Mark your calendar for June 7-9, 2017, for Preservation Future Tense: Oklahoma’s 29th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. The program features plenary sessions, workshops, concurrent tracks of sessions, and special events. One of the workshops is designed for historic preservation commission members.

The Future of Your Community’s Heritage: Historic Preservation Commission Members Workshop on Authority, Ethics, Designation, and Design Review will be presented on Friday, June 9 (8:30am-11:45am). Historic preservation commissions across Oklahoma and the nation face similar challenges in the appropriate enforcement of their local preservation ordinances, and James K. Reap, workshop instructor, will discuss these issues and how to address them.

James is an attorney who specializes in heritage conservation.  He is Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the Master of Historic Preservation Program at the University of Georgia.  He has served as chair of preservation commissions in the City of Decatur and DeKalb County and as vice chair in Athens, Georgia.  He is a founding member of both the Georgia Alliance and National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, and is a former board member of both organizations.  He currently serves on the boards of the International Council on Monuments and Sites and is a past board member of the Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.  In 2016, he was appointed by President Obama to the State Department’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee.

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


If you may have questions, contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO (405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org).


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