Spokane Residents Encouraged to Attend Events During Upcoming National Preservation Conference

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual National Preservation Conference, held in Spokane from Oct. 31-Nov.3, welcomes local participation

Washington, D.C. - The National Preservation Conference—the premier gathering of its kind in the country—is coming to Spokane this week, and local residents are invited to participate in several events. The National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages local residents to experience and enrich the many conference sessions available to them. Information and a full list of events are below, and also at: www.preservationnation.org/npc-free.

Opening Plenary Session
Wednesday, October 31
5– 7 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox
“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.

Exhibit Hall
Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2
Noon – 5:30 p.m. Spokane Convention Center
The Exhibit Hall gives visitors direct access to more than forty goods and service providers, including historic preservation degree programs, tradespersons, window restoration specialists and state and federal preservation organizations. To enter the exhibit hall, members of the public should stop by registration in the lobby of the convention center to complete a brief form. A partial list of vendors may be viewed online.

First National Preservation Conference Powwow
Thursday, November 1
5–7 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, Hall A
Songs and dances have always been a very important part of the life of the American Indian. The public is 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.

Sparkling Masterpieces: Spokane’s Candlelight House Tour of Historic Homes
Thursday, November 1
7– 10 p.m.
The evening’s starry nights and twinkling lights beckon and guide people to some of Spokane’s most beautiful 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. Tickets available to the public through Spokane Preservation Advocates (509-344-1065).

Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards
Friday, November 2
6– 7p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox
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 excellence in the field. The public is invited to join the Trust in honoring this year’s award recipients on Friday, November 2 at the fabulous Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, home of the Spokane Symphony and winner of a 2010 National Preservation Award.

Closing Plenary Luncheon
Saturday, November 3
Noon–1:30 p.m., Grand Pennington Ballroom of the Davenport Hotel
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.  Tickets can be purchased ($25 for non-Preservation Leadership Forum members and $15 for Forum members) by e-mailing conference@savingplaces.org

Media registration for the conference is free. Members of the media can contact the National Trust Public Affairs Office at 202-588-6141 or email vmcdill@savingplaces.org

Registration is open now and throughout the conference. For more information about the National Preservation Conference and registration fees, visit:
www.PreservationNation.org/conference or call 202-588-6100.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. www.PreservationNation.org




The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. PreservationNation.org, @SavingPlaces