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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 are strengthening 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 across the Commonwealth. 

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.

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.

Establishing Public and Private Partnerships in Historic Preservation
Taking place at the Cameron Foundation's headquarters, this session will use the city of Petersburg as a case study to drive a conversation about the value of establishing public and private partnerships in historic preservation. A guided tour will be provided for participants to discover which public and private entities are collaborating in the Petersburg area and how they’re promoting larger community wellness.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David J. Trowbridge, Marshall University 

Dr. David J. Trowbridge, associate professor of history and director of African and African American studies at Marshall University, is this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Trowbridge created Clio, a mobile app and website that helps users discover the history around them through a dynamic map that includes museums and historic landmarks.

Get Registered!

Preservation Virginia members can use promotional code PV2017 to receive a discount on registration (all memberships will be verified). Registration ends September 25.

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

The Virginia Preservation Conference is made possible because of the generous support from our sponsors. Contact Will Glasco for sponsorship opportunities at or 804-648-1889 ext. 311.