"Preservation Equals Progress"
October 5-7, 2006
The 2006 Arkansas Preservation Conference was held in Hot Springs, October 5-7. The theme for 2006 was Preservation Equals Progress and offered a variety of sessions ranging from 20th Century Architecture to the Economics of Preservation.
Two pre-conference workshops were held on Thursday- Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP) for Arkansas Historic District Commissioners and a Historic Schools Workshop. The conference officially kicked off on Thursday evening with an opening reception at the Old Post Office hosted by Selected Funeral and Life Insurance Company.
On Friday, the conference educational sessions were held with two separate topic tracks. The first track was a day-long seminar produced by the National Preservation Institute, entitled Identification and Evaluation of Mid-20th Century Buildings. The course was led by James Massey and Shirley Maxwell, historic preservation consultants and writers and contributing editors to Old House Journal. The second track focused on the Economics of Preservation and featured a number of preservation and economics experts from across the country. Speakers included:
David Arning, Developer, Holrob Investments, Knoxville, TN
Daniel Carey, Director of the Southwest Office of the National Trust
Josie Fernandez, Superintendent, Hot Springs National Park
Tom Marr, Rehabilitation Tax Credit Coordinator, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
Andy Ham, Urban Trust, LLC, Jacksonville, FL
Bob Kempkes and Anthony Taylor, Taylor Kempkes Architects PA, Hot Springs
Katrina Ringler, Kansas State Historical Society
Heather Seifert, Preservation Oklahoma
During lunch on Friday, Dr. Mike Lahr of Rutgers University and Ken Gruenwald, AHPP Director, presented the findings of the Economic Impact Study of Historic Preservation in Arkansas. The 2006 Arkansas Preservation Awards Banquet at the Arlington Hotel was held Friday evening at the Arlington Hotel. Michael Dougan, Professor at Arkansas State University, was the keynote speaker and talked about "My Life Among Termites, Bats and Preservationists".
On Saturday morning, several tours were offered for conference attendees. Josie Fernandez, superintendent of Hot Springs National Park, led a tour of the Medical Director's Residence. The tour then visited several historic homes in the Quapaw/Prospect Historic District.