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Virginia Preservation Conference

Explore the Value of Partnerships at the 2017 Virginia Preservation Conference

Preservation Virginia is excited to be co-hosting the Virginia Preservation Conference alongside the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in Petersburg, Virginia on Friday, October 6 at Union Train Station! Each year, the conference brings together architects, preservationists, government leaders and everyday citizens to explore preservation ideas and initiatives.

This year, we invite you to “Explore the Value of Partnerships” happening between organizations in the private and public sector that strengthen Virginia’s communities. You’ll get to hear from incredible guest speakers about the collaborations and preservation programs that help revitalize and sustain historic places of memory in Virginia.  

Concurrent Sessions

Guests will have the chance to take part in one of the following sessions:

Leveraging Historic Tax Credits as Tools for Community Revitalization
Historic rehabilitation tax credits are important to the economic success of preservation projects. This session, taking place at Trapezium Brewery, will provide an overview of historic rehabilitation tax credits and how they’ve become a tool for revitalizing the city of Petersburg. We’ll also share tips to help you leverage historic tax credits in your own community. The session will conclude with a tour of Trapezium Brewery, which was established with the help of a historic rehabilitation tax credit.

Speakers: Rick Barker, president of Supply Resources (SRI); Dave McCormack, president of Waukeshaw Development; Trip Pollard, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center and Preservation Virginia trustee, Elizabeth Tune, director of preservation incentives at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Promoting Heritage and Recreational Tourism via Historical Interpretation
Interpreting a community’s historic resources is key to bolstering heritage and recreational tourism. Join this session to hear from the Petersburg Preservation Task Force about their grassroots efforts to help keep the museums open and and how to pull together a volunteer force. The Virginia Film Office will also be discussing the economic benefits of heritage and recreational tourism. The session will end with a tour of Centre Hill mansion.

Speakers: David Trowbridge, keynote speaker; Chip Mann, Petersburg Preservation Task Force; Andy Edmunds, vice president of the Virginia Film Office; Alexander C. "Sandy" Graham, partner at Williams Mullen and Preservation Virginia trustee; Wendy Austen, executive director of Friends of the Lower Appomattox River

Establishing Public and Private Partnerships in Historic Preservation
Taking place at the Cameron Foundation's headquarters, this session will feature an overview of the Cameron Foundation's various historic preservation investments and also highlight the Poplar Lawn Historic Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. Several of the Cameron Foundation's preservation partners, such as HistoriCorps, the City of Petersburg and Project Homes, will be included in the session. 

Speakers: Marc Wagner, architectural historian for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources; Bob Ogle, director of HistoriCorps Instititute; Cameron Foundation

Keynote Speaker: David Trowbridge, Ph.D., Marshall University 

David Trowbridge (Ph.D. Kansas, 2008) is an associate professor in the Department of History and director of African and African American Studies at Marshall University. Trowbridge is the author of "A History of the United States," and his work has appeared in leading academic journals, such as the Journal of American History and the Journal of African American History. In 2016, the Whiting Foundation named Trowbridge as one of eight publicly engaged scholars in the humanities for his work with Clio, a website and mobile application that connects the public to information about nearby historical and cultural sites. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Trowbridge is most proud of his growing family and the success of his students. 

Get Registered!

Preservation Virginia members can use promotional code PV2017 to receive a discount on registration (all memberships will be verified). 

Lodging Options 

Petersburg has a range of lodging options, including hotels, bread and breakfasts and Airbnbs. Choose your stay

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

This conference is made possible thanks to the generous support from our sponsors, including the Virginia Department for Historic Resources, The Cameron Foundation and Davenport & Co. Please contact Will Glasco for sponsorship opportunities at or 804.648.1889, ext. 311.