Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Symposium

The NHA, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and the Rome-based International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), will host a symposium at the NHA’s Whaling Museum on December 8, which will be open to the public and free of charge, as well as live-streamed on the NHA YouTube Channel.

The symposium will be a community forum to explore the latest international and domestic efforts to address the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage and historic materials.

Live Stream of the Symposium

(No Registration Necessary for Live Stream)

Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Symposium – Part 1: International Perspective
December 8, 9am–12:15pm

Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Symposium – Part 2: United States Perspective
December 8, 2–5pm

Lead Image: Sea Level Rise Projection and Visualization of Nantucket at Easy and Broad Streets. Preservation Institute Nantucket/ University of Florida. 

Historic Buildings Assemblies Flood Testing Project

In addition to the public symposium, two days of private working meetings with climate change experts will take place at the Whaling Museum on December 6 and 7.

The accelerating impacts of a changing climate and rising seas are threatening cultural heritage globally. Historic structures, cultural landscapes, and archaeological sites are among the range of historic resources increasingly at risk from flooding, wildfires, and extreme temperature and weather events, among other threats.

Nantucket, an island 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, was a global whaling capital from the late-eighteenth century until the mid-nineteenth century. Today, the island and town comprise one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts on the nation’s east coast, with more than 800 structures built before 1850. The historic sites and cultural resources that comprise Nantucket’s National Historic Landmark District are threatened by coastal flooding, erosion, and other climate change-related risks.

Flooding at Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.

The cultural resources and primary risks of the Southeast and Southwest regions of the United States will serve as case studies. The workshop experts will also review the methodology and outcomes of ongoing research to evaluate the resilience of historic materials and building assemblies exposed to flooding.

Anticipated outcomes from the symposium include:

  • The development of a strategic framework to inform future research and actions and adopting a formal declaration of the climate change challenges facing cultural heritage locations globally, including Nantucket.
  • In addition, the NHA will be exploring specific protections for the NHA’s properties.

Meet the Experts
Glenn BoornazianFounding Partner & Principal Conservator
Integrated Conservation Resources, Inc.
Integrated Conservation Contracting, Inc.

In 1988, Glenn started what would become Integrated Conservation Resources (ICR), and Integrated Conservation Contracting (ICC), in order to combine investigative architectural conservation services with high-quality conservation contracting. His expertise includes specialized conditions investigation, materials testing, analysis, and the design and implementation of architectural conservation treatment programs. Prior graduate school, Glenn was the Director of Restoration for the Nantucket Historical Association. After studying at Columbia University’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, Glenn served as Staff Conservator for the Center for Preservation Research at Columbia University. He was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and speaks widely on historic preservation issues.  Glenn currently serves as a Trustee on the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation and is co-teaching an international cultural heritage course at the Yale School of Architecture.

Kelly Clark
Cultural Resources Specialist / Management Assistant
Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate
U.S. National Park Service

Kelly Clark has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Historic Preservation and Community Planning from the College of Charleston. Her NPS career began as an intern with the NPS Historic Preservation Training Center in 2002. From there she continued her field work as a Maintenance Mechanic as part of a traveling preservation crew stationed at the former Intermountain Regional Support Office located in Santa Fe, NM. In 2007 Kelly became a permanent employee at Dry Tortugas National Park where she served as the Cultural Resources Specialist until January of 2019, leading the preservation and documentation of Fort Jefferson and associated resources on the ground. In 2019 Kelly transferred to the Denver Service Center, working in the Technical Branch of the Design and Construction Division completing quality assurance reviews and providing technical input related to compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act.

Over the course of her 20-year career she has done hands on masonry work, planning, resource documentation, construction contract management, and worked diligently to make internal NPS process improvements for documentation related to the planning, design, and treatment of historic properties.  Kelly has served as a Cultural Resource Advisor after multiple natural disasters and is a consummate advocate for the preservation trades and responsible park management. Additionally, she teaches Historic Preservation Fundamentals to NPS employees, partners, and students. Currently, Kelly is serving as a Management Assistant to Joy Beasley, the Associate Director of Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science directorate of the National Park Service.

