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Missouri Preservation Conference in Cape Girardeau

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The Missouri Preservation Conference is a statewide educational opportunity for those interested in historic preservation. Over three days, preservationists will be introduced to over 30 educational sessions, tours of historic places, networking events, and a trade show featuring architects and consultants, contractors, building supply manufacturers and dealers. Most events will take place on the 4th floor of Southeast Missouri State’s University Center, at the corner of Henderson and Normal Avenues in Cape Girardeau. The theme for this year’s conference is “The past and the future of preservation,” focusing on the history and advancement of historic preservation as a discipline. Most sessions and tours are subject to registration fees.

A number of off-site receptions and events will take place in Cape Girardeau, including the keynote address by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer, David Brown, on Wednesday, October 21st. The address will be open to the general public and the entire student body of Southeast Missouri State University, and will be held at 10:15am in the University’s Academic Hall Auditorium at 900 Normal Avenue.

A separate ticketed event, the Legacy Awards, ($30 for non-conference attendees) will be held at Ray’s Banquet Center on Thursday evening, October 22nd at 6pm. This is an honor awards banquet which recognizes the outstanding achievements by individuals, organizations and projects which have illustrated best practices in historic preservation. Those to be honored during the evening’s festivities include Southeast Missouri State University for its restoration of Academic Hall and renovations at the River Campus; The Glenn House Museum for ongoing years of interpreting this historic site; Drs. Mary Ann and Bert Kellerman for their leadership in fostering a preservation ethic in southeast Missouri; The Southeast Missourian for its early tax credit project in the renovation of its downtown offices; Old Town Cape for its exemplary leadership in downtown revitalization; and finally to Dr. Frank Nickell for his many years of leadership at the local and academic level through teaching, public involvement and fostering an interest in regional history.

Educational sessions at the Conference will run the gamut. They include the state’s historic preservation tax credits, technological advances in historic preservation, advanced historic building development, historic cemeteries, bridges, former slave dwellings, archaeological investigations, and local community revitalization. Tours include a tour of nearby Jackson Missouri, a behind-the-scenes look at some closed historic theaters, a Civil War fort, the Giboney-Houck estate, and the architectural legacy of J.B. Legg. Luncheons include Missouri’s Yearly State of Preservation, and the plenary luncheon on Friday October 23rd when guests will be addressed by former U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan, who with his wife, Debbie, has become a co-director of the national preservation advocacy organization, Preservation Action.

Register online for the preservation conference at www.preservemo.org or http://conference.red40net.com/registration/ For more information or to register by phone, please call 660.882.5946

Tickets to the Legacy Awards dinner are $30 for non-conference attendees and available for purchase at Old Town Cape (418 Broadway or 573-334-8085) and the Kellerman Foundation (573-587-3295).

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