Conferences & Training


Preserving the Historic Road Conference

Location: Washington, DC
Date: September 9-12 , 2010

Preserving the Historic Road is the leading conference dedicated to the identification, preservation and management of historic roads. The seventh biennial conference in Washington, DC will focus on the latest strategies for highway safety and engineering, innovative preservaton tools, and historic road policy. Whether an engineer, advocate, design, transportation or preservation professional, you will find engaging education sessions, keynotes and field workshops. From the nation’s capital you can experience national monuments and parkways; the country’s first federally funded highway, the National Road; and the Skyline Drive in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

National Preservation Conference

Sponsor: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Location: Austin, Texas
Date: October 27-30, 2010

The National Preservation Conference has always been a great opportunity to get inspired, share ideas, and learn from practitioners who are setting new standards for the preservation field. This year in Austin, it will be even better, thanks to the ideas and feedback we???ve received this past year. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has made some significant changes to the conference format and content in Austin in order to provide an invigorating, challenging, and one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Center for Preservation Leadership

Sponsor: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Location: Various
Date: Various

The mission of the Center for Preservation Leadership is to strengthen and support a network of committed and informed preservation leaders by providing the tools and resources needed to carry out preservation activities in their own communities. One way the Center accomplishes this mission is by providing a number of leadership training programs designed to increase the capacity of organizations and agencies working in the field of historic preservation. These programs include Preservation Leadership Training (PLT), three Preservation Leadership Training/ Advanced (PLT/A) programs, the Better Boards series, and Community & Countryside.

National Main Streets Conference

Sponsor: National Trust Main Street Center
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date: May 2-5, 2010

The National Main Streets Conference is the only commercial district revitalization educational and networking event that blends economic development, community revitalization, and historic preservation. Originally called National Town Meeting, this conference was developed to support the ever-growing Main Street Network of Main Street board members, volunteers, and executive directors and today supports planners, architects, public officials, BID/MID staff, and others working in the revitalization field. The Conference offers tutorials on the Main Street Four-Point Approach???, a proven strategy for comprehensive commercial district revitalization; as well as related topics including und raising, organizational development, marketing, business assistance, planning, volunteer recruitment, visioning, advocacy, as well as different topics that focus on the theme that changes every year. The 2010 conference theme is???The Power of Mainstreet???.

National Scenic Byways Conference

Sponsor: America’s Byways Resource Center
Location: TBA
Date: TBA

Share ideas with hundreds of byway supporters and professionals during four days of exciting networking and learning opportunities. Explore the latest strategies and best practices in:

  • Fundraising
  • Organizational Development
  • Corridor Management
  • Visitor Experience
  • Marketing

Trek nearby byways and gain insights from on-the-road experiences, too.

Seminars in Historic Preservation

Sponsor: National Preservation Institute
Location: Various
Date: Various

National Preservation Institute (NPI) offers a series of training seminars for the management, development, and preservation of historic, cultural, and environmental resources related to historic preservation and cultural resource management. Seminar descriptions and agendas can be found at NPI offers customized and on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Founded in 1980 as a nonprofit organization, serves a broad spectrum of professionals from both the government and private sectors by providing preservation information, knowledge, and skills to train and guide the stewards of this nation’s historic and cultural places.

Arizona Statewide Historic Preservation Partnership Conference

Sponsors: Arizona Preservation Foundation, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Date: May 13-14, 2010

The Arizona Preservation Foundation, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona Department of Commerce???s Main Street Program, and the City of Flagstaff invite you to join them at the 8th Annual Historic Preservation Partnership Conference. This year???s conference, ???Preservation at a Higher Elevation,??? is being held in Flagstaff, May 13th-14th, 2010. The goal of the Conference is to bring together preservationists from around the state to exchange ideas and success stories, to share perspectives and solutions to preservation issues and to foster cooperation between the diverse Arizona preservation communities.

California Preservation Conference

Sponsor: California Preservation Foundation
Location: Grass Valley, California
Date: May 12-15, 2010

The California Preservation Foundation, founded in 1976, is California’s only statewide non-profit historic preservation education, advocacy and membership organization. It is the mission of the California Preservation Foundation to ensure that California’s rich and diverse historic resources are identified, protected and celebrated for their history and their valuable role in California’s economy, environment and quality of life. The Foundation sponsors the annual California Preservation Conference, which will be held in Grass Valley. The 2010 conference theme is “The Sierra Nevada, Preserving a Sense of Place.”

Illinois Annual Statewide Preservation Conference

Sponsor: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Landmarks Illinois
Location: TBA
Date: TBA

More information regarding the 2010 conference will soon be available at the Landmarks Illinois website.

Kansas State Historic Preservation Conference

Sponsor: Kansas State Historical Society
Location: Newton, Kansas
Date: June 2-5, 2010

Join preservation experts, historic property owners and community leaders at the 2010 Kansas Preservation Conference in Newton. The conference will be held in a variety of historic venues such as Bethel College and the Carriage Factory Gallery. Programs are focused on grass-root and community based preservation. Below is a preliminary schedule. The theme of the 2010 conference is “Preservation at the Crossroads of America”.

Missouri Annual Preservation Conference

Sponsor: Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation
Location: TBA
Date: TBA

More information regarding the 2010 conference will soon be available at the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation website.

New Mexico Annual Statewide Preservation Conference

Sponsors: New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date: March 31-April 3, 2010

The New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance is a statewide, private non-profit organization that promotes, protects, and advocates for New Mexico’s heritage. Each year it sponsors the annual New Mexico Statewide Preservation Conference. The 2010 conference theme is “The Value of Preservation: Sustaining Evidence of Cultural Inclusivity”.

Oklahoma Historic Preservation Conference

Sponsor: Preservation Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Historical Society
Location: Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Date: June 9-11, 2010

Each year Preservation Oklahoma teams with the Oklahoma State Historical Society to host a conference for professionals and volunteers interested in historic preservation. The 2010 conference theme is “Getting Out Front in Preservation”.

Texas Historic Preservation Conference

Sponsor: Texas Historical Commission, Preservation Texas
Location: Houston, Texas
Date: April 22-24, 2010

Sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission in association with Preservation Texas, this year???s conference features concurrent sessions focusing on the themes of Resource Fundamentals, Resource Development, Preservation Advocacy and Public Engagement. Workshops provide professionals and county historical commission
members with opportunities for technical instruction. Pre-conference tours facilitated by local preservation partners give a more personal look
at Houston???s Art Deco and mid-century architecture. Post-conference,
you can enjoy the annual San Jacinto battle reenactment or take a tour of Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research.