Shina Duvall
Regional Archeologist, Interior Region 11 – Alaska.
U.S. National Park Service

Shina duVall is the Regional Archeologist for the National Park Service Interior Region 11 – Alaska. In this role, she provides leadership, assistance, oversight, and coordination on archaeological and cultural resource issues affecting National Park units in collaboration with a wide variety of partners in Alaska and beyond. Originally from the Rocky Mountain West, Shina has over 20 years of experience supporting and managing a variety of archaeological, cultural resource, and historic preservation projects through her work experience in private, government, higher education, and non-profit sectors.

Dena’inaq ełnen’aq’ gheshtnu ch’q’u yeshdu. (Dena’ina)
I live and work on Dena’ina land. (English)
Translation by J. Isaak and S. Shaginoff-Stuart

Jenifer Eggleston
Chief of Staff
Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate
U.S. National Park Service

Jenifer Eggleston began her career with the National Park Service in in 2007 as the primary grants manager for the Hurricane Katrina and Rita Historic Preservation Recovery Grant program. After 7 years with the grant program Jenifer moved to the Office of the Associate Director for Cultural Resource, currently serving as the Chief of Staff. Additionally, she is one of the primary team members responsible for guidance and training regarding adapting historic buildings to the threat of flooding; co-authoring the recently released Guidelines on Flood Adaptation for Rehabilitation Historic Buildings. Before coming to the National Park Service Jenifer worked at an education nonprofit and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Community Revitalization Department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in historic preservation from the University of Mary Washington and a Masters of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis.

Morris (Marty) Hylton III
Historic Architect for Climate Change
Climate, Science, and Disaster Response Program
Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate
U.S. National Park Service

Marty Hylton serves as the first Historic Architect for Climate Change for the National Park Service. He is helping launch the Climate, Science, and Disaster Response Program dedicated to stewarding the nation’s cultural resources impacted by climate change. Marty is duty stationed with the Climate Change Response Program (CCRP) based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Established in 2010, CCRP provides research, technical assistance, project and planning guidance, and guidance and training to address the impacts of climate change across the park system. Prior to this assignment, Marty was an Associate Scholar at the University of Florida (2007-2021) where he held the position of Director of Historic Preservation (2011-2021) and oversaw the Preservation Institutes Nantucket and St. Augustine. His work with disaster recovery and resilience began in 2005 at the World Monuments Fund where, as Strategic Initiatives Manager, he oversaw the recovery of historic properties and communities on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Over the past five years, he has worked with the University of Florida Envision Heritage research team, which he created in 2012, to develop approaches to digitally document and assess the vulnerability of cultural resources threatened by sea level rise and flooding and devise adaptation strategies. These applied research activities included multi-year, multi-faceted initiatives in the National Historic Landmark Districts of Nantucket, Massachusetts and St. Augustine, Florida, among other coastal communities.

Dr. Rohit Jigyasu
Project Manager,
Urban Heritage, Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management, Programme Unit, International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration
of Cultural Property (ICCROM)

Rohit Jigyasu is a conservation architect and risk management professional from India, currently working at ICCROM as Project Manager on Urban Heritage, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. He is also at present the vice president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee of Risk Preparedness (ICORP). Rohit served as UNESCO Chair holder professor at the Institute for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, where he was instrumental in developing and teaching International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage. He was the elected President of ICOMOS-India from 2014-2018 and president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP) from 2010-2019. Rohit served as the Elected Member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS since 2011 and was its Vice President from 2017-2020. Before joining ICCROM, Rohit has been working with several national and international organizations such as UNESCO, UNDRR, Getty Conservation Institute and World Bank for consultancy, research and training on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage. He is also the co-author of the revised draft of the UNESCO Policy on climate action for World Heritage Properties that is currently under discussion by the States Parties of the World Heritage Convention.

Johanna Leissner
Dr. Johanna Leissner
EU Office Brussels

Trained as chemist and material scientist. She has been working in cultural heritage research for over 20 years focussing on climate change impact on cultural heritage, environmental monitoring of cultural property and sustainability issues like Green Museums.

She is the chair of the EU OMC (open method of coordination) expert group of European Member States Strengthening cultural heritage resilience for climate change established in January 2021 and member of the EU Commission expert group Cultural Heritage Forum founded in 2019. Since June 2022, coordinator of the EIT (European Institute of Technology) programme Culture & Creativity (2022-2029) and since 2020 coordinator of German research project KERES “Protecting cultural heritage from extreme climate events and increasing resilience” as well as the EU project Climate for Culture from 2009-2014 ( She is partner in the Austrian Academy of Science project Modelling the impact of future climate change on museum pests and fungi (2021- 2024) and in the German project Damage prevention for cultural assets in times of climate change (2022-2024).

