MEET THE SPEAKERS

PRESERVATION IS GOLDEN:

Oklahoma’s 28th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference

 

June 1-3, 2016

Enid, Oklahoma

 

The full program and registration information for Preservation is Golden: Oklahoma’s 28th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference was mailed from Enid on april 25th and is available at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/conference.htm. Online registration is open at http://www.mainstreetenid.org/preservation through May 20. The program features dozens of speakers from Oklahoma and across the nation. To help you get to know them, we present the following biographical sketches.

 

Our special guest speakers include:

 

Ken Culp, III, Ph.D.

Principal Volunteerism Specialist

Dept. of 4-H Youth Development

Adjunct Associate Professor

Dept. of Family Sciences

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

(will present three workshops on organizational and leadership development)

Ken holds a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Sciences and a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Administration, all from Purdue University. He has 27 years of experience in volunteer and nonprofit administration, volunteer development and service activities and leadership development. His research interests include generational and gender differences; volunteer recruitment, motivation, recognition and retention; trends in volunteerism; volunteer competencies; volunteer program effectiveness; and leadership development. He also works as a private consultant and trainer in volunteerism for nonprofit organizations and is a keynote speaker. He has published extensively in professional journals, and he developed the University of Kentucky Volunteer Administration Academy (VAA). Just a few of Ken’s professional activities include four years as a Commissioner on the Kentucky Commission of Community Volunteerism and Service and four years as a member of the Ohio Governor’s Community Service & Volunteerism Council. Ken has spoken at previous Oklahoma statewide preservation conferences, and his informative and entertaining sessions were popular with participants.

 

Norma Ramirez de Miess

Senior Program Officer and

Director of Leadership Development

National Main Street Center

Chicago, Illinois

(will provide the Friday, June 3, plenary address, “The Changing Face of Preservation and Main Street”)

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 on heritage tourism offers insights to promoting 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. Norma’s natural ability to connect and motivate people makes her a favorite speaker at national and statewide conferences. Her commitment to leadership development is driven by a passion to support the impacting role of revitalization professionals and community volunteers, developing and delivering trainings that uncover passion, strategy, and result-driven leadership.

 

Valerie Hauser

Director

Office of Native American Affairs

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Washington, DC

(will present a session about the role of the ACHP in the national historic preservation program on June 2 and will discuss the agency’s tribal programs on June 3)

Valerie works on federal and international historic preservation issues and policies affecting indigenous peoples; provides technical expertise to federal agencies about tribal and Native Hawaiian consultation; and supports White House tribal initiatives. Before joining the ACHP in 1989, Valerie served as Director of Archeology at an environmental education center in New York City. She received her Master of Arts in Anthropology from New York University.

 

Erik M. Hein

Executive Director

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

Washington D.C.

(will provide the opening plenary address on Wednesday, June 1, entitled “The NHPA at 50: Click Here to Save”)

Erik is the Executive Director of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, which is the national membership organization representing “SHPOs” before elected officials, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the public. Before joining the NCSHPO staff, he 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.

 

Vance Kelley

Principal

Treanor Architects

Topeka, Kansas

(will participate in a team presentation about the Oklahoma State Capitol rehabilitation project on Wednesday, June 1)

Vance has dedicated his career to the preservation of historic buildings. For more than 30 years he has provided assessment, planning and design services for the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic and older buildings. Vance leads Treanor’s Historic Preservation Studio and works to ensure the longevity of functional and efficient buildings for future generations. Early in his career, Vance served as a preservation architect with the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office. There he performed federal Section 106 and state law project reviews of architectural proposals affecting properties listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, provided architectural technical assistance to property owners, and assisted owners with state and federal historic preservation tax incentives programs. In addition, he worked closely with those communities involved with the Main Street program. Throughout his career Vance has made a commitment to serve the preservation community through active participation in local, state, and national historic preservation organizations. He is currently the Chair of Advisors for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

Stephen J. Kelley

President

Stephen J. Kelley, Inc.

Oak Park, Illinois

(will participate in a team presentation about the Oklahoma State Capitol rehabilitation project on Wednesday, June 1)

Stephen is an architect and structural engineer who has devoted these two skills to the preservation of our built cultural heritage. With 35 years of experience, his projects range from small to immense, simple to sophisticated, and cover a wide range of building materials and systems. His award-winning projects are located throughout the United States, and he is presently engaged at both the Nebraska and Oklahoma State Capitols. He has also worked on significant projects in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean basin. He has developed and worked closely with state-of-the-art multidisciplinary teams that were designed to meet the demand of each project. He has published widely on various aspects of preservation and is Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program at Columbia University in New York. Stephen is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He has served on the Board of Directors of both the US Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) and the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) and has been elevated to Fellowship in both organizations. He is a UNESCO Tangible Heritage Expert and is Vice President of the International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH).

