Back to All Events

2018 Kansas Preservation Conference: Building Blocks of Preservation

The 2018 Kansas Preservation Conference is coming to Lawrence Sept. 20-22. 

Learn more about the conference 

Register now for the conference

Schedule at a Glance:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pre-Conference: Preservation 101 at the Union Pacific Depot

2 - 5 p.m. Explore the University of Kansas Historic District Tour

7 - 9 p.m. Preservation in the Movies at Liberty Hall

Friday, September 21, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Welcome, Opening Plenary with William Schmickle, and Educational Sessions

5 - 7 p.m. Progressive Reception to Downtown Lawrence Historic Properties at the Eldridge Hotel

7 - 9:30 p.m. Kansas Preservation Alliance Reception at Liberty Hall. Featured speaker Dylan Thuras of Atlas Obscura at 8:30 p.m. with book signing and sales provided by Raven Book Store beginning at 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 20, 2018

8 - 9 a.m. Meet up for interest groups breakfast at the Union Pacific Depot

9 - 10 a.m. Financial Incentives for Historic Properties at the Union Pacific Depot

9 - 10 a.m. Introduction to Modern Architecture at the Library Auditorium

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Modern Architecture Enclave on Owens Lane

Keynote Speaker

William Schmickle

Bill is a former chair of the Annapolis, MD, Historic Preservation Commission and co-led the successful political campaign to designate the Oak Ridge, NC, local historic district. A former political science professor, he has authored two how-to-succeed books for preservation professionals, local activists and volunteers: The Politics of Historic Districts: A Grassroots Primer for Historic Preservation, and Preservation Politics: Keeping Historic Districts Vital. A former professor of political science, he now writes and consults on preservation issues. 

Featured Speaker

Dylan Thuras

Dylan is one of the Co-Founder's of the online destination focused on discovery, wonder, and exploration, Atlas Obscura. He recently co-authored the Atlas Obscura book and hosts the Atlas Obscura Youtube series "100 Wonders." Previous projects include "Curious Expeditions" about traveling in Eastern Europe for a year, the meeting of the Athanasius Kircher Society, and "World of Wonders," a series of videos and articles for Slate. Dylan holds a BA in Film, Writing, Animation and Visual Arts from Bennington College. Visit Dylan online at @dylanthuras. 

Session Highlights

Preservation in the Movies

Join us at Liberty Hall for a showing of the 2016 film, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City. The film examines the battle for New York City in the 1960s involving key players Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses. Introduction by KU Architecture Professor Marie-Alice L'Heureux, Ph.D.

Explore the University of Kansas Historic District

The survey and nomination process will be intertwined with the history of the district. Buildings that have undergone historic rehabilitations will be highlighted along the way, including projects that involved in-depth examination of the masonry and/or utilized the Kansas State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit incentive program.

This tour includes portions of walking and standing. We will have transportation for those with accessibility issues.

Modern Architecture Enclave

Explore the modern architecture gems of Lawrence. Owens Lane is tucked away in a seemingly normal post-war subdivision. In collaboration with Lawrence Modern, four private residences along Owens Lane will be open to conference attendees