Tulsa in the Spotlight

Architecture buffs and preservation enthusiasts from across the country will head to Tulsa in October for the 2008 National Preservation Conference. This year's theme: "Preservation in Progress." Sessions and lectures will address cultural diversity (with former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller delivering the opening speech), sustainability, historic roads, rural revitalization, and modernism.

Conference sessions will convene at several Tulsa landmarks, including the 1929 Boston Avenue Methodist Church and the 1924 dance hall at Cain's Ballroom. Attendees can also explore Tulsa's dazzling art deco buildings and historic neighborhoods as well as other Oklahoma treasures, including Guthrie (one of the country's largest National Register districts, known for its Victorian structures), downtown Sapulpa (called the Heart of Route 66 for its 1950s drive-in and other Mother Road landmarks), and Ponca City (a restored 1920s oil boomtown).

The conference runs Oct. 21-25. Sign up or learn more at PreservationNation.org/resources/training/npc.  ­