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Preservation in Progress: Oklahoma's 30th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference
June 6–8, 2018
Tulsa, OK

Online Registration Now Available!

Online registration for the 30th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference is now available at http://tulsaarchitecture.org/programs/2018PreservationConference/.




Meet the Speakers for the 2018 Preservation Conference

Preservation in Progress: Oklahoma’s 30th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference (Tulsa, June 6–8, 2018) features plenary sessions, workshops, concurrent tracks of sessions, and special events. Visit Conference Speakers for more information about speakers at this year’s conference.




Plenary Speakers for the 2018 Preservation Conference

Preservation in Progress: Oklahoma’s 30th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference (Tulsa, June 6–8, 2018) features plenary sessions, workshops, concurrent tracks of sessions, and special events. These special guest speakers will provide presentations during the plenary sessions.

PLENARY SESSION #1 - Wednesday, June 6, features Tim Tielman presenting the “Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture.” Some consider Tielman a champion of preserving the city’s urban fabric; others consider him a roadblock. As the executive director of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture and principal of The Neighborhood Workshop, Tielman has been involved in every preservation issue in the city of Buffalo for the past 25 years, usually as an advocate and sometimes as a plaintiff. Tielman will be discussing the issues surrounding preservation in Buffalo and how even the smallest towns in Oklahoma can benefit from these same approaches.

PLENARY SESSION #2 - Friday, June 8, features Dan Carmody, head of Eastern Market. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Main Street Center, is sponsoring Dan’s participation in the conference. Dan Carmody started his career as a bar owner in Rock Island, Illinois, during the 1970s when Rock Island was a true Rust Belt. The business ran into trouble, but Carmody used the experience to help other small businesses. Carmody used his experiences to take over Detroit’s giant Eastern Market, a 126-year-old market that operates as a freestanding non-profit organization with revenues of more than $6 million. As other cities’ food-production districts have shrunk, Dan has focused on expanding the market, which serves 2 million people a year, to draw food businesses and entrepreneurs to the city. Carmody will discuss how his expertise helped to expand the hold of the Eastern Market on Detroit and how these same business principles can work for towns in Oklahoma.

Follow conference developments here or contact Lynda Ozan, Deputy SHPO, at 405-522-4484 or lozan@okhistory.org.




Preservation in Progress: Oklahoma’s 30th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference

Preservation in Progress: Oklahoma’s 30th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference will be held June 6–8, 2018, in Tulsa. Join historic preservation leaders and advocates to discuss the future of historic preservation statewide and to keep current on the fundamentals for identifying and protecting the heritage of all Oklahomans. The program features plenary sessions, workshops, concurrent sessions, and special events. A few highlights are listed below.

June 6 kicks off with Plenary Session #1 where attendees will hear how Tim Tielman, preservation advocate, has worked to save some of the most important historic resources in Buffalo, New York, how the same issues face communities in Oklahoma, and how Oklahomans can use some of the same methodology to save important buildings in their communities.

Day 2 will feature a half-day mobile workshop titled "A Field Study of Dwelling in the IDL." This workshop will highlight specific historic downtown buildings that have been rehabilitated for use as residential property. Also, on day two, training from the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions titled “CAMP: Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program” will be held. This full-day program is intended for those attendees that represent historic preservation commissions throughout Oklahoma.

The conference ends on June 8th with a discussion from Dan Carmody on the 100+-year-old Eastern Market and how he helped to turn around the property in Detroit, making it a destination in the city. Special events include the opening reception; many tour options; Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.’s annual meeting and luncheon; and the State Historic Preservation Office’s annual awards banquet.