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Home arrowNews arrowAugust 20, 2012

Presenters and Attendees Wanted for National Preservation Conference, Spokane, Washington

An affiliate session for Preserve America Communities as well as other historic communities and their partners will be held in Spokane, Washington on October 31, 2012 at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Annual National Preservation Conference. The conference theme this year is “Beyond Boundaries,” and the emphasis is on preservation’s role in cities, towns, and rural communities.

The special forum that will be held prior to the opening of the main conference is focused on “Historic Communities and Tourism Economics.” All interested community representatives and others attending the conference in Spokane are invited; while registration for the main conference is encouraged, it is not required to attend this session. The session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.., with the exact location to be announced. Confirmed speakers to date include Donovan Rypkema of Place Economics, Ron Anzalone of the ACHP, and community presenters from Monterey, California, Great Falls, Montana, and Whitehall, Montana. We would be happy to receive additional speaker proposals if you are interested in speaking about your community’s or region’s preservation and heritage tourism accomplishments, and how you are measuring the economic success of your efforts.

We would love to see community representatives from Preserve America Communities, Certified Local Governments, and Main Street Communities, including gateway communities to National Parks and other significant public resources, as well as communities named by the National Trust to the annual Dozen Distinctive Destinations list. The forum will also welcome others working with these communities, including state and tribal preservation officials, statewide and regional heritage organizations, convention and visitor bureaus, and tourism offices.

For a full description of the session, click here. If you are interested in making a brief presentation, or if you want to sign up to attend, please contact Judy Rodenstein (; 202-606-8584) or Ron Anzalone (; 202-606-8523) at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

We plan to see many of you in Spokane!

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