German delegate for the Council of Europe Strategy “European Cultural Heritage in the 21st century” (2018) and of the UNESCO World Heritage Expert Group for climate change impacts on cultural heritage (2017). Since 2005 scientific representative for Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft at the European Union in Brussels. Co-founder of the German Research Alliance for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in 2008 and of the Fraunhofer Sustainability Network. From 2001 to 2005 National Expert of the Federal Republic of Germany responsible for “Technologies for the Protection of the European Cultural Heritage” in the European Commission in Brussels.

Frank G. Matero
Gonick Family Professor and Chair, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation Director, The Center for Architectural Conservation
Editor in Chief, Change Over Time

Frank G. Matero is Gonick Family Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. He is Director and founder of the Center for Architectural Conservation, a member of the Graduate Group in the Department of Art History, and Research Associate of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He is founder and editor-in-chief of Change Over Time, the international journal on conservation and the built environment published by Penn Press.  His teaching and research are focused on historic building technology and the conservation of building materials, with an emphasis on masonry and earthen construction, the conservation of archaeological sites, and issues related to preservation and appropriate technology for traditional societies and places.

Lauren Meyer
Program Manager, Intermountain Historic Preservation Services (Vanishing Treasures, Historic Structures, Cultural Landscapes and History)
U.S. National Park Service

Lauren Meyer oversees the U.S. National Park Service’s (NPS) Intermountain Historic Preservation Services Program, which is inclusive of the regional History, Historic Structures, Cultural Landscapes and Vanishing Treasures teams. Alongside technical and building craft specialists, she provides support and guidance to parks and partners in the identification, documentation and conservation of significant cultural heritage throughout the American West. With the NPS since 2002, Lauren’s focus areas include the conservation of archeological sites and traditional stone masonry and earthen building systems and materials in the Southwestern United States, the development of tools for evaluating and addressing climate change risks and vulnerabilities for cultural heritage, and the implementation of multi-disciplinary approaches to cultural resource management. Lauren has a BA in Archaeological Studies from Boston University, a MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, and an Advanced Certificate in Architectural Conservation and Site Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kyle Normandin
Associate Principal
WJE Engineers & Architects, P.C.
Engineers | Architects | Materials Scientists

Kyle Normandin is an Associate Principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. and has been with the firm for over 20 years.  He specializes in the investigation, repair, and conservation of modern materials and historic buildings. He is a Professional Associate of the American Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).  He is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University in the GSAPP program and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Architectural Conservation (JAC) through Taylor & Francis in the UK. He has authored numerous publications and edited special journal issues for the APT Bulletin and the JAC on the conservation of built heritage. Mr. Normandin holds a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley (1989) and a Master’s of Science degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University in the City of New York (1995).

Jennifer (Jenny) Parker
Technical Preservation Services
U.S. National Park Service

Jenny Parker is a supervisory architectural historian in the Technical Preservation Services office of the National Park Service where she produces guidance materials and presentations related to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Along with co-authors, she recently published Guidelines on Flood Adaptation for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. She has been a part of the project team with NPS colleagues and the Army Corps of Engineers to undertake laboratory testing of traditional materials in floods. Ms. Parker is also responsible for the review of Federal Historic Tax Credit projects in several states. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art & Design and a Bachelor of Science in Building Science from Auburn University.
Dr. Robyn Pender
Senior Building Conservation Advisor
Recently Retired Historic England

