Preserve Iowa Summit upcoming


Des Moines—Registration is now open for the third annual Preserve Iowa Summit June 25-27 in Winterset, where historic preservation professionals and volunteers will gather for a wide range of educational sessions, activities and programs.

Coordinated by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ (DCA) State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission, the “2015 Preserve Iowa Summit: The Power of Preservation” is the premier statewide annual conference for historic preservation in Iowa. Register for the summit at

The summit is designed to help Iowans discover, preserve and enhance their communities’ unique history and sense of place, and the following people are encouraged to attend: historic property owners; members of historic preservation commissions; Main Street staff and board members; preservation professionals, consultants and enthusiasts; developers; planning professionals; local government officials; community leaders and civic organizations; architects; and citizens interested in quality of life issues.

Preservation Iowa will present its “Preservation at its Best” awards, and preservationists from across the state will share “Three-Minute Success Stories.”

Topics include: State and Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits, historic preservation grant programs; rural cemeteries and preservation; rehabilitation of historic interiors; board and commission development; and the preservation of historic brick, stone and plaster.

The conference will also feature an all-day Underground Railroad (UGRR) workshop, sessions about on-line teaching and research, and a tour of the historic Hitchcock House with Lane Trail Thoughts by Floyd Pearce. Registration for this workshop is include as part of the summit. Individuals not attending the summit may register for the UGRR workshop separately.

In addition, attendees can enjoy several “parklets” on Winterset’s Courthouse Square. These innovative temporary parks re-purpose parking spaces for seating, planting, art installations and conversation, and will be available for attendees to enjoy throughout the summit.

Attendees looking for some physical activity can join Rich Mills of the Madison County Bike Club and Leo Landis and Jess Rundlett of the State Historical Museum of Iowa on a 13-mile round-trip bicycle ride from the Cutler-Donahue Covered Bridge in Winterset’s City Park to Pammel State Park. Bike helmets are required and riders will need to sign a waiver. Advance registration is required.

Other activities include the “Meet Me at Cedar Bridge” reception, where attendees can enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and lie music while receiving a warm welcome from Winterset Mayor James Olson; a tour of the John Wayne Birthplace and Museum; a self-guided walking tour of Winterset gallery/studio spaces located in historically significant buildings; and a car caravan to Greenfield to see the recently rehabilitated E.E. Warren Opera House and the 1920 Hotel Greenfield.

During the summit, DCA staff will hold a State Nominations Review Committee Meeting to review nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The committee will consider nominations for Winterset’s Courthouse Square, a post-World War II school in Cedar Rapids, Manning’s downtown and many other interesting Iowa properties. The committee meeting is free and open to the public.

A special early bird registration is available until May 1 that offers a $30 discount off the $155 registration fee. Detailed information about the summit, sessions, speakers and registration is available at

For more information, contact Brenda Hollingsworth, Madison County Historic Preservation Commission, at or Paula Mohr, DCA’s State Historic Preservation Office, at


Courtesy of the Adair County Free Press and the Fontanelle Observer, 4/15/15.

Madison County Historic Preservation Commission Preserve Iowa Summit Winterset Fontanelle Observer State Historic Preservation Office Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Adair County Free Press Warren Cultural Center Greenfield

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