Save the dates, June 3-5, 2015, for Tradition and Transition: Oklahoma’s 27th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. The special places we appreciate, protect, and adapt for new uses embody our traditions. A more diverse preservation community develops; what is considered significant evolves; and new preservation methods and strategies emerge. The conference program will address these topics during two plenary sessions and three concurrent tracks of sessions.
The first plenary session occurs on Wednesday afternoon, June 3, and the featured speaker is Stephanie K. Meeks, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D. C. She will discuss the NTHP’s new initiatives and the benefits of preservation for all communities. Tim Samuelson, Cultural Historian, City of Chicago, Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Chicago, Illinois, addresses the second plenary session on Friday afternoon, June 5. He will present a lively discussion about the significance of modern architecture with a focus on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff.
The three concurrent tracks of sessions include:
TRACK A: Our Architectural Legacy – Featuring properties associated with the Phillips and other oil industry families, the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, and resources of the recent past. Also, sessions highlight certified rehabilitations statewide and the Historic Preservation Certification Application process.
TRACK B: Preservation Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century – Spotlighting the work of the United Nations and its World Heritage List, the preservation work of tribal governments and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in Oklahoma and the tribal programs of the National Park Service and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Also, other federal agencies will share information about their cultural resource management efforts.
TRACK C: Main Streets and Neighborhoods – Celebrating the Oklahoma Main Street Program’s 30th anniversary with a look back at its accomplishments and a look ahead to the challenges and opportunities for downtown redevelopment. Additionally, sessions focus on financial and other tools for revitalizing historic neighborhoods.
In addition to dozens of Oklahoma preservationists and the plenary speakers, special guest speakers include Antonio Aguilar, Technical Preservation Services Branch, National Park Service, Washington, D. C.; James Bird, Chief, Tribal Preservation Program, National Park Service, Washington, D. C.; Julie Fitzpatrick, Assistant Director/ Special Projects Coordinator, Pennsylvania Downtown Center, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Valerie Hauser, Director, Office of Native American Affairs, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Washington, D. C.; Susan Allen Kline, Independent Historic Preservation Consultant, Fort Worth, Texas; George C. Papagiannis, External Relations and Information, UNESCO, New York, New York; and Joe Watkins, Supervisory Anthropologist and Chief, Tribal Relations and American Cultures, National Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D. C.
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.; Downtown Bartlesville Inc.; Bartlesville Area History Museum; Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce; Bartlesville Visitors Bureau; Bartlesville Redevelopment Trust Authority; City of Bartlesville; Price Tower Arts Center; and Washington County Historical Society.
Full conference program and registration information will be available in late April. Follow conference developments at
If you may have questions, contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO (405/522-4484 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Wilson, Director, Downtown Bartlesville, Inc. at 918/214-8500 or email@example.com.