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Want to help build more sustainable and economically resilient communities through historic preservation? Join us to learn more about how preservation and Main Street work in our state—and how you can get involved in your own community! Check out our educational webinars below, and stay tuned for more content (webinars, digital tours, virtual meet-ups, and more) in the future.


Careers in Historic Preservation – June 29, 2020

Preservationists can be found in diverse roles and organizations, including architectural firms, city planning offices, economic development agencies, historic parks, government services, construction companies, universities, private tourism firms, and a wide range of nonprofits. In June 2020, the Washington Trust and four distinguished professionals explored some of these many different paths with a discussion about Careers in Historic Preservation. Panelists spoke to their careers and shared advice for students, young professionals, and anyone else interested in engaging with preservation or cultural resources.

Panelists included: Dr. Manish Chalana, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington; Stacia Morfin, Owner and Operator of Nez Perce Tourism, LLC; Dr. Stephanie Toothman, former Associate Director, Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science, National Park Service; and Allison Williams, City Manager, City of Moses Lake.

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Main Street 101 – May 20, 2020

As a comprehensive economic development tool, the Main Street Approach® is the foundation that many communities in Washington and nationwide use to strengthen their historic downtown and commercial districts. This webinar will provide an orientation to the Main Street Approach for new board and staff, committee volunteers, and those looking to support their downtown with this proven revitalization strategy.


Preservation 101 in Spokane – October 18, 2019

The Washington Trust hosted a public workshop in Spokane to introduce the local audience to their statewide and local partners in preservation including the Washington Trust and Spokane Preservation Advocates. We also shared how community members can advocate for historic sites and highlighted the recent success story of Browne’s Addition as Spokane’s first local historic district designated by majority vote.


Main Street’s Role in Recovery: A Panel Discussion – April 30, 2020

Washington Main Street, Main Street Iowa, and Oregon Main Street teamed up to develop this recovery action plan that local programs can use as a template for their own work over the next three to twelve months and beyond. Main Street’s role in recovery is crucial, and we want you to be armed with tools and ideas to step up as leaders in your own communities and regions. To kick off this initiative, we asked Norma Ramirez de Miess, Tripp Muldrow, and Jim Thompson—who share diverse and deep set of experiences related to disaster and economic recovery—to speak with us. Watch this webinar to learn more about Main Street’s role in recovery.


Main Street Recovery Action Plan Roll Out – May 27, 2020

Main Street programs across the nation have been deploying their trademark creativity and resourcefulness in the face of the unprecedented challenges presented by the coronavirus. We know that Main Street was made for this work, bringing community members together to support one another and build (and rebuild) healthy local economies. Three state Main Street programs—Iowa, Oregon, and Washington—joined forces to create a tool to help local Main Street organizations focus their priorities and establish themselves as key players in economic recovery. Hear from the tri-state team about how your Main Street organization can use the Recovery Action Plan—a flexible work plan, complete with assessment tools, action ideas, and work plan templates for each committee. One document, easy to edit, yours to use.