Dear Fellow Preservationists:
On behalf of the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks and Trails, and the conference planning committee, I am delighted to invite you to join us at our Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference, which will be held at the Historic Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, June 12th-14th, 2019. For the past sixteen years, this conference has brought together preservationists from around the state to exchange ideas and success stories, to share perspectives and solutions to preservation issues, and to foster cooperation within Arizona’s diverse preservation community.
The theme of this year’s conference, “Preservation is Everybody’s Business,” will bring the preservation community together to examine the myriad ways that preservation intersects with our daily lives. For archaeologists, historians and historical architects, the fields of cultural resource management and historic preservation are quite literally our “bread and butter,” bringing us fulfilling careers that pay the proverbial bills. We work collaboratively on best practices public policy issues to ensure that we put our best foot forward professionally and responsibly represent our industry to our clients and elected officials. For those of us who work as municipal planners or in the field of economic development, we recognize the value the historic built environment plays in crafting walkable environments, vibrant downtowns, and much needed reinvestment in local economies; and for those of us who volunteer our time to advocate for preserving our architectural and archaeological heritage, we understand the importance of ensuring that these assets are protected for future generations of Arizonans. Our tribal partners will also be the first to tell us that preservation is less a practice than a way of life, the commitment to which is necessary to maintain the health and well-being of their communities.
Indeed, we have a lot of business to take care of during these three days in June, and as always, you can expect to have a diverse panel of speakers and sessions to both inspire and spur creative thinking on the issues that bring us together.
And as always, I’m hoping that you will all join us for our Preservation Honor Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 13th. The 38th Annual Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards, presented by the State Historic Preservation Office and the Arizona Preservation Foundation, recognizes people, organizations, and projects that represent outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona’s prehistoric and historic resources. The 32nd Annual Governor’s Awards in Public Archaeology, selected by the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission, recognize excellence in archaeological awareness, conservation and education.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all in Prescott this June!
State Historic Preservation Officer
Arizona State Historic Preservation Office
Arizona State Parks & Trails