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Kansas Preservation Conference

The Kansas Preservation Alliance is pleased to announce that the 2014 Kansas Preservation Conference will be in Emporia on September 11 - 12, 2014.  Registration is now open online!





Thursday, September 11th

Registration and Check-in - Thursday, 11:30 am - 4 pm
Granada Theater - The Conference registration desk will be open in the front lobby of the theater.  All attendees should check in here before heading to afternoon activities.

Rendezvous & Lunch - Thursday, 12 noon - 1 pm
Meet friends, old and new, at the Granada Theater and then explore downtown Emporia to find lunch on your own.  Find restaurants with the E-town app or online.

CLG Training - Thursday, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Granada Theater - First annual meeting of Certified Local Government (CLG) staff and local preservation commissioners from across the state. Meet your colleagues and bring your questions, ideas, and issues. Kansas SHPO staff will present annual training topics and will facilitate a discussion on the changing preservation environment in Kansas.

Tours – Thursday, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Start at the Granada Theater -
Groups of 10-15 will gather at the theater to then be led by guides to the various tour venues.  All tours are within a 15-minute walk of the Granada Theater, and attendees can individually chose to walk or drive to the tour sites. 

William Allen White Home (Red Rocks) – See, tour, and learn about the life and home of renowned American newspaper editor, politician, author, and leader of the Progressive movement William Allen White.  This State Historic Site will be hosted by staff of the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office and volunteers.

Downtown Emporia – See and tour buildings that have been preserved, restored, or rehabilitated in the downtown area of Emporia, KS.  Learn from residents of the community about successful historic preservation projects, and how the use of Historic Preservation Tax Credits can build public support for local preservation efforts.

Historic Breckenridge Hotel & Convention Center – See, tour, and learn about the rehabilitation of this historic school formerly known as Emporia High School, built in 1914. When completed in the 2015, the building will have 86 hotel rooms, a large ballroom with seating capacity of 400, an auditorium with stage with seating capacity of 400, breakout rooms and other amenities.  Tour led by one of the project owners.

Reception Gathering - Thursday, 6 pm - 6:30 pm
Emporia State University Memorial Union Ballroom - Meet and greet your preservation colleagues over a refreshing beverage and light hors-d'oeuvres.

Reception Dinner - Thursday, 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Emporia State University Memorial Union Ballroom

Keynote Address - 7 pm - 8 pm
Emporia State University Memorial Union Ballroom
A Millennial's Perspective on Preservation - Daniel Ronan is a recent transplant from Portland, Oregon to Chicago. With a degree in transportation and land use planning, Daniel came to the field of preservation through his work at a Latino CDC and in his current role as Site Projects and Public Engagement Coordinator at the National Public Housing Museum. He also works to raise the profile of preservation as a freelancer for the Preservation Nation blog and as an organizer of a group of urban policy and planning professionals in Chicago.

Post-Reception Gathering - 8 pm until you are done
Mulready's Pub at 717 Commercial Street Relax, kick back, and interact with other preservationists!


Friday, September 12th

Registration and Check-in - Friday, 7:45 am - 10:30 am 
Granada Theater - The Conference registration desk will be open in the front lobby of the theater.  All attendees should check in here if they did not already check-in on Thursday.

Preservation Updates - Friday 8:15 am- 9:15 am
Granada Theater

·         Kansas Preservation Alliance:  Todd Renyer, President

·         State Historic Preservation Office:  Patrick Zollner, Deputy SHPO

·         Legislative and Program Updates:
          Main Street:  Casey Woods, President of Kansas Main Street, Inc.
          Preservation Tax Credits:  Terry Humphrey, Public Affairs Group.

Sessions – Friday, 9:15 am - 4:30 pm

9:15 am - 10:15 am
It Can Happen Here: Planning for the Future, Good & Bad
The Community Initiated Development (CID) plan talks about future uses, infrastructure needs, area anchors, economic incentives and a variety of other topics that allow cities to move beyond a “building by building” approach and create momentum for entire areas. The CID concept grew out of historic preservation agencies on the east and west coast, but is just now making it to the Midwest. Steve Bowling of Bowling Design Group and Bruce Boettcher of BG Consultants.

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Economic Development on Main Street
The economics of preservation and Main Street development, in Emporia and elsewhere. Casey Woods, Main Street Coordinator, Emporia, KS.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Luncheon at the Emporia Arts Council
Lunch for all conference attendees and recognition of KPA Silver Level Sponsors.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
How to Save Historic Treasures When Faced with a Disaster
Daniel Wallach was instrumental in rebuilding Greensburg, Kansas after the devastating tornado of 2007. He is co-founder of the non-profit group “Greensburg GreenTown” and his experience dealing with natural disaster brings a unique perspective to historic preservation.

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Designing on a Budget
Examples of projects that can maintain the architectural integrity of a building without breaking the bank. Ben Moore, a Manhattan based architect, specializes on projects in smaller towns and with entrepreneurs working on a budget. As a former Design Assistance team member for Kansas Main Street, Ben has worked in a variety of Kansas towns.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Lost Kansas Communities
M.J. Morgan, historian and research director at the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University, explores research conducted on the nearly 9,000 disappeared Kansas towns and communities, focusing on problems of recovery of information.

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Wrap-up Presentation
Daniel Ronan - A quick overview of conference highlights, drawing insights and connections between the various topics covered.

Lodging - Ask for special discounted conference rates at these locations.

Candlewood Suites Emporia
2602 Candlewood Dr, Emporia, KS 66801

(620) 343-7756

Comfort Inn
2836 W 18th Ave, Emporia, KS 66801

(620) 342-9700

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Emporia
3007 W 18th Ave, Emporia, KS 66801

(620) 343-1111



Check here for information on other upcoming preservation workshops and seminars.

This event has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, a division of the United States Department of the Interior, and administered by the Kansas State Historical Society. The contents and opinions expressed by event staff and presenters, however, do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the United States Department of the Interior or the Kansas State Historical Society. Regulations of the U. S. Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental Federally Assisted Programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility operated by a recipient of Federal assistance should write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240.