 

Thomas G. Keohan

Historical Architect

National Park Service

Heritage Partnerships Program

Lakewood, Colorado

(will share information about the stewardship programs of NPS)

Tom is Senior Staff Historical Architect with the National Park Service with 31 years’ experience providing technical expertise for the preservation, restoration, care and maintenance of nationally significant buildings, structures and landscapes. He serves as the Regional Historic American Buildings/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscape Survey architect. He is an expert in archaic building materials and historic construction processes and green building issues. Additionally, Tom is the author of several historic preservation related publications and has served on many preservation committees, boards and commissions over the past 35 years.

 

Susan Allen Kline

Independent Historic Preservation

Consultant

Fort Worth, Texas

(will join Cynthia Savage to discuss the legacy of diversity in Oklahoma’s historic preservation programs on Wednesday, June 1)

Susan received an MA in Applied History from Oklahoma State University. She previously was employed as the Architectural Historian/National Register Coordinator for the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office. She also worked as a contract historian for the National Historic Landmarks Survey in Washington, D.C. As a preservation consultant, Susan has prepared numerous National Register of Historic Places nominations, including the recent nominations for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Oklahoma Iron Works. Susan often collaborates with former Oklahoma SHPO colleague Cynthia Savage, such as co-authoring an article for the Chronicles of Oklahoma about the mid-century modern architectural firm of Caudill Rowlett Scott. They have also worked together on the forthcoming Chronicles article about cultural diversity in Oklahoma, the topic of their joint presentation for this year’s conference.

Elizabeth Rosin

Principal

Rosin Preservation

Kansas City, Missouri

(will participate in a team presentation about the Oklahoma State Capitol rehabilitation project on Wednesday, June 1, and talk about certified rehabilitation projects in Enid on Thursday, June 2)

With more than 25 years of experience in historic preservation and cultural resource management, Elizabeth, founder of Rosin Preservation, has worked in a broad range of the preservation field’s many facets. During the past 18 years, Elizabeth has consulted on dozens of historic tax credit projects, representing more than $500 million of construction activity. Elizabeth is drawn to projects that are out of the ordinary and that require creative thinking to achieve a successful resolution. In 2015, she stepped into her clients’ shoes, embarking on the adaptive reuse of a 1926 brass foundry/machine shop to house the Rosin Preservation offices. Elizabeth earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Geography from Northwestern University and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont. In 2015, the National Development Council certified her as a Historic Real Estate Development Finance Professional.

 

Brenda Spencer

Spencer Preservation

Wamego, Kansas

(will talk about the certified rehabilitation of Tulsa’s Sally Ann Apartments on Thursday, June 2)

Brenda has worked in the historic preservation profession for nearly 30 years, providing preservation planning, consulting, and design review services for cities, neighborhoods, downtowns, and buildings. In 1994, she founded her own firm where she specializes in comprehensive preservation consulting services. Brenda has assisted in more than 160 historic rehabilitation projects in Kansas and surrounding states, produced the nominations for over 75 buildings and districts listed on state and/or national registers, and worked with 20+ communities to enhance their historic business districts and neighborhoods. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Kansas State University. She maintains professional accreditation for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate from the U.S Green Business Council and has been involved in a number of historic rehabilitation projects that received LEED certification, two of which achieved LEED GOLD.

 

Oklahoma preservation leaders and professionals who will speak in Enid include:

 

Chris Bauer

Planning Administrator

City of Enid

Enid, Oklahoma

Chris provides staff support for the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Enid. He also prepares staff recommendations for the Mayor and Board of Commissioners. As the Planning Administrator since 2000 Chris has been involved in various projects throughout the department including the recent completion of Envision Enid Comprehensive Plan. Chris is also currently developing a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Vance Air Force Base and community stakeholders. Past projects include developing Enid’s first Historic Preservation Plan in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office. Other projects include a Downtown Renovation Plan, County planning and building inspections, Housing Inspection Program and Vance Air Force Base Housing Assistance Program. Prior to becoming the Planning Administrator, Chris was the Code Administrator in charge of the Building Code Department. He is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He is a licensed architect in Oklahoma and Texas working both in the private and public sectors. Chris is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, American Institute of Architects, and American Planning Association.

 

Nicholas Beale, Ph.D.

Archaeologist

ODOT Cultural Resources Program

Norman, Oklahoma

Nick has been an archaeologist for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Cultural Resource Program since 2012. He assists ODOT in compliance with the Section 106 process and conducts archaeological investigations on behalf of the Department. Nick also works with ODOT’s cultural resources consultants to ensure timely and effective delivery of transportation projects, while considering their effects on historic properties.

 

Leland C. Bement, Ph.D.

Research Archeologist

Oklahoma Archeological Survey

Norman, Oklahoma

Leland has been with the Survey for 24 years. His significant research projects include excavating the 10,500 year old Cooper bison kill site; the 10,800 year old Jake Bluff bison kill site, and the 9000 year old Ravenscroft bison kill site. Much of this work has been funded by Historic Preservation grants, the National Geographic Society, and the National Science Foundation as well as from private donations. Leland specializes in Paleoindian studies, animal bone identification, hunter-gatherer adaptations, rock art, stone tool technology, and paleo-environmental reconstructions. He has authored several books, book chapters, reports, and numerous articles about his research in Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 and, in addition to his position at the Survey, he is also an adjunct professor in the Anthropology Department at OU, the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at OSU, and is a research fellow at the Museum of Texas Tech University. This diversity ensures that his team will win in the Big Twelve!

