The new president of the San Antonio Conservation Society, Sue Ann Pemberton, has a message for the people of San Antonio. “Our whole goal is to preserve what is really precious about our built environment as well as our natural environment," said Pemberton.

As the 47th president of the San Antonio Conservation Society, she believes the group can retain the city’s historical character. She definitely doesn't want the group to be perceived as "against any growth, against any development, is against anything new, that's not the case."

Pemberton is a senior lecturer of historic preservation and architecture at UTSA in San Antonio. One of her goals is to get more young people involved.

"Because I teach and I'm involved with a lot of younger people, I have a rapport, or an opportunity to talk to them and understand what their ideas are."

One of the projects Pemberton is currently working on is Hemisfair Park downtown. She's hoping it will be a place for people to live, work and play.

"There are these great buildings, there's a great opportunity for redevelopment in those areas."

The Conservation Society has also faithfully contributed to the S.T.A.R. Project - Students Together Achieving Revitalization. The group preserves homes once up for demolition.

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It's free to sign up to be a volunteer or you can be an associate member for a full year at just $25.

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