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MAS Presents at National Trust Conference

national trust presentation coney islandMAS Kress Fellow for Historic Preservation and Public Policy, Melissa Baldock, was at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference in Nashville last week.  At the conference, Melissa showcased MAS’ ImagineConey project and our work in promoting and protecting the historic resources and character of Coney Island.  Through her poster presentation, Melissa was able to discuss these issues with many of the over 2000 conference attendees MAS’ Coney Island work. Not surprisingly, the Coney Island topic was quite popular at the conference.  Many people shared with Melissa stories of family members from Brooklyn going there decades ago, while others were interested in how planning tools have been integral in the efforts to revitalize the historic amusement area. Everyone recognized Nathan’s as an American icon that presents difficult preservation issues, but Melissa was told next time to bring Nathan’s hot dogs to share so that people could fully grasp its significance!  The poster presentation helped challenge preservationists from all over the country to think about how MAS’ visioning, planning, and preservation efforts in Coney Island could be an inspiration to their own work.