Dear Fellow Preservationist:
The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, the Arizona Preservation Foundation, and the Town of Oro Valley is delighted to invite you to join us at the 15th Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference. This year’s conference, “It’s In Our Nature” will be held in the Town of Oro Valley in Pima County, June 14th-16th, 2017. The goal of the conference is to bring together preservationists from around the State to exchange ideas and success stories, to share perspectives and solutions to preservation issues, and to foster cooperation between the diverse Arizona preservation communities.
Preservation is in our nature; it is inherent in everyone. From the time we are very young, we possess the fundamental instinct to protect that which is important to us: our memories, our history, and places that affect our lives. At this year’s conference, we will focus on how nature affects preservation, whether protecting our historic and cultural resources from the damaging effects of nature, preserving our natural historic and cultural landscapes, or ensuring that our valuable resources are preserved within their natural setting. Nature touches every preservation project to some degree and should be considered a critical component when planning any preservation project.
The Preservation Awards will be the focal event of the conference. The 36th Annual Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards, presented by the State Historic Preservation Office and the Arizona Preservation Foundation, recognize people, organizations, and projects that represent outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona’s prehistoric and historic resources. The 30th Annual Governor’s Awards in Public Archaeology are also presented at the event. These awards, selected by the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission, recognize excellence in archaeological awareness, conservation and education. The awards make the conference more than a venue to learn, debate and network, but also a celebration of outstanding historic preservation efforts and achievements.
As we move forward, it is imperative that we not only consider nature in our efforts, but also embrace our inherent desire and fundamental nature to preserve and protect our valuable resources.
We hope to see you in Oro Valley in June.
Your 2017 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference
January 16, 2017 through March 17, 2017
March 18, 2017 through May 29, 2017
May 30, 2017 through June 16, 2017