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Learn about historic preservation

A panel of experts will discuss the value that historic buildings add to communities at the Everett Public Library.

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EVERETT — People concerned about historic preservation are welcome to attend a panel discussion on the topic set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Everett Public Library.
The nonprofit group Humanities Washington gathered experts to talk about the value of historic buildings in a community.
The panel includes Dave Koenig, who works in Everett planning; Brandon Houskeeper, an analyst for the Washington Policy Center who specializes in land use regulation; Michael Herschensohn, an expert in historic buildings and how they relate to a community’s history; and Steve Hager, the developer behind Everett’s Donovan homes project, a new neighborhood of old homes in historic north Everett.
The event is one of a series of panel discussions the group is organizing to try and promote reasoned discussion around sometimes hot-button topics.
The last, held in November, was on immigration.
“I think it’s very important for libraries to be doing these kinds of programs, and we feel lucky to have been included in the project by Humanities Washington,” said Eileen Simmons, library director. “In a time when so many complicated issues get compressed into sound bites and tweets, these kinds of programs give people an opportunity to listen to experts, each with their own unique perspective — and they do not all agree with each other — to ask questions, and to really engage in a meaningful discussion about subjects that affect all of us.”
The group plans at least one more panel in February on the generational divide.

Debra Smith: 425-339-3197; dsmith@heraldnet.com.
Story tags » Everett LibraryEverettSnohomish County history

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