Building Climate Change Adaptation Team

Dr. Robyn Pender has just retired from Historic England (formerly English Heritage: the arm’s-length agency that advises the UK government on all aspects of the historic environment) after 18 years as a Senior Buildings Conservation Advisor, latterly with the Building Climate Adaptation Team. A physicist with a post-graduate degree in wall painting conservation from the Courtauld Institute of Art, Robyn’s PhD investigated the transport of moisture within coated stone under the influence of external environmental conditions. In 2002 she researched and wrote the ground-breaking scoping study on the impacts of climate change on the historic environment which had been commissioned from University College London by English Heritage, staying on at UCL to set up a research project into climate-change related flooding. She then joined EH’s Building Conservation and Research Team, planning the first symposium on climate change in the sector, and helping to bring together the new Practical Building Conservation books (acting as subeditor and layout director as well as volume editor/author for the Building Environment, Glass & Glazing, and Metals volumes). The series won APT’s Lee Nelson Award in 2015. For 12 years Robyn was a commissioner for the CFCE – the body which controls planning issues in English Cathedrals – and she remains a member of the Church of England’s Environmental Working Group. Together with Carl Elefante, she currently manages the relationship of the Climate Heritage Network with the GlobalABC (the UNEP’s buildings arm). Her research interests centre on integrating building science with that history, to look more deeply at the causes and misunderstanding underlying our profligate use of fossil fuels within the built environment. She is passionate about communicating these understanding widely with audiences of all types and backgrounds, to show how and why the historic environment holds the keys to a sustainable future. 

Stefan Simon
Prof. Dr. Stefan Simon
Direktor, Rathgen-Forschungslabor,
Staatliche - Preussischer

Stefan Simon is since 2005 Director of the Rathgen Research Laboratory with the National Museums Berlin. Trained as a heritage scientist, Simon earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. He served as a Council Member and Vice President of ICCROM, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property.

As Inaugural Director of Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Director of the Yale’s Global Cultural Heritage Initiatives (2014-2019), Stefan Simon prioritized the advancement of sustainable conservation strategies triggered by the global climate crisis and the green museum debate, and questions of conservation documentation, authenticity and access in the digital age.

Between 2001 and 2005 he led the Building Materials Section at the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles. Simon is a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute, and has been recognized with Honorary Professorships at X´ian Jiaotong University, China, and the Technical University Berlin. He has co-authored and published more than 150 articles on the preservation of cultural heritage.

Simeon A. Warren
Chief of Architecture and Engineering
National Park Service National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
U.S. National Park Service

As a trained cathedral stone carver, stone mason and conservator, he spent his formative years studying at Weymouth College Architecture Stone Carving Program, apprenticed at Lincoln Cathedral and became Deputy Yard Forman at Wells Cathedral. In 2001 he began developing the academic program at American College of the Building Arts became its founding Dean 2005, Dean Emeritus in 2013 and, nominated by the faculty, as Professor Emeritus in 2020. He received South Carolina highest arts award the Elizabeth Verner O’Neill Governors Arts Award 2019 for Arts Education. Historic Charleston Foundation awarded Samuel Gaillard Stoney Conservation Craftsmanship Award 2016. Preservation Trade Networks Askins Achievement Award, 2012.

He now works for the National Park Service at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training whose purpose is to develop new ways to preserve our cultural built heritage through Preservation technology research, training, dissemination of information and traditional knowledge skills awareness.

Jeneva Wright
Archeologist for Climate Change
Climate, Science, and Disaster Response
Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science
U.S. National Park Service

Jeneva Wright (M.A., RPA) is the Archeologist for Climate Change for the National Park Service Climate, Science, and Disaster Response Program. She is duty stationed with the Climate Change Response Program (CCRP) based in Fort Collins, Colorado to support CCRP’s research and efforts to address the impacts of climate change and sea level rise across the breadth of the NPS system. Prior to this assignment, Jeneva supported the Partnerships and Innovations Directorate at the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency by serving as lead archaeologist for underwater partner development and field projects. Her research and publications on climate change impacts to archaeological resources began during a graduate internship at Biscayne National Park and continued during her tenure with the National Park Service as an archaeologist with the Submerged Resources Center. She is currently an executive board member of the Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology, serves as co-chair of the Climate Change and Submerged Cultural Heritage Working Group, and is conducting a PhD at the University of Miami Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy in collaboration with the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

The workshop and symposium are generously supported by
The Osceola Foundation, Inc. (Walter Beinecke Jr. family)
Susan and David Brownlee
The ReMain Nantucket Fund managed
by the Community Foundation for Nantucket
Michele Kolb, Kolb Architects

About the National Park Service

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

About the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) is an intergovernmental organization working in service of the UNESCO World Heritage Member States (i.e., countries) to promote the conservation of all forms of cultural heritage, in every region of the world.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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