Preservation Nation Comes to Tulsa

The 2008 National Preservation Conference kicks off here in Tulsa this week.

What do you want to preserve?
The IPE Building
This event is the annual soiree of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The conference is a chance for preservation professionals, volunteers and supporters to network and exchange ideas for protecting America’s historic treasures. They chose our fair city for their 62nd hoedown because of our famous Art Deco skyline and deep ties to Route 66. My understanding is about 2,000 people from across the nation will attend the conference.

I will be attending and plan to report on the festivities at

The conference dates are October 21st through 25th. I am grateful to the Oklahoma Main Street Center for providing me the opportunity to attend. While the cost of registration is rather steep (upwards of $300), there are free events open to the public…

5:30 p.m. Tuesday
Oklahoma preservation story lecture featuring Oklahoma Historical Society executive director Bob Blackburn at First Presbyterian Church, 709 S. Boston Ave.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday
Exhibit Hall, open until 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Tulsa Convention Center, 100 Civic Center.

4 p.m. Wednesday
Opening Session with Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and former Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston Ave.

6 p.m. Thursday
National Preservation Awards, Will Rogers High School, 3909 E. Fifth Place

5:45 p.m. Friday
“The Romance of the Mother Road,” Historic Route 66 Lecture featuring author Michael Wallis, First United Methodist Church, 1115 S. Boulder Ave.

10:30 a.m. Saturday
Closing Session with historian Nell Irvin Painter and author Anthony Tung, Tulsa Convention Center

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