Dear Members and friends,
You may have noticed a significant lack of posting on Facebook and that our website has been taken off line temporarily. We would like to take a moment to bring you up to speed.
The last few years of the Recent Past Preservation Network have been interesting ones. While the architecture and landscapes of the last 75 years continue to have pressure applied to them, the landscape of organizations has also changed. As we have seen by the changes at such institutions as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, organizations are re-examining how they get their work done. To that end, the Recent Past Preservation Network board has decided to examine its goals and outcomes. We still remain committed to creating a strong network of advocates for the preservation of recent past architecture and landscapes. In order for us to find our niche between existing organizations, RPPN work in the next few days to bring the website back up. We will commit to developing an Endangered list for Recent Past sites, ongoing support of our State Representatives, improved advocacy and networking capability, and improved connection to graduate and undergraduate programs to promote the development of new advocates. We will continue to produce our newsletter and are always looking for new articles. If you have experience with graphic design and editing, we can always use your help for the newsletter and for the website.
We will be, in the next few weeks, contacting members to evaluate their most recent membership payments and discussing refunding memberships as necessary. After serious thought and discussion, the board of RPPN has decided to discontinue paid membership. As an all-volunteer group, we feel that the challenges of maintaining a membership program outweigh the membership benefits we can provide. Discontinuing paid membership will allow us to focus in on the goals that we have set for the organization.The dropping of membership will allow us to focus in on the goals that we have set for the organization.
Additionally, the organization has done a self-evaluation and we are working with board members to transition off the board to allow others to become involved at the national level in the advocacy of recent past architecture and landscapes. If you are interested in setting the new course for RPPN, please consider contacting Aaron for more information.
Finally, we wanted to take a moment to reiterate our support for those laboring away in the preservation, documentation, and analysis of recent past architecture and landscapes. We hope we can be of help as you fight your battles. Thank you for your ongoing support of our work.
Interim President, RPPN