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30th Annual Virginia Preservation Conference



in partnership with the Virginia

Present the


30th Annual Virginia Preservation Conference


"Remembering the Future of the Movement" - 50 Years of Historic Preservation in Virginia

October 18-20, 2015

Richmond, VA

Image courtesy of Daryl Watkins at Creative Dog Media

Photo courtesy of Daryl Watkins at Creative Dog Media


Preservation Virginia is co-hosting the 30th annual Virginia Preservation Conference, an event that draws 200 architects, builders, preservationists, government leaders, developers, lawyers, local planning officials and others from across the Commonwealth. This year’s conference takes place in Richmond from Sunday, October 18, through Tuesday, October 20, at the Omni Richmond Hotel. The event’s theme will anticipate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act- partly a retrospective look at the past 50 years in Virginia, partly an opportunity to posit what the next 50 years will bring. The historic preservation movement has already evolved greatly, especially in the 21st century. New kinds of partnerships that achieve historic preservation-minded aims in previously-underrepresented regions and an emphasis on community and environmental stewardship, plus the focus on types of historic resources other than the monuments and house museums that have been traditionally associated with historic preservation demonstrate ways that the movement is evolving to be more relevant and inclusive for the 21st century.

The 30th Annual Virginia Preservation Conference is a contributing event to Preservation50, the United States’ four-year effort to celebrate, learn from, and leverage the National Historic Preservation Act’s first five decades to assure historic preservation’s vibrant future in America.   For more information, click here for the Preservation50 website.  



Click here for the Conference Schedule At-a-Glance. 

Conference Hotel

The conference will be based at the Omni Hotel in Richmond where we have negotiated a room rate of only $139/night.

Conference attendees may book rooms directly through the following website link: Virginia Preservation Conference Omni Hotel

Important dates to remember

Early bird conference registration rates and the Omni Hotel conference room rates are available through September 11, 2015. Conference registration at the standard rates closes on October 9, 2015.  


There are many opportunities for corporate and foundation sponsorship at many levels. This conference is only possible with the generous support from local and regional sponsors. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Will Glasco, Director of Annual Fund at 804-648-1889 x303 or


Registration Information

Individual session rates are not available, but day passes will be offered. Participants will receive a confirmation of registration via email. Please provide a valid email address. For last minute on-site registrations, we recommend that you contact Preservation Virginia at 804-648-1889, ext. 317 to check on registration availability prior to arrival. Meals cannot be guaranteed with on-site registrations. Registered attendees who wish to bring guests to the receptions or luncheons will be asked to pay $20 per event at the door.  

Session Information

  • You must pre-register for space-limited and off-site sessions; you do not need to pre-register for concurrent sessions that take place at the conference hotel. 
  • Limits are placed on the size of sessions and off-site sessions based on available resources at each site; spaces for off-site tours will be filled on a first come, first served basis so register early.
  • Arrive early as off-site sessions may require travel time from the main hotel.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Off-site sessions will be held rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.  Bring an umbrella!
  • Persons with limited mobility should email to determine accessibility of specific tours and off-site sessions.
  • Don't forget to bring your camera!

Image Release

Preservation Virginia staff and volunteers will take photographs and video throughout the conference and pre-conference workshops and at receptions and reserves the right to post them on our website, social media outlets, and use them in promotional and educational materials.


Registration Rates

Conference registration for this year's 50th Anniversary expanded program (Sunday evening 10/18 through Tuesday afternoon 10/20) includes: 2 evening receptions, 2 continental breakfasts, 2 luncheons, 4 refreshment breaks, entrance fees for off-site visits, and transportation to off-site locations, where indicated. 

Early Bird rates (avail until 9/11/15):

$269 General Registration
$249 Preservation Virginia Members
$229 Conference speakers/presenters/committee members
$159 Students 

Regular rates (after 9/11/15):

$299 General Registration
$279 Preservation Virginia Members
$259 Conference speakers/presenters/committee members
$189 Students

Single Day Passes are also available this year:

For a Monday (10/19) day pass, which includes all sessions, meals, transportation (where applicable), and the evening reception, the fixed cost is $179.  

For a Tuesday (10/20) day pass, including all sessions, meals, and transportation (where applicable), the fixed cost is $159. 


Registration Questions?

Call Alexis Feria at 804-648-1889, ext. 300 or

Cancellation and Refunds

Full refunds for cancellations will be given, less a $35 administrative fee, if received in writing or by email by September 30, 2015.  No refunds can be given after that date; however, a substitute can be sent in your place, please email to register a substitute attendee.

Important dates and items to remember

Early bird conference registration rates and the Omni Hotel conference room rates are available through September 11, 2015. Conference registration at the standard rates and for day passes closes on October 9, 2015.

Official conference sponsors: please email Alexis Feria at for complimentary registration details.


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