Preserve Iowa Summit
June 1-3, 2023
The Iowa State Historic Preservation Office is proud to present the 2023 Preserve Iowa Summit!
The Preserve Iowa Summit is the state’s premier conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation. Through expert presentations, workshops and tours, participants will learn new ways to preserve Iowa’s past for the future.
The 2023 summit will take place in Sioux City, where Iowa’s rolling prairies meet the Great Plains. The city has a rich and colorful history as a hub for frontier exploration, riverboats, railroads and much more. It’s home to the spectacular Woodbury County Courthouse, one of the world’s finest examples of Prairie School architecture, as well as the Sergeant Floyd Monument, which honors a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and became the country’s first National Historic Landmark in 1960.
The three-day program starts Thursday with some inspiration – an awards ceremony to honor the Preservation Projects of Merit, Excellence in Historic Preservation & Archaeology awards, and Preservation Iowa’s “Preservation At Its Best” – and wraps up Saturday with a round of how-to sessions specially designed for Iowans who work or volunteer at local historical societies and history museums across the state.
Who should attend?
- Historic property owners
- Members of historic preservation commissions
- Historic preservation, planning, interior design and architecture students
- Main Street staff and board members
- Preservation professionals and consultants
- Developers and planning professionals
- Local government officials, community leaders and civic organizations
The summit is a coordinated effort of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office, the city of Sioux City and the Sioux City Historic Preservation Commission. It is funded in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior.
Session proposals for the 2023 Preserve Iowa Summit are now open! Proposals are due January 27, 2023, and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office will notify applicants of selection in February 2023. Please submit ideas, here.
Possible session ideas include cultural landscapes, the recent past, preservation, sustainability, advocacy, rural preservation, establishing a non-profit organization, archaeology, historic craftsmanship, downtown/historic district development, preservation success stories, etc. If the proposed session is focused on historic preservation or sustainability, the material presented must be consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation.
Registration will open in the spring, so please check this site for details. We hope to see you in June!
The activity that is the subject of this project has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
The views and conclusions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government.