 

Tucker Blythe

Superintendent

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Cheyenne, Oklahoma

Tucker, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, has served as superintendent of Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in Cheyenne, Oklahoma, since October 2013. Tucker has been with the National Park Service a total of 19 years. His previous assignments include the Oklahoma City National Memorial; Frederick Law Olmsted and John F. Kennedy National Historic Sites in Massachusetts; the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi; the Park Historic Architecture Division in the Washington Office of the NPS in D.C.; and Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, in Virginia. In addition to his National Park Service experience, Tucker spent time in the private sector as the co-owner and operator of a State Farm Insurance agency in Kansas, and he served as a part-time adjunct professor in the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University and in the Mass Communication Department at the University of Central Oklahoma. Tucker holds a B.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, and an M.A. in Communication from Wichita State University. He and his wife live in Elk City.

 

Robert L. Brooks, Ph.D.

State Archeologist (Retired)

Norman, Oklahoma

Bob obtained his B.A. from Wright State University in Ohio, his master’s from the University of Arkansas, and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He served as State Archaeologist and Director of the Oklahoma Archeological Survey at The University of Oklahoma and recently retired after 34 years of service. Research interests include the Southern Plains and Southeastern U.S., prehistoric agriculture, cultural landscapes, and preservation of cultural heritage.

Hans E. Butzer

Butzer Architects and Urbanism

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hans is an architect, educator, urban designer, developer, and investor who exercises his passion for crafting buildings and places for people through teaching and practice. Hans is the co-founder of Butzer Architects and Urbanism (BAU), together with his wife Torrey A. Butzer, Assoc. AIA. Collaborating since 1990, the Butzers lead a multi-disciplinary team that explores place-making through award-winning architecture and urban design. Also, Hans is Interim Dean of The University of Oklahoma’s College of Architecture where he has taught since 1999. He is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Mabrey Presidential Professor. He recently helped dedicate the new OU OKC Design Center located in Oklahoma City’s historic Film Row District. Hans is the recipient of the 2016 National American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. Hans is licensed in the State of Oklahoma and has a German architecture license from the state of North-Rhine/Westphalia. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with High Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Hans is a LEED Accredited Professional.

 

John Davis

Regional Director

Museums and Sites Division

Oklahoma Historical Society

Fort Towson Historic Site (42)

Fort Towson, Oklahoma

John began working for the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1992, the last 4 years as a Regional Director. He received a BA from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. John has been active in the area of archeological site management and conservation for over twenty years. During the excavation of the Steamboat Heroine he served as Co-principal Investigator, Logistical manager and as a member of the dive team.

 

Amanda Decort

Executive Director

Tulsa Foundation for Architecture

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Amanda is the Executive Director of Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, a nonprofit organization committed to enriching Tulsa through the art of architecture and the power of design. Prior to coming to TFA, Amanda spent ten years as the City of Tulsa’s historic preservation planner and Certified Local Governments Coordinator, where she facilitated successful nomination of numerous buildings and districts to the National Register of Historic Places, provided staff support to the Tulsa Preservation Commission, and brought popular programs like hands-on window restoration boot camp and realtors’ continuing education classes to Tulsa. Amanda serves on the board of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, and has participated in several CAMP programs, board development, and membership initiatives. Amanda earned a Master’s Degree in Community Planning with a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. She lives in a 1925 craftsman bungalow in the Riverview historic district.

 

Kathy Dickson

Director of Museums and Historic Sites

Oklahoma Historical Society

Oklahoma History Center

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Kathy has over thirty years of museum experience. Since 2003 she has served as the Director of Museums and Historic Sites for the Oklahoma Historical Society. In this position Kathy is responsible for the administration of twenty-eight museums, military sites, and historic homes across the state. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Central State University with a major in history and a minor in English and a master’s from The University of Oklahoma. Kathy has served as president of the Oklahoma Museums Association (OMA) and as president of the Mountain-Plains Museums Association. She is the 1995 recipient of OMA’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Museum Profession. She currently serves as Awards Chair for the Mountain-Plains Museums Association and serves on the board of the Association of Living History Farm and Agricultural Museums.

 

Rhonda Fair, Ph.D.

Director – Tribal Coordination

Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Rhonda was appointed to the position of Director of Tribal Coordination for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in April of 2015. Since May 2005, she has served as the Tribal Liaison for ODOT’s Cultural Resources Program. As Director of Tribal Coordination, Rhonda consults with Oklahoma’s Native American tribes to identify their concerns with ODOT’s Federal-Aid undertakings. Additionally, she facilitates partnerships between the Department and tribal transportation programs across the state.

 

David Fowler

Fort Gibson Historic Site (43)

Oklahoma Historical Society

Fort Gibson, Oklahoma

David is a Regional Director for the Oklahoma Historical Society, supervising five historic sites in Northeastern Oklahoma, including the George Murrell Home, Fort Gibson Historic Site, Cabin Creek Battlefield, Pawnee Bill Ranch, and Sequoyah’s Cabin. He has worked for the Historical Society for 15 years. David worked at Fort Gibson Historic Site for 8 years as a Historical Interpreter focusing on American Military in Indian Territory. David is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and has an extensive background on Cherokee history and culture. He is a graduate of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.

