pres·er·va·tion·ist | \ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-sh(ə-)nist \

Definition of preservationist 

: one who advocates preservation (as of a biological species or a historical landmark)

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In the weeks leading up to the church’s demolition, preservationists and residents had pleaded with city officials to step in to save the church. Caitlin Mccabe,, "Developer Ori Feibush begins demolition of Christian Street Baptist," 9 July 2018 And what Richards did to it might give a preservationist a heart attack. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Exclusive: Missing dune buggy from Steve McQueen's 'The Thomas Crown Affair' reappears as it undergoes restoration," 22 June 2018 During the two years that followed, preservationists and history buffs lobbied the county to find a way to save the depot — especially the clock tower, which had come to define that part of downtown since it was built in 1889. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's lakefront train depot comes tumbling down — with a bang, but barely a whimper," 1 May 2018 But preservationists insist it merits equal consideration. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "Famed for protecting historic buildings, this city wants to bulldoze one. For parking.," 29 June 2018 The reveal of the new stadium plans in April touched off an emotional response that appeared to divide track and field into preservationists -- especially of the historic, wooden East Grandstands -- and those who, like Francis, wanted something new. Andrew Greif,, "Final Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field called 'bittersweet'," 25 May 2018 Thanks to his discovery, preservationists have now salvaged more than 600 coins and pieces of silver jewelry dating back to the 10th century. Isabella Gomez And Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Scientists found the treasure of a 10th century Danish King thanks to the help of a 13-year-old boy," 16 Apr. 2018 That triggered a movement by state preservationists, the city's historic preservation commission and even elementary school kids to save the hotel. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "Are officials erasing history or sparking rebirth in Old Town Peoria?," 18 May 2018 The decision was met with opposition from preservationists, baseball fans and the black community. Ryan Gillespie,, "Tinker Field History Plaza memorializes civil rights and baseball in Orlando," 2 May 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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: someone who works to preserve something (such as a building or an area of land)

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