The 2014 Kansas Preservation Conference

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The two-day conference provided wonderful tours of downtown Emporia, Red Rocks State Historic Site and the Historic Breckenridge School.  Keynote speaker Daniel Ronan provided insightful comments on a Millennial’s perception of the current state of preservation and its future.  Educational sessions covered a range of topics, including Main Street Programs, Designing on a Budget, and Researching Lost Kansas Communities.


Registration and Check-in – 11:30 am- 4:00 pm
Granada Theater

The conference registration desk will be in the front lobby of the Granada Theater. All conference attendees and CLG attendees should check in here first.

Rendezvous & Lunch – 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
    Venue: Granada Theater and then Downtown Emporia

Meet old friends (and new friends) at the Granada and then head out together for lunch at one of many downtown Emporia restaurants.

CLG Training – 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm

    Venue: Granada Theater
Katrina Ringler – Kansas Historical Society

First annual meeting of Certified Local Government (CLG) staff and local preservation commissioners from across the state. Meet your colleagues and bring your questions, ideas, and issues. Kansas SHPO staff will present annual training topics and will facilitate a discussion on the changing preservation environment in Kansas.

Tours – 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm

    Venue: Start at the Granada Theater

The tours will be led on a round-robin basis with the Granada Theater serving as the home-base. Groups of 10-15 conference registrants will be assembled at the Granada and proceed to the tour sites and back to the theater. All of the sites are within a 15 minute walk of the Granada, and attendees can individually chose to walk or drive to the tour sites.

William Allen White Home (Red Rocks) – See, tour, and learn about the life and home of renowned American newspaper editor, politician, author, and leader of the Progressive movement William Allen White.  This is a State Historic Site and tours are lead by Historical Society Staff.
Downtown Emporia – See and tour buildings that have been preserved, restored, or rehabilitated in the downtown area of Emporia, KS.  Learn from residents of the community about successful historic preservation projects, and how the use of Historic Preservation Tax Credits can build public support for local preservation efforts.

Historic Breckenridge Hotel & Convention Center – See, tour, and learn about the rehabilitation of this historic school formerly known as Emporia High School, built in 1914. When completed in the 2015, the building will have 86 hotel rooms, a large ballroom with seating capacity of 400, an auditorium with stage with seating capacity of 400, breakout rooms and other amenities.  Tour led by one of the project owners.

Reception Gathering – 6:00 pm-6:30 pm
Emporia State Memorial Union Ballroom

Meet and greet your preservation colleagues over a refreshing beverage and light hors-d’oeuvres.

Reception Dinner – 6:30 pm-7:15 pm
Emporia State Memorial Union Ballroom

Keynote Address – 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Venue: Emporia State Memorial Union Ballroom
Presenter: Daniel Ronan

A Millennial’s Perspective on Preservation
Daniel Ronan is a recent transplant from Portland, Oregon to Chicago. With a degree in transportation and land use planning, Daniel came to the field of preservation through his work at a Latino CDC and in his current role as Site Projects and Public Engagement Coordinator at the National Public Housing Museum. He also works to raise the profile of preservation as a freelancer for the Preservation Nation blog and as an organizer of a group of urban policy and planning professionals in Chicago.

Post-Reception Gathering – 8:00 pm- ??
Mulready’s Pub, 717 Commercial StreetRelax, kick-back, and interact with other preservationists!

Registration and Check-in – 7:45 am- 10:30 am
Granada Theater

The conference registration desk will be in the front lobby of theGranada Theater.

Preservation Updates – 8:15 am- 9:15 am

    Venue: Granada Theater

a) Kansas Preservation Alliance:  Todd Renyer, President


    State Historic Preservation Office:  Patrick Zolner, Deputy SHPO


    Legislative and Program Updates:

i)  Main Street:  Casey Woods, President of Kansas Main Street, Inc.

ii) Preservation Tax Credits:  Terry Humphrey, Public Affairs Group

Sessions – 9:15 am – 4:30 pm
    Venue: Granada Theater

9:15 am – 10:15 am
It Can Happen Here: Planning for the Future, Good & Bad
     Presenter: Steve Bowling of Bowling Design Group from Kansas
City and Bruce Boettcher of BG Consultants.

The Community Initiated Development (CID) plan talks about future uses, infrastructure needs, area anchors, economic incentives and a variety of other topics that allow cities to move beyond a “building by building” approach and create momentum for entire areas. The CID concept grew out of historic preservation agencies on the east and west coast, but is just now making it to the Midwest. Steve Bowling of Bowling Design Group and Bruce Boettcher of BG Consultants.

10:15 am – 10:30 am- Break

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Economic Development on Main Street
     Presenter: Casey Woods, Main Street Coordinator, Emporia, KS

The economics of preservation and Main Street development, in Emporia and elsewhere.

KPA Conference & Sponsor’s Luncheon– 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Emporia Arts Center (next door to the Granada)

Lunch for all conference attendees, and recognition of KPA Silver Level Sponsors.

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
How to Save Historic Treasures When Faced with a Disaster
    Presenter: Daniel Wallach

Daniel Wallach was instrumental in rebuilding Greensburg, Kansas after the devastating tornado of 2007. He is co-founder of the non-profit group “Greensburg GreenTown” and his experience dealing with natural disaster brings a unique perspective to historic preservation.

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Designing on a Budget
     Presenter: Ben Moore, a Manhattan based architect

Examples of projects that can maintain the architectural integrity of a building without breaking the bank. Ben Moore, a Manhattan based architect, specializes on projects in smaller towns and with entrepreneurs working on a budget. As a former Design Assistance team member for Kansas Main Street, Ben has worked in a variety of Kansas towns.

3:15 am – 3:30 am- Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Lost Kansas Communities
     Presenter: MJ Morgan, Kansas State University

M.J. Morgan, historian and research director at the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University, explores research conducted on the nearly 9,000 disappeared Kansas towns and communities, focusing on problems of recovery of information.

Wrap-up- 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
     Presenter: Daniel Ronan

A quick overview of conference highlights, drawing insights and connections between the various topics covered.