Kansas Preservation Conference to be Held in Lawrence Sept. 20-22


The annual Kansas Preservation Conference returns to Lawrence Sept. 20-22, the first time the state historical event has been held in Lawrence since 2006.

Sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society, the conference — titled “Building Blocks of Preservation — features several events focused on Lawrence history, in addition to broader programming. The conference will take place at several venues around Lawrence.

Highlights include:

  • A screening of “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City,” a documentary about legendary preservation activist and author Jane Jacobs, at Liberty Hall on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
  • A tour of the University of Kansas Historic District, Thursday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m., available only to conference registrants.
  • A keynote address by William Schmickle, a preservation activist and former chair of the Annapolis, Md., Historic Preservation Commission. Schmickle’s talk will be part of the plenary and educational sessions that begin Friday, Sept. 21 at 8:30 a.m., available only to conference registrants.
  • A talk and book signing by Dylan Thuras, author of “Atlas Obscura,” at Liberty Hall on Friday, Sept. 21, at 8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
  • A tour of the Modern Architecture Enclave on Owens Lane in Lawrence, home to several significant structures, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m., available only to conference registrants.
  • Seminars on Financial Incentives for Historic Properties and and Introduction to Modern Architecture, available only to conference registrants

Venues for the conference will include the Eldridge Hotel, Union Pacific Depot, Liberty Hall and Lawrence Public Library. Registration for the 2018 Kansas Preservation Conference is $50. More information about the conference can be found at the KSHS website.