 

Ron Frantz

Associate Professor/Director of Small Town Studios

Institute for Quality Communities

The University of Oklahoma

College of Architecture

Norman, Oklahoma

Ron is a licensed architect who specializes in historic preservation, Main Street revitalization, neighborhood revitalization, and all types of community-based, grassroots type of design programs. As graduate of The Tulane University of Louisiana, he has 35 years of experience. Currently, he has positions with the College of Architecture at The University of Oklahoma in Norman. He is an Associate Professor with the Architecture Division, is Director of Small Town Studios, a part of the Institute for Quality Communities, and is coordinator for the Environmental Design Program. As a citizen, Ron volunteers with many organizations in his community. After almost 30 years of living in historic streetcar neighborhoods flanking Route 66, he and his wife, Mary, have gone off the traditional street grid. They currently are working on their fifth house in a great, but aging, 1960’s suburban neighborhood in Oklahoma City that has winding streets, cul-de-sacs, and sweeping lawns.

 

Katie Friddle

Historic Preservation Officer

Comprehensive Planning and Urban Design Division

City of Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Since September 2012, Katie has served as the Preservation Officer for the City of Oklahoma City. She provides staff support to the City’s Historic Preservation Commission, serves as the City’s Certified Local Government Coordinator, and participates in other preservation efforts within the Planning Department. A native Oklahoman, Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from The University of Oklahoma and a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Prior to her time with the City, Katie was Executive Director of Preservation Oklahoma, the statewide nonprofit preservation advocacy organization.

 

Bill Gumerson

Chairman

Gumerson Blake Design Build

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Bill is Chairman of Gumerson Blake Design Build, A firm based in Oklahoma City, doing all types of historic restorations, new custom homes, light commercial projects, and renovations for over 40 years. Bill has served as a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Board of Advisors; President of Historic Preservation, Inc.; President of Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.; Vice Chair of the Oklahoma City Preservation Commission; and Member of the Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission. Bill is currently a member of Friends of the Mansion (Oklahoma State Governor’s Mansion).

 

Scott Hammerstedt, Ph.D.

Archeologist

Oklahoma Archeological Survey

Norman, Oklahoma

Scott is a member of the research faculty at the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, The University of Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 2005. His current research focuses on the archaeology of what is now the southeastern and midwestern United States. Scott’s major research interests are social organization, monumental architecture, experimental archaeology, ceramic analysis, political economy, settlement patterns, and archaeological geophysics, with a focus on late precontact (ca. AD 1000-1500) Mississippian and ancestral Caddo people.

 

Melvena Heisch

Deputy SHPO

State Historic Preservation Office

Oklahoma Historical Society

Oklahoma History Center

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Melvena is the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, a position she has held since 1980, and she has worked for OHS since completing her graduate studies. As the Deputy SHPO, she directs the daily operations of the federal historic preservation programs in Oklahoma for the State Historic Preservation Officer, Dr. Bob Blackburn. The National Historic Preservation Act outlines the SHPO’s primary programs and responsibilities, carried out in partnership with the National Park Service. These include nomination of properties to the National Register of Historic Places; identification of archeological and architectural/historic resources through field surveys; and consultation with federal agencies on the construction projects they fund, license, or permit. Additionally, the SHPO assists property owners and developers through the review of rehabilitation projects under federal and state tax law; supports local historic preservation efforts through the Certified Local Governments program; and develops the statewide historic preservation plan. Technical assistance is available from the SHPO, and the SHPO provides a variety of educational programs and information for the statewide preservation community. Melvena is directly responsible for the design and presentation of the annual statewide historic preservation conference, the SHPO’s primary public outreach activity. She received her B.A. in Social Science Education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and her M.A. in History at Oklahoma State University. She is a member of several professional organizations and has served on the Board of Directors, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. She also served as a member of the Federal Advisory Council for the National Park Service’s Route 66 Corridor Preservation program and was a member of the Preserve America Summit’s security issues task force. She is a recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Honor Award and the Friend of Main Street Award.

 

Marcy Jarrett

Director

Visit Enid

Enid, Oklahoma

Marcy, now Director of Visit Enid, has made a career of marketing cities for over 18 years. She was Executive Director of the Norman CVB for four years and Executive Director of the Lubbock, Texas, CVB for five years before coming to Enid. She is a past member of the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executive Leadership Class; the Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism’s Tourism Advisory Committee; a graduate of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Leadership Arts Class; and a recent graduate of the Oklahoma Municipal League’s Citizens Academy Leadership Training. Marcy recently received the highest certification in her industry, the status of Certified Destination Management Executive. She is currently a board member of the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association; Vice President and Marketing Committee Chairman of Red Carpet Country; a founding member of Keep Enid Beautiful; and active on the boards of the Enid Arts Council, Enid United Way and Tri-State Music Festival. She grew up in Woodward and is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma.

