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Education Sessions

Our Education Sessions covered a variety of topics from preservation experts in our community. Some sessions qualified for continuing education credits by the American Institute of Architects (AIA)  and American Planning Association (APA).  Sessions were held April 30, from 9 AM to 4:15 PM at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple at 650 East South Temple in Salt Lake City.


Session Schedule and Titles





Our early bird registration period ran through April 20, gave the option of getting all four education sessions with All-In-One registration for $100, or choosing any number of individual sessions for $15 per session.  From April 21 through the 27, when all advance registration ends, and at the door on April 30, All-In-One registration was $125.  All-In-One registration also included admission to Breakfast and Brainstorming,  Heritage Awards Luncheon, and one Historic Homes Tour ticket.  Registration for individual sessions was per session time and not for any specific session topic.   Membership in Utah Heritage Foundation was strongly encouraged with your conference registration.  Your basic membership helps UHF provide our award-winning, quality programming like this conference and homes tour for reasonable prices, as well as giving free year-round tours and education programs for children.  All registrants checked-in at the Masonic Temple previous to attending their session.

Education Session Schedule and Titles

All sessions will took place inside the Masonic Temple.  We will post presentation materials as we received them.  Call (801) 533-0858 extension 107 for additional details on any session.

April 30

9 AM to 10:15 AM

Rehab it Right! The Benefits of Regular Maintenance

Through providing annual maintenance and regular checks for home safety, every historic house can increase its longevity and efficient operation. Advice and tips emphasizing the importance of maintaining the investment in your historic building as well as ideas on how to create a cyclical maintenance plan will be provided in this session.

Presenter: Carl O. Leith, Senior Historic Preservation Planner, Salt Lake City Corporation
This session qualified for AIA continuing education credits.

Take Action: Fight Demolition in Your Community

Only through your personal involvement can your community maintain its historic character. By taking the right steps in research, documentation and advocacy, you can work with others and your city to make preservation a priority.

Presenters: Cindy Cromer, Community Activist
  Download Cindy Cromer's handout
Caitlin Gochnour, Ogden City Council
Anne Oliver, Principal, Oliver Conservation Group

This session qualified for AIA continuing education credits.

Preservation Strategies: Prioritizing History for Success

Documentation, surveying and rehabilitation are major components of a successful preservation project. Gathering and preserving information is as important as the project itself. Learn how to stage and execute a well-rounded preservation project from the experts.

Presenters: Thomas Carter, Professor, University of Utah, College of Architecture + Planning
Peter Goss, Architectural Historian and Photographer
Robert Young, Professor, University of Utah, College of Architecture + Planning

This session qualified for AIA continuing education credits.

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

Rehab it Right! Success Stories:  All Preservationists go to Heaven

Fire, flood, pestilence...and miracles. Preservation doesn't always take on biblical proportion, but the private renovation of two century-old churches sure did. Witness history in the remaking as we discuss the conversion process of the Liberty Chapel and Ogden's First United Methodist Church–buildings worthy of praise.

Presenter: Jed Platt, Jefferson Square
This session qualified for AIA continuing education credits.

Affordable Mid-Century Modern Resources Roundtable

Want to go modern but need more ideas? Finding that perfect modern accent or redoing an entire house can be a major challenge in Utah. Get over the brain freeze with a discussion with our panelists about how to source materials, furniture, and other items from the mid-century era.

Presenters: Kathryn Anderson, Architect
Creede Fitch, grassrootsmodern.com
Ron Green, The Green Ant

Stayin' Alive in Rural Utah: Dance Halls, Theatres & Heritage Tourism

Preservation is a rural community's way to revitalize an entire Main Street, town, or hold a historic event. All of these efforts bring more people to your community and make it a better place for the residents. See how creative methods of historic preservation in rural Utah are helping communities not only stay alive but live well.

Presenters: Monte Bona, Director, Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area
Debra Meyer, Community Programs Director, USDA Rural Development
Dave Taylor, Fairview City Manager

1:30 PM to 2:45 PM

Rehab it Right! State of the Art: New Technology in Preservation

The practice of preserving historic buildings is experiencing a rise in the use of technology for evaluation, assessment and conserving historic materials. Most significantly, the use of technology is being applied to make historic buildings as sustainable as new construction. Learn when technology can benefit preservation and when traditional methods and materials will still produce the best outcomes.

Presenters: Don Hartley, Historical Architect, Utah Division of State History
Alan DeMann, Business Manager, McNeil Group

This session qualified for AIA continuing education credits.

Get a Reaction: Preserve Utah's Nuclear Age

World War II launched several new ideas in America. One of the most closely watched was the race to build new atomic weapons, creating a political tension that increased worldwide. As the Point of departure for the Enola Gay's flight to Japan, to the biggest uranium strike in the country, Utah was at the center of the nuclear age. Participate in a discussion about how to move these modern resources toward preservation.

Presenters: Kirk Huffaker, Executive Director, Utah Heritage Foundation
Ray Morris, Historic Wendover Airfield Foundation

Building an Effective Board or Commission

Boards and Commissions are the foundation for getting historic preservation done locally. But is your group working effectively? Pick up strategies to immediately benefit your members and organization, and get your ideas and projects on track by working together.

Presenter: C. Frances Gillmor, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Intermountain Area

3 PM to 4:15 PM

Rehab it Right! Weatherization: The Next Big Thing

Weatherization is the next big buzzword for rehabilitation. It's part of the congressional stimulus package and is being discussed as the foundation to build a more efficient historic home. Come learn the basic principles of weatherization to make buildings more efficient and what incentives are available.

Presenters: Chris Hansen, Utah Division of State History
Nelson Knight, Utah Division of State History

This session qualified for AIA continuing education credits.

Art of the State: Creating Successful Cultural Centers

Each community thrives with successful cultural centers in historic buildings. The arts and culture continue to attract new and diverse audiences as well as rehabilitate unique structures, so projects are constantly under consideration. Using case studies that show a variety of scale and use, determine what type of cultural center could best serve your area.

Presenters: Wally Bloss, Executive Director, Cache Valley Center for the Arts  Download Wally Bloss' presentation (64 MB)
Nola Duncan, Chairman, Sugar Factory Arts Campus Project
  Download Nola Duncan's handout
Bob Herman, Edwards & Daniels Architects

Architecture in Focus: Taking Great Architectural Photos

Famed modernist photographer Julius Shulman has been quoted for saying, "What good is a dream house if you haven't got a dream?" Come get those rules of thumb for taking that perfect photograph of your dream house, as well as taking a look at how photography influences architecture and assists in preservation efforts.

Presenter: Amanda Moore, Professor of Photography, Westminster College



Conference attendees could park behind the Masonic Temple for free.  There are two entrances to the parking lot south of the building:

  • From eastbound South Temple, turn in the driveway along the west side of the Temple.
  • From southbound 700 East, turn into the parking lot south of the Anniversary Inn.


We also encouraged attendees to use any one of the public transit options available for reaching the Masonic Temple.  Particularly UTA bus route 209 makes regular stops close to the Temple.  Visit the UTA website for specific route information.


Volunteers at Utah Preservation Conference received free admission to all sessions.  For details on volunteer opportunities, contact Utah Heritage Foundation's Volunteer Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 801 533-0858 extension 104.

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