of life of individuals and communities through training, research and outreach. CCACH is a resource center housed in CURE.


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