In this episode, I talk to Roger Roper from the Historic Preservation Program for the State of Utah. Preservation of buildings on rural main streets is something that keeps coming up on the podcast, including this month with the focus on Morgan, UT. Roger and I talk about his role with the Historic Preservation Office, how he got the position, and his decades long preservation work in Utah and elsewhere. We talk about the work happening now in Utah related to main street preservation and his thoughts on the opportunities and challenges associated with historic rural preservation. We end, as always, with the Road Trip Music Question.
For those interested in contacting Roger and learning about Utah’s renewed focus on rural main streets, you can find out more at https://history.utah.gov/shpo/preservation/