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31st Annual Virginia Preservation Conference

October 16-17, 2016 in Charlottesville

Preservation Virginia is pleased to be hosting the 31st annual Virginia Preservation Conference, an event that brings together architects, builders, preservationists, government leaders, developers, lawyers, local planning officials and people like you from across the Commonwealth. This year’s conference will take place at The Paramount Theater and The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th Street NW, 2nd floor, Charlottesville, on Sunday, October 16th and Monday, October 17th.

Following the release of the third and final phase of our Economic Impact Study, the theme of the conference will revolve around expanded definitions of and the positive economic impacts and value of Heritage Tourism in Virginia. Charlottesville has many good hotels/inns. We have listed a few here for your reference.

There are two pre-conference activities available that require a separate fee (registration for these and the conference itself can be found in the online form, below):

The Preservation Virginia/Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) Historic Structures Roundtable event on Sunday, October 16, 9:30am-noon ($40 per person):

Presidential Cold Case Mystery: Archaeological Discoveries and Evolving Interpretation at James Monroe’s Highland,” an exclusive in-depth experience with Executive Director Sara Bon-Harper Following morning coffee, Executive Director Sara Bon-Harper will discuss her research and preservation efforts and their direct connection to Highland’s recent discoveries and subsequent site reinterpretation. The talk will cover future site plans including further excavation and continued preservation of the newly discovered remains. A historical interpreter will take participants on a guided site tour following the executive director’s presentation. This visit is ideal for historic preservationists, museum professionals, archaeologists and anyone else interested in the recent discoveries at Monroe's Highland. (2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902)


Cemetery Workshop on Sunday, October 16, 2:30pm-4:30pm ($30 per person): The Daughters of Zion Cemetery: Case Study of a Community Effort to Restore and Preserve an Historic African American Resource

Join historians, conservators, archaeologists and descendants to explore The Daughters of Zion Cemetery in Charlottesville, an example of an African American Cemetery that inspired Preservation Virginia’s 2016 Most Endangered Historic Places listing. This two-hour workshop will explore how a community is working together to reclaim an historic African American cemetery. Presentations will outline future plans for the cemetery's restoration and preservation and will be followed by a hands-on site visit (weather permitting). (CitySpace, overlooking the Downtown Mall, at 100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902)

Click here to view the conference program at-a-glance (9/14/16). This conference is only possible with the generous support of local and regional sponsors. There are many opportunities for corporate and foundation sponsorship at many levels. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Will Glasco, Assistant Director of Development at 804-648-1889 x311 or


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