Conferences and Training

Preserving the Historic Road Conference

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
September 20-23 , 2012

Preserving the Historic Road is the leading conference dedicated to the identification, preservation and management of historic roads. The eighth biennial conference will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Long known as the Crossroads State, Indiana has notable historic roads and scenic byway corridors including the Historic National Road, the Ohio River Scenic Byway, Indiana Historic Pathways, the Lincoln Highway, the Whitewater Canal, the Dixie Highway and the Michigan Road. Founded in 1821, Indianapolis was designed by Alexander Ralston, an apprentice of Pierre Charles L’Enfant. Nicknamed the Circle City, Indianapolis is centered on historic Monument Circle. In the 1900s, as a part of the City Beautiful movement, the noted landscape architect George Kessler created a plan for parklands and boulevards throughout the City. Today, after forty years of progressive planning, you are invited to experience the historic sites, canal, public spaces and museums of downtown Indianapolis-one of the most dynamic and walkable cities in the United States.

National Preservation Conference

Sponsor: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
October 29- November 2, 2013

The National Preservation Conference is an excellent opportunity to get inspired, share ideas, and learn from practitioners aroung the country who are setting new standards for the preservation field. This year’s conference theme is “Preservation at the Crossroads”. For more information, visit the conference website.

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 Main Street Center
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Date: April 14-16, 2013

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.

Seminars in Historic Preservation (including Historic Roads)

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 This year, NPI will offer “Preservation Planning and Policy Development for Historic Roads” to be held in three separate locations. The seminar will explore current tools and techniques for the identification, preservation, and management of historic roads. Learn how to apply transportation policies to historic roads, balance safety and function with historic preservation objectives, and build awareness and new constituencies for the legacy of highway design in the United States.

Arizona Statewide Historic Preservation Partnership Conference

Sponsors: Arizona Preservation Foundation, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Date: June 12-14, 2013

The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, the Arizona Preservation Foundation, and the City of Mesa invite you to join them at the 11th Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference. This year’s conference, “Making Preservation Relevant: The Past in Future Tense” is being held in Mesa, June 12th – June 14th, 2013. 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: Anaheim, California
Date: May 1-3, 2013

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 Anaheim. The 2011 conference theme is “The True California Adventure: Preservation’s Wild Ride”.

Illinois Annual Statewide Preservation Conference

Sponsor: Illinois Association of Historic Preservation Commissions, Landmarks Illinois
Location: TBD

Kansas State Historic Preservation Conference

Sponsor: Kansas State Historical Society
Location: TBD

Join preservation experts, historic property owners and community leaders at the Kansas Preservation Conference. Programs will be focused on grass-root and community based preservation.


Missouri Annual Preservation Conference

Sponsor: Missouri Preservation
Location: Boonville, Missouri
September 18-20, 2013

More information regarding the annual 2013 statewide preservation conference is available at the Missouri Preservation website.

New Mexico Annual Statewide Preservation Conference

Sponsors: New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance
Location: Portales, New Mexico
Date: April 11-13, 2013

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 2013 conference theme is “12,000 Years of New Mexico Heritage”.

Oklahoma Historic Preservation Conference

Sponsor: Preservation Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Historical Society
Location: Perry, Oklahoma
Date: June 5-7, 2013

Each year Preservation Oklahoma teams with the Oklahoma State Historical Society to host a conference for professionals and volunteers interested in historic preservation. This year’s conference theme is “Our Sense of Place: Oklahoma’s 25th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference”. The three concurrent tracks of sessions will focus on the buildings, structures, sites, districts, objects, and landscapes that provide a sense of orientation; a sense of place to Oklahomans. A session on the Route 66 Economic Impact Study is planned.

Texas Historic Preservation Conference

Sponsor: Texas Historical Commission, Preservation Texas
Location: TBD
Date: TBD