The Road to Preservation with Katie Totman

This week I interview Historic Preservation Specialist Katie Totman. Katie works for the Office of Historic Preservation in the city of San Antonio. For Katie, the road to preservation took several twists. Eventually, over the course of several jobs and internships, Katie discovered her love of hands-on preservation and her passion for teaching others.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. She also obtained a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas at San Antonio. As in intern at the Lyndhurst Mansion she helped restore a 19th century bowling alley.

Katie is also on the New Braunfels Historic Landmarks Commission and is the co-director of the Texas chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology. In her spare time, she is restoring her own small historic home in New Braunfels including repairing all the original wooden windows.

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