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Save the dates, June 7-9, 2017, for Preservation Future Tense: Oklahoma's 29th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. Join your colleagues 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 tracks of sessions, and special events.

The first plenary session features Carol Shull, Keeper of the National Register (retired), who will talk about the impacts of the National Historic Preservation Act on heritage preservation and community revitalization nationwide and Mick Cornett, Mayor, City of Oklahoma City and President, U.S. Conference of Mayors (invited), who will discuss the role of historic preservation in Oklahoma City's renaissance. The second plenary session highlights the environmental benefits of historic preservation, and the speaker will be James Lindberg, Director, Preservation Green Lab, National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Half-day workshops take place on Thursday and Friday mornings. Workshop #1: Architectural/Historic Resources Survey: A Mobile Workshop, presented by State Historic Preservation Office staff, teaches participants basic survey techniques including the use of the SHPO's standard survey form and tips for photographic documentation. Workshop #2: Historic Preservation Commissions: Authority, Ethics, Designation, and Design Review will be conducted by James K. Reap, Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Master of Historic Preservation Program, University of Georgia.

The concurrent tracks of sessions feature dozens of Oklahoma preservationists and special guest speakers, and include: TRACK A: Beyond Preservation50, focusing on the challenges and opportunities for historic preservation in the decades ahead; TRACK B: Trending in Preservation, highlighting new technology, techniques, and programs that improve the preservation of our heritage; and TRACK C: Preservation Fundamentals, featuring the National Register of Historic Places, the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, and more.

Special events include the opening reception; many tour options (such as a hard-hat tour of the Oklahoma State Capitol rehabilitation project); Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.'s annual meeting and luncheon; and the State Historic Preservation Office's annual awards banquet.

Conference cosponsors include Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office; Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Main Street Center; Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.; American Institute of Architects, Central Oklahoma Chapter; City of Oklahoma City; Civic Center Music Hall; Downtown OKC, Inc.; Okie Mod Squad; Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture; Stockyards City Main Street; and Urban Land Institute.

Full conference program and registration information will be available in late April. Follow conference developments at http://www.facebook.com/okshpo; http://www.twitter.com/okshpo; and http://www.okpreservationconference.wordpress.com.

If you may have questions, contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO (405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org) or David Pettyjohn, Executive Director, Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (405/525-5325 or david@preservationok.org).


The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for Oklahoma college and university students to attend Preservation Future Tense: Oklahoma's 29th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. It will be held June 7-9, 2017, in downtown Oklahoma City (full registration and program details available in late April).

A qualified applicant is someone enrolling as a full-time student (undergraduate or graduate) for the Summer and/or Fall 2017 semester(s) in any Oklahoma college or university and who is pursuing a degree in history, architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, art history, anthropology, archeology, interior design, planning, geography, law or other field closely related to historic preservation. Applications must be received by the deadline indicated below to be considered.

Twenty (20) scholarships are available on a first-come basis to those who qualify. The scholarship covers the conference registration fee, and the application deadline is 5:00pm, Friday, May 5. For details and an application form contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO, at 405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org, or click below.

Scholarship Application