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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.




May Workshop Series

The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office, is pleased to announce its May Workshop series. The sessions will be held May 9-11, 2018, in the Oklahoma History Center Musser Learning Lab, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive (immediately northeast of the State Capitol), Oklahoma City. The workshops are free and open to the public, but we ask that you register by 5:00pm, Wednesday, May 3. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come basis. To register, contact Jesse Matthews at 405/521-6249 or jmatthews@okhistory.org. You may also register online at www.okhistory.org/shpo/workshops.php.

Design professionals who attend the workshops will qualify for HSW hours needed to fulfill requirements of the State of Oklahoma's Board of Governors of Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to participants after the workshops. Self-report your attendance to the board.

If you have questions about the content of the workshops, contact Lynda Ozan, Deputy SHPO, at 405-522-4484 or lozan@okhistory.org.

Workshop Schedule and Descriptions:

May 9 (10:30am-12:00noon) – Certified Local Governments Program: The SHPO and Municipalities Preserving Community Heritage (presented by Lynda Ozan, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer)

The National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, provides for partnerships to identify, evaluate, and protect historic properties in communities of all sizes. A local government joins the federal-state partnership when it achieves Certified Local Government (CLG) status. CLGs play a direct role in the nomination of properties to the National Register of Historic Places, receive subgrants from the SHPO's annual Historic Preservation Fund allocation from the National Park Service, and may assume other SHPO duties. The workshop topics include eligibility for CLG status, minimum requirements for local historic preservation ordinances, and benefits to the local historic preservation program.

May 9 (1:30pm-4:30pm) – Introduction to Section 106 and Determinations of Eligibility for the National Register (presented by Lynda Ozan, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and Cate Wood, Historical Archeologist/Section 106 Program Coordinator)

The workshop provides the basics about the review process in Oklahoma under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Topics include who are the participants in the process and what are their roles, identification and evaluation of historic properties, determination of effects on historic properties, and resolution of adverse effects. Step-by-step instructions will be provided for requesting the State Historic Preservation Office's comments on federal undertakings and for completing the Historic Preservation Resource Identification Form for standing structures.

May 10 (10:30am-4:30pm) - Working with the National Register of Historic Places (presented by Lynda Ozan, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer)

The National Register of Historic Places is the foundation of the SHPO's programs, and a basic understanding of the register is essential for those involved in historic preservation at all levels of government and in the private sector. The workshop provides detailed information about the National Register criteria, what listing means, the rights of property owners in the nomination process, tips for preparing successful nominations, and much more.

May 11 (10:30am-12:00noon) - Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings (presented by Jennifer Bailey, Tax Program Coordinator/Historic Preservation Specialist)

Participants will learn about the federal and state investment tax credits for certified rehabilitation of a certified historic structure. A detailed discussion of the Historic Preservation Certification Application, Parts 1, 2, and 3, will guide owners and developers in successfully preparing the information needed for the State Historic Preservation Office to review the project and for the National Park Service to certify it. The session is designed as a stand-alone workshop or as a companion to the Secretary's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.

May 11 (1:30pm-4:30pm) – The Secretary's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings (presented by Jennifer Bailey, Tax Program Coordinator/Historic Preservation Specialist)

The workshop features a discussion of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation. Generally known as The Standards, these commonsense principles are widely used in the historic preservation field. Whether pursuing the 20% federal and 20% state tax credits for a certified rehabilitation, planning a rehabilitation project funded with federal assistance, serving on a local historic preservation commission, or rehabilitating your historic private home, you will find the session beneficial. It is designed as a stand-alone workshop and as a companion to Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.




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 road block. 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 entrepeneurs 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 conferece 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 6th 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 discuss 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.