Thousands of Preservationists Will Gather in Spokane, Washington to Discuss the Power of Preservation to Create Jobs, Enrich Communities and Drive Social Change

The National Trust for Historic Preservation hosts its 66th Annual Conference from October 31st thru November 3rd

The National Preservation Conference—the premier gathering of its kind in the country—will bring nearly 2,000 attendees to Spokane, Wash., from October 31—November 3 to elevate the discussion of historic preservation as a community revitalization strategy, drawing heavily on Spokane’s impressive built heritage, as well as its Native American roots. The conference, now in its 66th year, is a forum for tackling some of the nation’s most pressing preservation issues, including jobs generation, sustainable development and the preservation of cultural resources on America’s public lands. The National Trust for Historic Preservation invites local residents to experience and enrich the many free conference sessions available to them. More information on the events is available at

“With its historic downtown buildings and rich Native American traditions in the surrounding region, Spokane is an ideal setting for this year’s National Preservation Conference,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Conference attendees will explore the city and region as a kind of living laboratory to inform our discussions on a range of leading-edge preservation topics, from sustainable development to job creation to resource protection on public lands. All of us are looking forward to enjoying—and learning from—all that Spokane has to offer.”

Kicking off the conference will be Annie Leonard, creator of the “Story of Stuff Project,” who will draw parallels between historic preservation and environmentally friendly consumerism. Also exploring the connections between environmental stewardship and historic preservation will be closing speaker and outspoken Seattle journalist Knute Berger.

Education sessions will convene the nation’s experts in leading-edge topics in historic preservation, such as quantifying preservation’s significant economic impact, its connection to sustainability and green building, the explosive growth in heritage tourism and the growing emphasis on saving buildings from our recent past. Field sessions will take attendees into the streets of Spokane and beyond, for tours of the city’s historic downtown area, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Grand Coulee Dam, and a rare tour inside the Hanford B Reactor--a little-known but vital piece of the World War II-era Manhattan Project. Forays into the surrounding region will give attendees an opportunity to visit sites of significance to the Spokane Tribe, the Kalispel Tribe, and Idaho’s Coeur D’Alene Reservation to learn about Native American traditions at these places.

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

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



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