 

Jennifer Jones

Historian

ODOT Cultural Resources Program

Norman, Oklahoma

Jen is an Architectural Historian for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Cultural Resources Program. She has degrees in history, museum work, and archaeology. Prior to her work with the Department, she worked as a private consultant.

 

Mike Kertok

Architect

Norman, Oklahoma

Mike attended The University of Oklahoma, graduating with a Master of Architecture degree in 1982. He learned his trade while employed by several large architecture firms, gaining a wide variety of experience and increasing responsibilities, and established his own firm in 1999, where he specializes in historic preservation and renovation projects. He takes pride in doing very accurate and very thorough work, and exhausting every resource in researching a building to understand as completely as possible the history and construction of the structure. Mike practices ‘forensic architecture, looking for subtle clues in the details of the building that will reveal insights into its chronology of development and use. An old building will often reveal itself gradually, even grudgingly, as it is studied. Mike has received awards from the American Society of Interior Designers and the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office. He has coordinated with the State Historic Preservation Office on numerous projects and is thoroughly familiar with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Significant historic preservation projects include Route 66 icons such as the Arcadia Round Barn (Arcadia), Rock Cafe (Stroud), the Gold Dome/Citizens State Bank (Oklahoma City), Firestone Station (Bristow), Independent Oil & Gas Company Station (Baxter Springs, Kansas), Phillips 66 Station (Cuba, Missouri), Phillips 66 Station (Tulsa), and Cities Service Station (Tulsa).

 

Chris Lilly

Principal

Lilly Architects

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Chris is the founding principal of Lilly Architects located in Tulsa. Chris is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and has worked across a broad range of project types including mixed-use, hotel and residential, education, museums, healthcare and research, civic and cultural, master planning, adaptive reuse and historic preservation. He is a versatile architect with a balance of design and technical expertise. His interest in building technologies has spearheaded the efforts within Lilly Architects in design-construction integration through 3D scanning and Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems. He intends to extend this technology in a preservation effort to 3D scan Oklahoma’s most notable and at-risk historical heritage sites. Chris has collaborated on several notable projects as far away as the Sidra Medical Center in Doha, Qatar, and The Tokyo American Club in Tokyo, Japan. Locally, Chris has served as project architect on many visible and historic placemaking projects such as The Tulsa Paper Company Historic Rehabilitation, the Woody Guthrie Center, Philbrook Downtown, and Guthrie Green. His most recent projects include the Fox Hotel Lofts Building and Universal Ford Building on Main Street in the Brady Arts District as well as the Noble Lofts on Second Street in downtown Bartlesville.

 

Patrick Livingood, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

University of Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma

Patrick is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at The University of Oklahoma. His research focuses on the late pre-Columbian history of the southeastern U.S. Since 2007 he has collaborated with Scott Hammerstedt and Amanda Regnier to better understand the archaeology of eastern Oklahoma, including the site of Spiro.

 

Larry B. Lucas, II

Architect

Oklahoma Main Street Center

Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Larry is a licensed architect in the State of Oklahoma. He has diverse architectural experience working across public, private and governmental sectors. He joined the Oklahoma Main Street Program as Staff Architect in 2011, and is an enthusiastic proponent of the Main Street Approach. Maybe the spirit for grassroots preservation was already in his blood. As a child his family rehabilitated a historic downtown building for the family business. The building stands proudly maintained today. Larry is passionate about promoting environmental stewardship throughout the Main Street network. He is an active member of the United States Green Building Council and United States Passive House Alliance. He is currently working to develop more insight into implementing sustainability planning into historic buildings and communities across Oklahoma and the nation.

 

Richard J. (Rick) Lueb

Principal

TAP Architecture

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Rick is a principal at TAP Architecture and has been with the firm from its inception in 1988. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Design (Construction Science Option) with Distinction from The University of Oklahoma in 1976 and his Bachelor of Architecture Degree with Distinction from OU in 1987. Rick holds licenses to practice architecture in the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas, as well as holding his Interior Design Certificate in Oklahoma. Rick is a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute and is a certified Construction Specifier, Certified Construction Contract Administrator, and is a CSI MasterFormat Accredited Instructor. His 28 years of architectural expertise are enhanced by more than 20 additional years in the construction industry as a job superintendent and owner of various construction companies. Rick’s previous experiences as a certified professional builder, realtor, and journeyman electrician form a broad based construction background that brings practical, real-world values and knowledge to the design team. His well-rounded experience coupled with his passion for proper treatment of our state’s historic treasures yield dividends for clients desiring to preserve them. A few of Rick’s projects include the 1894 Historic Old Central, the first building on OSU’s campus; St. Gregory University’s 1913 Benedictine Hall restoration from an earthquake; Star House Emergency Stabilization Plan; and one of his newest projects, the conversion of the historic Santa Fe Station in Oklahoma City to the Oklahoma City Intermodal Transportation Hub.

