Preservation Virginia Informational Meeting Follow-Up

An informational meeting was held yesterday to discuss the Preservation Virginia Conference. The annual event will be held this year in Winchester, September 25-27, based out of the George Washington Hotel. The event, scheduled to coincide with Civil War Weekend, hopes to draw 200 people to Winchester and showcase the revitalized downtown and surrounding areas.

“Historic preservation is an economic development tool,” said Elizabeth Kostelny, executive director of the 6,000-member Preservation Virginia. “We want to introduce preservation to people who haven’t thought about it as economic development. Winchester is a great way to show that off.”

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Some think of historic preservation as saving monuments and relics, [Bob] Stieg said, but the broader vision is that it “undergirds economic revitalization. It’s not just cute old buildings, but structures used by people.”

The annual awards will also be presented at the September conference in Winchester. Nominations are welcomed; for more information, contact Preservation Virginia at 804-648-1889 or online at

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