Every 2-3 years the National Trust has a conference for all the Buildings and Grounds related positions of their Historic Sites. This year I was lucky enough to attend this conference in Monterey, California. The topic of discussions at this conference were Disaster Preparedness, Cyclical Maintenance, and Sustainability at our Sites.
We had sessions all day Monday and Tuesday that were very helpful in getting us to think about these topics through another, similar but different, set of eyes. It was also very helpful to get to know our colleagues that do similar tasks that we do and to just enjoy the general camaraderie that we had.
We were also privileged to have special tours of two National Trust Historic Sites, Cooper-Molera Adobe and Filoli. These are fabulous Historic Sites that I recommend to all that are close to them to spend as much time as possible there.