Annual conference sessions regarding the preservation of historic Carnegie Libraries were initiated, at the 2004 National Preservation Conference held in Louisville, by then-Louisville Historic Preservation Officer Joanne Weeter. This first meeting was an "affinity session" held in the historic Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, one of the 1,689 Carnegie Libraries constructed in the United States.
An affinity session was also held at the conference hotel for the 2005 National Preservation Conference in Portland, Oregon. The Carnegie Libraries session held at the 2006 National Preservation Conference was the first "educational session" held. Attendance has steadily grown for these sessions, from about 30 in 2004 to more than 100 in 2006.
National Preservation Conference -- "Making Preservation Work!"
October 31 to November 5, 2006
Hilton Hotel (and nearby venues), Downtown Pittsburgh
Carnegie Libraries: Challenges and Solutions
Educational Session: Intermediate/Advanced
Friday, November 3, 2006, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
AIA/CES LU (HSW): 1.5
Hilton Sterlings 2 & 3 (Hilton Hotel, Sterlings Suite 2 & 3)
Speakers: Mary B. Dierickx, President, Mary B. Dierickx Architectural Preservation Consultants; Joseph C. Rizzo, AIA, ALA, Principal, Hillier Architecture; Glenn A. Walsh, Preservationist (Project Director, Friends of the Zeiss)
Session Manager and Moderator: Joanne Weeter, Principal, Joanne Weeter Historic Preservation Consulting
Introduction of Joseph Rizzo by Moderator Joanne Weeter
(Brief Biography of Panelist)
Joseph C. Rizzo, AIA, ALA: "How to Save Carnegie Libraries as Libraries"
Introduction of Glenn Walsh by Moderator Joanne Weeter (Brief Biography of Panelist)
Glenn A. Walsh: "Primary Impediments to Historic Preservation: EGO and MONEY !"
Outline of Presentation *** Photographs Used During Presentation (Used only photographs of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall)
Historic Carnegie Library Buildings in County of Allegheny, Pennsylvania (suburban Pittsburgh Carnegie libraries)
Historic Carnegie Library Buildings in City of Pittsburgh (The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)
Field Session Proposal: TOUR SEVEN EARLY CARNEGIE LIBRARIES (not implemented for 2006 conference)
Network of Carnegie Library Preservationists
History of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries
History of Astronomer John Brashear, Confidant of Andrew Carnegie
History of Henry Clay Frick, Business Partner of Andrew Carnegie
* 2006 July 12 - The Courier-Journal, Louisville:
COMMUNITY NEWSMAKER | JOANNE WEETER
Preservation officer to become consultant
Expertise will still serve community
By Martha Elson
Carnegie Libraries advocate, author, and Louisville Historic Preservation Officer Joanne Weeter retires after 23-year city career to become historic preservation consultant. Ms. Weeter, who initiated annual Preserving Carnegie Libraries conference sessions at the National Preservation Conference in 2004, also plans to write a history of Kentucky's Carnegie Libraries.
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