 

Maree’ Lunsford

Owner/Operations Manager

Chisholm Trail NRHP Property and

The McGranahan Barn

Yukon, Oklahoma

Maree’ is the Operations Manager for The McGranahan Barn Venue, which is located on the Chisholm Trail, and she works with her father, Robert Treece, to preserve and share their heritage. She is the 6th generation to be raised on the family land. Maree’ graduated from Heritage Hall High School, in Oklahoma City, and then graduated from The University of Oklahoma, in 2012 majoring in communications. Maree’ was a member of The University of Oklahoma cheer squad her four years at OU.

 

Catherine Montgomery

President

Preservation and Design Studio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Catherine is founder and president of the Oklahoma City-based Preservation and Design Studio, an architecture and interiors firm specializing in Historic Preservation. The Studio’s projects include varied building types including Class A office, multi-family residential and retail. Most projects are preservation tax credits projects, some are for property owners in locally zoned Historic Preservation districts, and others are new construction. PandDStudio prepares existing structures reports, HABS/HAER documentation, historic architectural surveys, and National Register nominations. Catherine’s extensive experience in working with the National Historic Preservation Act programs and helping federal agencies satisfy their obligations under Section 106 of the NHPA is an asset for the Studio’s public sector clients. Most PandDStudio projects meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation either by choice or requirement. Before focusing on her studio, Catherine served 23 years in public service including at The University of Maryland, the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Outreach Division of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and the City of Oklahoma City. She has consulted on hundreds of Oklahoma Buildings totaling over $300 million in successful certified preservation tax credits projects including the Skirvin Hilton Hotel and the Ambassador Hotel in Midtown OKC. A graduate of the architecture program at the University of Kansas, she is a Registered Architect and Interior Designer and serves on the board for the Oklahoma chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Professional Advisory Board for The University of Oklahoma, College of Architecture.

 

Stacy Cramer Moore

Executive Director

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center

Duncan, Oklahoma

Stacy is currently the Executive Director at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan. The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center was OTIA’s Oklahoma Attraction of the Year and the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofit’s Arts & Humanities Nonprofit of the Year in 2013. The Center uses a unique mix of high-tech exhibits, period characters, fine arts and western history to fulfill criteria set forth by the Oklahoma and Texas Departments of Education. Prior to joining the ranks of a full-time nonprofit, Stacy was involved in community and economic development at the federal, state and regional levels.

 

Lynda Ozan

Architectural Historian

State Historic Preservation Office

Oklahoma Historical Society

Oklahoma History Center

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Lynda is the Architectural Historian and National Register Program Coordinator for the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office. An Ohio native, Lynda has degrees in both history and historic preservation and brings over 15 years of preservation experience to the State of Oklahoma. Her research interests span architectural and cultural history and colonial America. She has conducted research in the area of westward expansion settlement patterns; indentured servitude; and modern architectural styles. Her research contributes to our understanding of the relationships between people and place, as well as the character of different places. Lynda is the author of many National Register of Historic Places nominations, articles and journal publications and most recently a context for post WWII housing from 1946-1976 in Oklahoma.

 

David Pettyjohn

Executive Director

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

David is the Executive Director of Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK), a position he has held since October 2012. Prior to joining POK, he worked with the Oklahoma Humanities Council. David holds an M.A. in History and a B.A. in History/Secondary Education, both from the University of Tulsa. He currently serves on the Board of the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture and the Advisory Board of the Oklahoma Archeological Survey.

 

Aaron Preston

Archivist

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

Enid, Oklahoma

Aaron is the Archivist at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid, Oklahoma. He previously spent ten years at the State of Michigan Historical Museum as an Educator. Most recently, he served one year at the CHRHC in the role of Education Director. Aaron holds an M.I.L.S. with a specialization in Archives and Records Management from San Jose State University, an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in History, with a Secondary Teaching certificate in History and Political Science, also from Michigan State University. Among others, his research can be seen in the recently fabricated exhibits at the CSRHC: “Grant County: Stockade to Strip;” (2015) and “Keep Em’ Flying: Vance at 75.”

Amanda Regnier, Ph.D.

Director

Oklahoma Archeological Survey

Norman, Oklahoma

Amanda is the Director of the Oklahoma Archeological Survey at The University of Oklahoma. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Alabama in 2006 and has been in Oklahoma since July 2007. Her major archaeological fields of study are Caddo sites in the Red and Arkansas River drainages dating between A.D. 900-1700 and post-Removal sites in eastern Oklahoma. Since 2007, Amanda has conducted excavations or geophysical survey at sites including the Clement and Ramos Creek sites in McCurtain County, Fort Gibson, Rose Hill Plantation, the Murrell Home, Spiro, and Fort Washita, among others.

 

Lynne Rostochil

Okie Mod Squad Founder

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Lynne found her passion as an architectural historian and photographer when, in 2007, she went in search of the architect grandfather she never knew. That initial and very personal quest soon blossomed into working with others to bring an exhibit of Julius Shulman’s Oklahoma photographs to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art in 2009 and co-founding the Okie Mod Squad later that year. The Okie Mod Squad’s mission is to showcase and preserve the Sooner State’s outstanding mid-century architecture via the website, okiemodsquad.com, and the organization’s 2,000+ member Facebook group. They also host a variety of events, including the May 2016 Okie Modernism Weekend in Oklahoma City.

