Virginia Preservation Conference

2018 Virginia Preservation Conference

The Virginia Preservation Conference annually brings together architects, builders, preservationists, government leaders, developers, lawyers, local planning officials and everyday citizens to explore preservation ideas and initiatives. While at the conference, participants are equipped with valuable preservation resources and knowledge that they can use to protect historic places in their own communities.

This year, the conference, hosted alongside the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, will take place in Danville October 18-19. Programming will echo the modern preservation movement, which recognizes the need for a more inclusive representation of increasingly socio-economically, racially and ethnically diverse communities; and the importance of protecting Virginia’s diverse historic resources that provide a more accurate and comprehensive story of the Commonwealth’s unique history and identity.

In conjunction with the conference, the City of Danville in collaboration with Friends of the Old West End will offer programs that are free and open to the public (no registration required). Visit their website to learn more.

Register for this year’s conference by October 16!

The keynote speaker will be Donovan Rypkema, the well-known principal of Place Economics, a Washington, D.C.- based real estate and economic development-consulting firm. The firm specializes in services to public and non-profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. He is author of several publications including Community Initiated Development, The Economics of Rehabilitation, and the Feasibility Assessment Manual for Reusing Historic Buildings.

Conference Schedule

The conference will feature sessions on reducing gentrification in historic neighborhood and protecting rural historic resources, Virginia Indian sites and African American cemeteries. Tours of some of Danville’s most historic treasures will also be given. See the full conference schedule below:

October 18

9:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Workshop – At the Crossroads: Collections Care and Sustainability
Location: Danville Science Center, 677 Craghead Street, Danville, VA 24541
Cost: $25

Museums, arts and cultural organizations, and collecting institutions are invited to join Preservation Virginia and Virginia Association of Museums for a special half-day event devoted to community building in Danville and Southern Virginia. Through facilitated conversations, we will discuss issues related to organizational and facilities management including collections care and long-term sustainability of a collections-based program. (25 people max, pre-registration is required)

Speakers: Joe Keiper, director, Virginia Museum of Natural History; Jennifer Thomas, executive director, Virginia Association of Museums; Christina Newton, associate director, Virginia Association of Museums

2:30 PM – 5:30 PM: River Road Bus Tour
Location: Meet in Community Market Parking Lot, 629 Craghead Street, Danville, VA 24541
Cost: $35

The River Road bus tour, established by the Halifax County Historical Society, has a wealth of historic buildings, sites and landscapes related to the history of tobacco in Virginia. Stops will include Carter’s Tavern, Melrose Academy (now Elmo Store), Brooklyn Tobacco Factory and Springfield Distillery.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Meet and Greet/Networking, Ballad Brewing
Location: 600 Craghead Street, Danville, VA 24541

October 19

Location: Community Market
629 Craghead Street
Danville, VA 24541
Cost: General Admission, $155, Preservation Virginia Members: $110, Students: $105

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM: Registration and Coffee

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM: State of the Commonwealth, Elizabeth S. Kostelyn, CEO, Preservation Virginia, Julie Langan, Director & State Historic Preservation Officer, Virginia Department of Historic Resources

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Welcome and Introduction, Mayor Alonzo Jones, Rick Barker, Chief Executive Officer and President, Supply Resources

8:45 AM – 10:45 AM: Keynote Presentation by Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM: Session 1: Preservation, Gentrification Panel Discussion 

  • Explore historic preservation as a broader, more people-centered and inclusive field that helps foster healthy, diverse communities by combating gentrification in historic neighborhoods through the use of affordable housing and other tools.
  • Speakers: Ernecia Coles, executive director, Danville Neighborhood Development Corporation; Isabel Thornton, executive director, Restoration Housing, Roanoke; Nicholas Feucht, City of Richmond Economic Development and Planning

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch on your own

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Session 2: Identifying, Recording and Protecting Historic Cemeteries

  • Archaeologist Tom Klatka from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and Ted Maris-Wolf, PhD, Evergreen Cemetery caretaker, will discuss how to identify historic cemeteries and explain the steps to take with abandoned cemeteries. Speakers will address information that can be gained from researching cemeteries as well as recent developments in public policy that address historic African American cemeteries.

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Session 3: Protecting Virginia Indian Sites and Traditions

  • Victoria Ferguson, Director of the Monacan Indian Living History Exhibit at Natural Bridge State Park and a member of the Monacan Indian Nation, will speak about the culture, traditions, and technologies of her ancestors and the importance of protecting Virginia Indian sites and traditions.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM: Session 4: Rural Heritage Protection: Bridging Historic Preservation and Land Conservation

  • This session examines links between  historic preservation and land conservation and the use of  of tools such as rural historic districts and conservation easements that help integrate the two fields.
  • Speakers: Wendy Musumeci, Virginia Department of Historic Resources; Kevin M. Walker, chief executive officer; Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation; John D. Hutchinson V, AICP, director of conservation, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

  • Option 1: Bus tour of Danville’s historic districts focusing on the tobacco warehouse district, sites important to the Civil Rights Movement in Danville, Millionaire’s Row, the Old West End and Main Street. (50 people max, pre-registration required)
  • Option 2: Walking tour of the Tobacco Warehouse District.

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Evening Reception and Preservation Pitch Winner Announcement

Location: 616 Farm to Table Restaurant
616 North Main Street, Danville, VA 24540

Get Involved for 2018!

Preservation Pitch

The Preservation Pitch competition is an opportunity for community members statewide to pitch a historic preservation project for a chance to win $2,000 in seed money from Preservation Virginia. Past pitches have included rehabilitating historic buildings, preserving historic artifacts and funding for research projects.

Online voting for the Preservation Pitch competition has closed. Join us on Facebook Live October 19 at 5:00 p.m. when we announce the winner during the closing reception of the Virginia Preservation Conference. 

Thank you to our finalists, the Fairfield Foundation, Pocahontas State Park and the Southside African American Cemetery Preservation Association, and all other organizations that submitted a project for this year’s competition!

Last Year’s Winner

Campbell County Training School Complex

The non-profit organization received a $2,000 grant from Preservation Virginia to purchase supplies to paint the exterior of the Assembly Building located within the complex.

In addition to painting the exterior of the Assembly Building, there are plans to make other repairs, including interior painting, floor refinishing and window replacement. After all repairs have been completed, the building will be used for community events and fundraising to help support the restoration of three other buildings located within the complex.

The Campbell County Training School Renovation Project is supported by in-kind contributions, volunteerism and the school’s more than 100 preservation partners, which include individuals, churches and businesses.

For more information on how to support the project, contact Millicent Nash at 434-258-4319.

Questions about the Preservation Pitch competition? Please contact:

Justin Sarafin
Director of Preservation Initiatives & Engagement
Preservation Virginia
804-648-1889 ext. 317

Submit a Sponsorship Inquiry

The Virginia Preservation Conference draws 200 participants interested in history and the business of preservation annually. We’re excited to be bringing the conference to the beautiful, historic city of Danville October 18 and 19.

Danville is the perfect location. Through programs like the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit and Preservation Virginia’s Tobacco Barn Preservation Project, private investors have been working to restore and re-use many of the buildings in Danville and the local history is coming alive for the public. As a result, businesses and affordable housing are being created in the city and tourism is on the rise.

This year’s conference will highlight many of those successes and examine the need for a more inclusive representation of increasingly socio-economically, racially and ethnically diverse communities. Financial underwriting from foundations and businesses is what makes the Virginia Preservation Conference possible. Download the sponsorship package to see how you can support this year’s conference.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities for the Virginia Preservation Conference contact: 

Will Glasco
Director of Development
804-648-1889 ext. 311