CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Preservation Alliance of West Virginia will have its statewide historic preservation conference Sept. 27-29 in Jefferson County. This year's conference theme is "Sharing Stories, Learning Lessons: Truth & Triumph in Historic Preservation."
Preservation Alliance of West Virginia has partnered with the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission to offer this year's conference. During the conference, attendees will explore several Washington Family Homes, the downtown Shepherdstown historic district and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Attendees will participate in a hands-on masonry workshop, walking and driving tours, educational concurrent sessions, an awards banquet and the Preservation Alliance of WV annual meeting over the three-day period.
Nationally renowned speakers include John G. Williams, of Seattle, a member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Williams will give a full-day educational workshop that helps debunk outdated myths about historic preservation while focusing on the economics of historic preservation.
Ed McMahon, Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute, will give a keynote presentation during the historic preservation awards dinner banquet on Sept. 28, where preservation achievements in West Virginia will also be celebrated. McMahon is the former vice president and director of Land Use Planning for the Conservation Fund, where he helped to protect more than 5 million acres of historic and naturally significant land. Session presenters include professional archaeologists Dr. Kim and Dr. Stephen McBride of Kentucky; Donna Harris of Pennsylvania, and author of "New Solutions for House Museums;" and keynote speaker on Sept. 29 will be William Frazier, an architectural historian from Virginia.
Concurrent educational sessions will be held at the Quality Hotel and Conference Center in Harpers Ferry and Claymont Court in Charles Town. Sessions will highlight heritage tourism, organizational development and preservation skills with topics including historical archaeology, historic house museums, preservation technological tools and battlefield preservation. Additionally, American Planning Association certified planners can earn 3.75 certificate maintenance credits during the conference.
Those interested in attending educational sessions can participate in free activities. They will visit the exhibitor space for a chance to meet historic preservation authors or organizational leaders; tour historic Shepherdstown, led by Shepherd University's Dr. Keith Alexander; and participate in the preservation scavenger hunt.For more information on the schedule and fees for the conference, visit www.pawv.org, email i...@pawv.org, or call 304-345-6005.