 

Cynthia Savage

Architectural Historian

Architectural Resources and Community

Heritage (A.R.C.H.) Consulting

Pocasset, Oklahoma

Cindy operates A.R.C.H. Consulting from Pocasset. She received her Master of Arts degree in Applied History from Oklahoma State University and began her professional career in historic preservation as a member of the Oklahoma SHPO staff. As a private consultant, Cindy prepares National Register nominations; Recent projects include the nominations for the Oklahoma City Santa Fe Depot and the Colored Detachment Barracks at Fort Sill. Cindy often collaborates with former Oklahoma SHPO colleague Susan Allen Kline, such as co-authoring an article for the Chronicles of Oklahoma about the mid-century modern architectural firm of Caudill Rowlett Scott. They have also worked together on the forthcoming Chronicles article about cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s historic preservation movement, the topic of their joint presentation for this year’s conference.

 

Scott Sundermeyer

Director

ODOT Cultural Resources Program

Norman, Oklahoma

Scott serves as the ODOT Cultural Resources Program (CRP) Director. Housed at the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, the CRP is responsible for ensuring that all FHWA-funded or approved projects are reviewed in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and other federal regulations. Scott received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology from The University of Oklahoma and is an archeologist by training. Scott has been with ODOT since 2008.

 

Trait Thompson

State Capitol Project Manager

Office of Management and Enterprise Services

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Trait was named Project Manager of the State Capitol Restoration Project in July 2014 by the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. Prior to that, Trait served as Legislative Director and Senior Policy Advisor to President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman in the Oklahoma Senate. In addition to his experience in state government, Trait has worked in the business consulting, nonprofit, and telecommunications fields. He graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Finance and from Texas A&M University with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He is a board member of Friends of the Capitol and former chairman of the State Capitol Preservation Commission. He is also an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department at The University of Oklahoma.

 

Kelly Tompkins

Director

Main Street Enid, Inc.

Enid, Oklahoma

Kelly is the Director of Main Street Enid, revitalizing downtown Enid by preserving and promoting the historic district as the economic and cultural heart of the city. As a member of the Public Art Commission of Enid and a graduate of Leadership Arts, Kelly loves to incorporate the arts in her community building efforts.

 

Robert Treece

Owner

Chisholm Trail NRHP Property and

The McGranahan Barn

Yukon, Oklahoma

Robert is a 5th generation Oklahoman still living on the land of his ancestors (James and Sarah McGranahan). Robert is a graduate of Piedmont High School and The University of Oklahoma, where he majored in chemistry. Robert then obtained his law degree from Oklahoma City University. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and is a registered patent attorney with the US Patent Office. Robert also served on the Piedmont Board of Education.

 

Glen Wheat

Fort Sill Environmental Chief

Environmental Quality Division

Directorate of Public Works

HQ US Army Garrison Fort Sill

Fort Sill, Oklahoma

In January 1994 Glen accepted a position with the Fort Sill Directorate of Environmental Quality to manage the Post’s Defense Environmental Restoration Program. He was the Fort Sill Directorate of Environmental Quality Compliance Branch Chief from 1998 through 2001. In December 2001 Glen became the Fort Sill Environmental Chief, the position which he currently occupies. As the Post’s Environmental Chief he is responsible for the management of all aspects of the Post’s Environmental program which ranges from Cultural and Natural Resource Management to more traditional regulatory programs relating to Air Quality, Hazardous Waste and Storm-water Management.

 

Kristina Wyckoff

Archeologist

ODOT Cultural Resources Program

Norman, Oklahoma

Kristina is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with a Master’s degree in Anthropology from The University of Oklahoma. As an archaeologist with ODOT’s Cultural Resources Program, Kristina conducts archaeological surveys and reviews for Oklahoma transportation projects and utilizes GIS software to reference historic resources, to document current and past project areas, and to map archaeological sites and resources of the built environment in the state.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

 

Preservation is Golden: Oklahoma’s 28th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference

DATES: June 1-3, 2016

Location: Enid Symphony Center, 301 West Broadway

(Southwest corner, West Broadway and South Washington)

Enid, Oklahoma


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 online at www.okhistory.org/shpo/conference.htm.

CONFERENCE COSPONSORS:

Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office; Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Main Street Center; Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.; Main Street Enid, Inc.; City of Enid; and Visit Enid.

OPPORTUNITY FOR DESIGN PROFESSIONALS:

Conference sessions 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. Simply register for the conference and sign in at the SHPO’s table when you arrive at the Enid Symphony Center. There are no additional fees for this service. The SHPO will email certificates of attendance after the conference. Self report your attendance to the board.

 

Questions? Contact:

Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO

State Historic Preservation Office

Oklahoma Historical Society

Oklahoma History Center

800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73105-7917

405/522-4484

mheisch@okhistory.org

 

PREPARING FOR PRESERVATION LEADERSHIP

Oklahomans will celebrate the National Historic Preservation Act’s 50th Anniversary during Preservation is Golden: Oklahoma’s 28th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference (Enid, June 1-3). But, we must do more during the celebration than reflect on past accomplishments. We must consider how to sustain the momentum of the statewide preservation movement into the future, and developing strong leadership is the key. Several conference sessions will explore the golden opportunities for individuals to assume leadership roles and strategies for building effective organizations for state and local preservation programs.

