Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Cultural Landscapes

Methods For Heritage Conservation And Community Engagement

Breakout 4B

Day/Time: Thursday, January 17, 4–5:15 p.m.
Location: Creekside II, 2nd Floor
Speakers: Julie McGilvray, Guadalupe Mountains National Park

This session will define cultural landscapes and how this concept can complement and support heritage conservation and preservation efforts in communities throughout Texas. It will focus on National Park Service practices and views on cultural landscapes and their management. These practices (identification, documentation, and treatment) and their associated products (Cultural Landscape Reports and Inventories) will be examined as viable tools for better understanding place. Also, the relationship between the National Register of Historic Places and cultural landscapes will be examined to better define of role of cultural landscapes in the designation process and how this concept can be used to refine historic designation efforts. Issues in cultural landscapes—such as boundary creation, working with natural resources, engaging communities, and understanding diversity in heritage—will also be addressed.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity (or many activities at this event). When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at

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Julie McGilvray is the cultural resources program manager for Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas, where she manages the park’s historic structures, cultural landscapes, archeology, museum collections, and ethnography programs. She previously led the Santa Fe, NM-based National Park Service Intermountain Region’s cultural landscapes program and served national park units throughout the Rocky Mountains, from Montana to Texas. Her background and education is in archeology, historic preservation, and landscape architecture.