Major Speakers & Special Events
Wednesday, October 31, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
The Fox Theater
“The Story of Stuff Project” is an eye-opening chronicle of how our rampant consumerism and throw-away mentality undermines the quality of our planet and our lives. Keynote speaker Annie Leonard creator of the “The Story of Stuff Project” will draw parallels between preservation and environmentally friendly consumerism. This event will be held in the spectacular Art Deco Fox Theater, a 2010 Honor Award winner. To get the most from Annie’s talk, we recommend watching “The Story of Stuff” either online (www.storyofstuff.org) or at the Fox Theater before the commencement of the opening plenary session. The movie will begin at 4:30.
AIA/CES LU (HSW) 2.0 Session #sWE100
Forum Members-Only VIP Reception
Wednesday, October 31, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Forum members, stick around and enjoy a reception in the lobby of the Fox Theater to appreciate the spectacular detail of the award-winning restoration, and enjoy a drink with senior National Trust staff and keynote speaker Annie Leonard before you go on to the Opening Reception. Annie will also sign books at this event. Free and only for Forum members.
Not a member of National Trust Forum? Join with your registration and get the member discount.
Wednesday, October 31, 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Stroll down the street to the Davenport Hotel for this once-a-year opportunity to reconnect with your colleagues from around the country and forge new friendships. Experience another great Spokane “save,” and hear the story of the Friends of the Davenport and the family who saved this great hotel and revitalized downtown Spokane in the process. This is the most powerful networking event at the conference. This reception is included in the registration fee; all attendees and badged guests are welcome.
This Conference is for You: A Quick and Quirky Intro to the 2012 National Preservation Conference
Thursday, November 1, 8:00–8:18 a.m.
First timers and old hands alike will appreciate this 18 minute romp through the conference session line-up. We know it isn’t easy choosing among so many diverse and competing sessions, so we’ll a suggest some possible “tracks,” let you know about “must-attends” for certain themes, and make you think twice about skipping out on that third educational block of the day. We’ve looked at the content and we are betting that Spokane is destined to be one of the most thought-provoking and unconventional conferences yet—come learn why.
Conversation Starter Session You Say Wilderness, I Say Preservation! Good vs. Good on Public Lands and Beyond
Thursday, November 1, 8:30–9:45 a.m.
The Wilderness Act passed the US Congress in 1964, the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966, both seeking to protect what is unique and precious to our nation. How could two such inspired and important acts come to be in conflict? How could wilderness protection come at the expense of heritage preservation? We will look at the interpretation and application of these acts from the vantage points of their supporters including examples from recent court cases. Yet, the debate raging here is only one of many that pits historic preservation against other worthwhile endeavors. This session offers an opportunity to begin exploring ways to resolve such conflicts for the good of both sides.
AIA/CES LU (HSW ): 1.0 | Session #STH 100
Power Sessions in the Exhibit Hall
Thursday, November 1 & Friday, November 2
Join us in the Exhibit Hall Thursday and Friday for fun and interactive 30- and 45-minute sessions exploring a variety of topics. The session schedule will be online and in the Final Program.
Forum Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Thursday, November 1, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
NEW this year, and open to all attendees, Forum hosts a fun reception with our exhibitors which will include prizes, games, and programming.
First National Preservation Conference Powwow
Thursday, November 1, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Songs and dances have always been a very important part of the life of the American Indian. You are invited to join the Tribes of the Inland Northwest for a celebration of culture and rich history. See firsthand how Tribal traditions are preserved from generation to generation of the Interior Salish people. Free and open to the public.
Sparkling Masterpieces: Spokane's Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes
Thursday, November 1, 7:00–10:00 p.m.
The evening’s starry nights and twinkling lights beckon and guide you to some of Spokane’s most beautiful and coveted historic homes. Step into these architectural gems and experience the variety and artistry of baronial England, French gold leaf and Art Nouveau, American Craftsman, and streamlined mid-century modern traditions. Walk through history and learn about the homes’ original owners—some of Spokane’s most significant citizens, entrepreneurs, businessmen, social benefactors, civic leaders, and political giants. Finally, relax at the end of the evening at Cliff Aerie.
Ticket $45 | Session #ATH300—$45
Conversation Starter Session Telling Richer Stories of Place
Friday, November 2, 8:30–9:45 a.m.
Plan to be inspired as stewards of some of our nation’s most complex and challenging sites tell how they are reaching beyond traditional preservation and interpretation practices to tell a more powerful story of heritage and place. We’ll look at Native American cultural sites where preservation is less about site and more about people; Japanese internment camps with difficult stories to tell and few remnants remaining; and sites where interpretation has changed dramatically over time as their managers seek to tell a fuller story. In the twenty first century, historic sites stewards can no longer rely on traditional management models to sustain their sites and those seeking to protect and interpret diverse sites have few examples to guide them. This session is designed to bring many of those issues to the forefront and begin a dialog about where we go from here.
AIA/CES LU (HSW): 1.0 | Session #SFR 100
Preservation Action Silent Auction Closing and Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Friday, November 2, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards
Friday, November 2, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
This year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate outstanding excellence in the field. Join us in honoring this year’s award recipients on Friday, November 2 at the fabulous Fox Theater, home of the Spokane Symphony and winner of a 2010 National Preservation Award.
Live Auction and Party for Preservation
Friday, November 2, 7:30–11:00 pm
November 2nd is the Day of the Dead, so you’ll need to celebrate with the liveliest party this side of Mexico! It’s time to kick off your sensible pumps and loafers for an evening of dancing, eating, drinking and supporting the Preservation Action Foundation’s Live Auction! Join Preservation Action and the National Trust in the Falls Room of the intricate and intact Spokane Masonic Center.
Ticket $75 | Session #SFR400
Conversation Starter Session Beyond LEED: A Candid Conversation about Green Building Standards and Preservation
Saturday, November 3, 8:30–9:45 am
For years, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has overseen an unprecedented drive to make our nation’s buildings more energy efficient and lessen other environmental impacts of their construction and use. Concurrently, the preservation community has been investigating the energy and environmental benefits of historic buildings as well as retrofit strategies that can ensure that the reuse of an historic building is almost always as economically and environmentally advantageous as new construction. This session brings together USGBC officials and preservation specialists to consider how these initiatives might be more effectively aligned to achieve our common sustainability goals. A facilitated dialog will allow representatives of both USGBC and the preservation community to bring to the table their unique perspectives, constructive critiques, and useful proposals.
AIA/CES LU (HSW): 1.0 | Session #SSA 100
Closing Plenary Luncheon with "Mossback"
Saturday, November 3, Noon–1:30 pm
Outspoken journalist and Space Needle Writer-in-Residence Knute Berger will lead a wide-ranging discussion of sustainability and preservation. He is the author of the regional bestseller, Pugetopolis and the just-published Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle and in 2008 won the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer’s Annual Media Award for his coverage of preservation issues.
Ticket $15 | Session #SSA400