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Deadline for Registration (at the $40 rate): May 20, 2016

Register online by May 20 at www.mainstreetenid.org/preservation. Payment for online registration can be made only with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express). For questions about online registration, contact Kelly Tompkins at 580/234-1052 or Kelly@mainstreetenid.org. Request a registration brochure by contacting 405/521-6249 or mheisch@okhistory.org or view it below.

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Preservation is Golden: Oklahoma's 28th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference will be held June 1-3 in Enid. The conference is one of the ways Oklahoma's preservation partners are joining Preservation50, the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Conference sessions will highlight the many accomplishments in the preservation of the Nation's and Oklahoma's heritage that are direct results of the NHPA. Also, we will look ahead to the challenges and opportunities for historic preservation in the coming decades. Two plenary speakers will share their national perspectives on these topics.

Erik M. Hein is Executive Director of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO), the national membership organization representing "SHPOs" before elected officials, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and the public. He will present "The NHPA at 50: Click Here to Save" in the plenary session on Wednesday afternoon, June 1.

Before taking his position with NCSHPO, Erik was the President of and Registered Lobbyist for Preservation Action, the national nonprofit grassroots lobbying organization focused on federal historic preservation policy. Prior to his work in federal preservation advocacy, he worked as a city historic preservation officer, the assistant executive director of a local nonprofit, and a program director at a statewide preservation organization. He has also served and continues to serve on numerous nonprofit boards including the US National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ex-officio), the Preservation Action Foundation, and the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. In addition to studying 19th century art and architecture at the Victoria University of Manchester, UK, Erik holds a bachelor's degree from Penn State University and a Masters in American Studies/Historic Preservation from the George Washington University. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he now lives in Petworth, District of Columbia.

The second plenary speaker is Norma Ramirez de Miess. She is Senior Program Officer and Director of Leadership Development for the National Main Street Center, located in Chicago. She will close the conference on Friday afternoon, June 3, with her presentation, "The Changing Face of Preservation and Main Street," which explores the impacts of increasingly changing demographics on local economies and community revitalization efforts nationwide.

Norma has found a unique niche in community-driven revitalization. Her direct experience in local Main Street leadership and her ongoing work with hundreds of communities across the country provide a depth of knowledge that helps communities come together to build consensus, define strategies, and implement successful revitalization programs. Through her entrepreneurial upbringing, Norma understands the needs and challenges of small business development. Her civil engineering education makes a strong connection with planning and implementation of physical improvements, and her experience in heritage tourism offers insights on the promotion of communities' unique characteristics. Norma's multicultural background and bilingual skills are solid assets in understanding increasingly changing demographics and helping communities implement strategies that build more inclusive organizations and capitalize on the value of diversity for local economies.

Full conference program and registration information will be available in late April. Follow conference developments here and http://www.okpreservationconference.wordpress.com. If you may have questions, contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO (405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org) or Kelly Tompkins, Director, Main Street Enid, Inc. (580/234-1052 or Kelly@mainstreetenid.org).