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Book Talk and Reception at Handley Library

October 4, 2019

Handley Regional Library System and the Friends of the Handley Regional Library announce a unique book talk and reception on October 4th at 3PM at Handley Library. Thompson M. Mayes, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation will discuss recent book Why Old Places Matter: How Historic Places Affect Our Identity and Well-Being.  This is free and open to the public. This event is hosted by Preservation of Historic Winchester.  Why Old Places Matter is the only book that explores the reasons that old places matter to people. Although people often feel very deeply about the old places of their lives, they don’t have the words to express why. This book brings these ideas together in evocative language and with illustrative images for a broad audience.


  • 3-4 p.m. lecture and Q&A in the Robinson Auditorium
  • 4-5 p.m. book signing and reception in the Benham Room

About the Author

Tom Mayes is Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  He is the author of many articles relating to, and has lectured widely on, preservation easements, shipwreck protection, historic house museums, accessibility, preservation public policy, and the future of historic preservation. For many years, he taught historic preservation law at the University of Maryland.

About the Book

This book will be appealing to anyone who has ever loved an old place. But more importantly, it will be a useful resource to articulate why old places are meaningful to people and their communities. This book will help people understand that the feeling many have for old places is supported by a wide variety of fields, and that the continued existence of these old places is good. It will give people the words and phrases to understand and express why old places matter.

For more information on how Handley Regional Library System serves the surrounding communities, visit the library website at www.handleyregional.org or call Barbara Dickinson at 540.662.9041, extension 31.


October 4, 2019
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