Author, preservation advocate to speak August 28

By  | August 20, 2019 | Filed under: News

Donovan Rypkema

FLORENCE –Donovan Rypkema, historic-preservation consultant at PlaceEconomics in Washington, D.C., will discuss the economic value of historic preservation, 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Singin’ River Live, 526B E. College St., Florence.

Rypkema will highlight examples of successful preservation projects done right, share some ideas for implementation in northwest Alabama and answer questions.

“While I have used his book “The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide” in my public history courses many times, I had my first opportunity to see him speak in Demopolis in June,” said Carrie Crawford, Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area director and affiliated professor in the University of North Alabama history department. “After the talk, I knew we had to get him to the Shoals to share why historic preservation matters to our community.”

The MSNHA and city of Decatur received a grant from the Alabama Historical Commission to bring Rypkema to Florence. Additional support for Rypkema’s visit comes from the Shoals Chamber, Florence-Lauderdale CVB, The Decatur-Morgan County Chamber, the Florence Historical Board, Afore Preservation Consulting and UNA’s College of Business. Partially funded by the Historic Preservation Fund, National Park Service, Department of Interior. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Interior.

The talk is free. Beverages will be available for purchase from Singin’ River Brewery. Organizers suggest reserving a seat online at


Media Release/Cathy Wood/Media coordinator Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area


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