The 2023 Preservation Conference consisted of four tracks: Preservation, Main Street, Stewardship, and Mixed Bag. Please reference the dropdown menus below to see the sessions and timeline within each of these tracks. At the end of the page you will find a downloadable PDF of our full conference program.
Welcome Address, 9:00a - 9:20a.
Keynote Speaker: Dusty Jansen, 9:20a - 10:20a. Director of the Division of Indian Affairs, Dustin Jansen, will discuss the recent news regarding Native American place names throughout the United States.
Ask an Architect with Jansen Bennett, 10:30a - noon. Do your floors squeak? Want to know which windows to use? Can’t figure out why painting brick is a bad idea? Jansen Bennett, SHPO’s historical architect, will field questions and provide advice. Although participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time, you can ensure your question will be answered by submitting questions to email@example.com no later than Friday, 02 June. Please use the subject line “Ask an Architect.”
Historic Sites Division of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1:00p - 3:10p. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints manages hundreds of historic resources across the world. Join staff of the Church’s Historic Sites Division to gain insight about how historical research and preservation are prioritized and implemented. We’ll learn about recent and upcoming projects in Utah as well as how archaeological investigations have contributed to an understanding of the Latter-day Saint past.
Economic Vitality and Design in Salt Lake City, 10:30a - noon. Come get inspired by representatives from the Downtown Alliance, Redevelopment Agency, and Granary District developer BCG Holdings. Participants will learn about development resources, initiatives, and projects happening in downtown Salt Lake City.
Placemaking and Placekeeping, 1:00p - 2:00p. This session will seek to expand the concept of "placemaking" to also consider "placekeeping," defined as the active care and maintenance of a place and its social fabric by the people who live and work there. Participants will learn about the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs' Magnify Utah Project and engage in discussion about how we encourage the preservation of stories and place through more intentional and meaningful dialogue with communities, particularly with those that have historically been under-resourced and disinvested.
Main Street America Promotion and Organization, 2:10 p - 4:50p. Main Street America will be providing a focused training for Utah's Main Street Communities on two of the four pillars, specifically Promotion and Organization. Communities can learn how to better organize their Main Street Program and create and boost downtown economics with creative and impactful promotions.
Multiple Perspectives of Stewardship Panel, 10:30a - noon. This panel discussion will provide participants with a unique insight into multiple perspectives on stewardship. Panelists are made up of individuals who are all engaged in helping to identify, preserve and stewards cultural and archaeological sites around the state. There are many different approaches to stewardship of cultural resources and the goal of this discussion is to learn from one another and to help broaden everyone's perspective and understanding of what it means to be a steward.
Historic Firearms and the Material Culture of the Utah War, 1:00p - 2:00p. Author and historical firearms expert, Michael Anderson, will present on the history and material culture of the Utah War (1857-1858). This hands-on presentation will provide a unique opportunity to experience 19th century antique firearms, authentic uniforms and other accouterments used by the military and militia in the Utah territory during this period. Participants will gain a better appreciation for this monumental event, its stories and the impact it had on people living then and today. There will be no loaded firearms or ammunition at this presentation.
Current Archaeological Research, 2:10p - 3:10p. Keep up to date with archaeological research around the state! Utah has 13,000 years of human occupation and there's always something new to learn.
Outdoor Recreation from a Historic Perspective, 10:30a - noon. Outdoor recreation is a major driver of Utah's 21st century economy, but a lot of the stories and infrastructure are historic. Topics in this session include Little Cottonwood climbing routes being nominated to the National Register, how land managers are documenting and working with historic infrastructure, and how Utah State University is preserving the outdoor industry's history through its archives.
Engaging the Public in Preservation, 1:00p - 2:00p. Historic preservation and archaeology are fundamentally public endeavors - the public demands that we protect and preserve places that matter and often they like to get involved directly! This session demonstrates Utah’s preservationist spirit through several highlighted projects. Pop in and learn from your colleagues how they are navigating the world of public engagement.
Intersection of Cultural Resources and Industry, 2:10p - 3:10p. Utah's energy and mining industry interacts with cultural resources as part of the process of doing business, whether building new infrastructure or taking care of historic buildings under their charge. Representatives from Rio Tinto, Williams, and Pacificorp will speak to the successes they have had and the challenges they face as an industry partner.