 

On Thursday afternoon (June 2), Ken Culp of the University of Kentucky will present two workshops devoted to establishing an effective Board of Directors. Ken holds a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Administration from Purdue University. He has 27 years of experience in volunteer and nonprofit administration, volunteer development and service activities and leadership development.  His research interests include generational and gender differences, volunteer recruitment, motivation, recognition and retention; trends in volunteerism, and leadership development.


First, Ken will present “Effective Boards: Interpreting the Score Board.” It focuses on identifying the purposes and function of an effective board of directors. Staff expectations and volunteer and member expectations will be probed and shared. The structure of an effective board, including membership, terms and term limits are presented, as well as proven methods for identifying potential board members and 10 tips for recruiting new members. The roles of board members are shared, along with an examination of officers and their duties. Finally, a 10-item “score-card” is presented, and participants will determine how their board measures up on the game’s scoreboard.

 

Next, he will present “Developing an Effective, Contributing Board of Directors.” A functional Board of Directors is a critical key component for a successful organization. Identifying, recruiting, empowering and developing the Board of Directors into an effectively working decision-making group are fundamental steps. The Board of Directors is the rudder of the ship. Without strong leadership and guidance from the Board, the organization will be set adrift without a clear purpose or destination. Participants will learn how to identify, orient and educate new and current Board members to help them understand their duties and the function of the Board. Additionally, they will learn how to develop an executive committee, a contributing committee system and an annual program of activities, all of which will strengthen your organization and its programs.

 

On Friday morning (June 3), the first session features two important membership organizations that help strengthen local historic preservation programs. Amanda DeCort, member of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions’ (NAPC) board, will discuss the role and programs of the organization.  NAPC is the national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local historic preservation commissions and the historic resources they protect through local preservation zoning ordinances and design review. Then, David Pettyjohn, Executive Director of Preservation Oklahoma, Inc., will talk about the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of Oklahoma’s historic and prehistoric properties through advocacy, public education, and technical assistance. Both organizations rely on well-informed, volunteer board members and a dedicated membership to accomplish their missions and goals.

Ken Culp concludes the series of sessions with “Recruiting Youth Volunteers for Community Service.” If the preservation movement is to have sound leadership in the coming decades, we must ensure that a new generation is getting involved. Youth can be the easiest of all demographic groups to target for engagement in community service activities. However, many volunteer coordinators and staff members, being from a different generation, lack the knowledge, skills, expertise and contemporary communication skills to successfully approach and recruit teens for involvement in service or programmatic activities. This workshop will prepare volunteer coordinators and staff members who are interested in targeting youth for volunteer service to adapt their marketing message to appeal to teens, to tailor service activities to fit the likes and interests of this demographic audience and to promote volunteer service as a component of teen activity.

 

Full conference program and registration information will be available in late April.  Follow conference developments at:

http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/conference.htm;

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 State Historic Preservation Officer at 405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org

 

HEIN/DE MIESS TO ADDRESS PRESERVATION CONFERENCE

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, 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 at

http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/conference.htm 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).

SCHOLARSHIPS TO ATTEND 2016 STATEWIDE PRESERVATION CONFERENCE NOW AVAILABLE

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 is Golden:  Oklahoma’s 28th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. It will be held June 1-3, 2016, in downtown Enid (full registration and program details available in late April).

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 6. For details and an application form contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO, at 405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org, or visit the SHPO’s website at www.okhistory.org/shpo/conference.htm.

 

2016 STATEWIDE PRESERVATION CONFERENCE IN ENID

Save the dates, June 1-3, 2016, for Preservation is Golden: Oklahoma’s 28th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. In 2016, the United States will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) through Preservation50. Government agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens will engage in programs and activities to highlight historic preservation successes over the last half century, evaluate the NHPA’s role in these achievements, and consider goals for the national preservation program for the next fifty years. Oklahoma’s 28th annual Statewide Preservation Conference is just one of the ways the state’s preservation partners will join the celebration.


Preservation is golden features two plenary sessions, with Erik M. Hein, Executive Director, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, Washington, D.C.; and Norma Ramirez de Miess, Senior Program Officer and Director of Leadership Development, National Main Street Center, Chicago, as featured speakers.

 

Additionally, three concurrent tracks of sessions will include:

TRACK A: Preservation50, focusing on the NHPA’s impacts on historic preservation in Oklahoma; TRACK B: Gold Medal Preservation Performances, featuring case studies on the identification, evaluation, restoration, rehabilitation, stabilization, and reconstruction of historic properties; and TRACK C: Golden Opportunities, Highlighting the economic and social benefits of historic preservation, the need for a new generation of preservation leaders, and effective preservation organizations.

 

Special events include the opening reception; local tours; 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.; and Main Street Enid, Inc.  

 

Full conference program and registration information will be available in late April.  Follow conference developments at

http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/conference.htm;

http://www.facebook.com/okshpo; and http://www.twitter.com/okshpo.