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Annual Conference

Watch this space for information about our 2014 Annual Conference!



in partnership with the Virginia


Preservation Virginia's Annual Conference

October 20-22, 2013

Roanoke, VA

Preservation Virginia’s 2013 statewide Annual Preservation Conference held in partnership with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will be in Roanoke, Virginia from October 20th through 22nd, 2013.  The conference typically draws 150-200 preservationists, architects, city planners, developers, local government officials, historic property owners, historic preservation non-profit staff and members, and others to attend lectures and panels, workshops, tours, and field sessions on a variety of preservation-related issues from historic tax credits to economic development to heritage tourism.  The awards luncheon and the lively Preservation Pitch will return this year, too.   

The conference will be based at the historic Hotel Roanoke (where we have negotiated an excellent nightly rate) and at sites located throughout Roanoke’s walkable downtown.  Sessions will be held at various sites that have benefitted from Roanoke’s active historic preservation culture, including Center in the Square and the Patrick Henry Hotel, among others.  Receptions will be held at the Virginia Museum of Transportation and Charter Hall at the Roanoke City Market Building (with Classic Old-Time Appalachian Blues performed live by The Rootstone Jug Band), affording attendees the opportunity to explore downtown Roanoke’s restaurants and music scene first-hand. 

For more information about the Hotel Roanoke and to reserve your room, please click here.

Register online to secure a spot before Oct. 17!

Click here to see the at-a-glance version of the conference program.  Click here to see plenary and conference session speaker biographies.

Conference registration is $189.00.

Preservation Virginia Members save 10% on registration!

Not a member? Click here to join.

What Registration Includes

The Preservation Conference registration fee includes registration for all sessions; walking tour of Roanoke on Sunday, Sunday night reception at The Virginia Museum of Transportation (one drink ticket and cash bar), continental breakfasts, Annual Preservation Awards luncheon on Monday, Monday evening reception at Charter Hall (one drink ticket and cash bar), conference materials, and access to the conference bookstore.

Location of the Conference and Events

The conference will be held in historic buildings and sites throughout downtown historic Roanoke and at the Hotel Roanoke, including the morning plenary sessions, continental breakfasts, and coffee breaks. 

Come early and attend our two pre-conference workshops:


Cemetery Conservation and Documentation Workshop: Saturday-Sunday, October 19th-20th, 2013

Click here for Cemetery workshop brochure.  This workshop has been canceled.

Training for Architectural Review Board Members: Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Click here for ARB Training workshop brochure.


AICP CM and AIA credits are available for workshop participants through CAMP, the training provider.


A third pre-conference workshop has been added for Sunday, October 20th, 1:30pm - 4:30pm:

Virginia Cultural Resource Information System (V-CRIS) Training, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, to be held at the Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 N. Jefferson Street.  Attendance is limited to 22 participants; to reserve a space contact DHR directly at:


Receptions at Virginia Museum of Transportation



Charter Hall, Roanoke City Market Building



Featuring the return of Preservation Pitch...

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Preservation Pitch is a competition to win $2,000 for your bricks and mortar preservation project. Presentations will be made LIVE at our reception at the Roanoke City Market Building on Monday night. Get ready to cast your vote for your favorite project. 

For more information and to participate click here.

Registration Information

One day conference rates and individual session rates are not available. Preservation Virginia Members save 10% on registration and receive a 10% membership discount at the conference bookstore. Participants will receive a confirmation of registration via email for web and mailed purchases. Please provide a valid email address.

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.

Session Information

  • You must pre-register for each session.
  • Limits are placed on the size of sessions and off-site sessions based on available resources at each site.
  • Arrive early. 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.
  • 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.

Accommodations and Parking

For more information about the Hotel Roanoke and to reserve your room, please click here.  (Please note that rooms for Saturday, October 19th are sold out; rooms remain until Oct. 11 for Sunday the 20th and Monday the 21st at the negotiated rate of $96/night (plus applicable taxes)).

Pre-conference workshop accommodations (and conference overflow accommodations) are available at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center, 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA  24017.  The nightly rate of $89 (plus applicable taxes) is available through September 10th to all pre-conference workshop and conference attendees.  Please book directly with the Sheraton by phone at (540) 563 9300 or (800) 325 3535; mention the Preservation Virginia annual conference group rate.  

Click here for a map of conference sessions and pre-conference workshop locations in Roanoke.

Click here for Roanoke parking information.

About Roanoke and the Roanoke Valley

Click here to link to events in the Roanoke Valley Area

To Register by Mail

Fill out and print the web registration form and mail with check. Checks made payable to Preservation Virginia can be mailed to:

Preservation Virginia
Attn: Conference Registration
204 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220

To Register by Fax

Fill out and print the web registration form and fax with credit card information to 804-775-0802.

Registration Payment Information

  • Payment must accompany registration.
  • Mailed or faxed registrations are processed in the order they are received. Please provide an email address on the form so confirmation receipts can be sent via e-mail.
  • Payment can be made by check, Visa and MasterCard.

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 October 1, 2013. No refunds can be given after that date; however, a substitute can be sent in your place, please email to give the name of the substitute.

Online Registration Form

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