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The Arizona Preservation Foundation is Arizona's non-profit statewide historic preservation organization. Founded in 1979, the Foundation is dedicated to preserving Arizona's historic resources. This e-newsletter provides you with updates on Foundation activities and preservation news from across our state and nation's capital. Visit our website at azpreservation.org or our social media channels for more news and information.

Invitation to the 2024 Preserve AZ Conference & Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Awards

Dear Colleagues and Friends,


We are delighted to invite you to the 2024 Preserve AZ Conference and Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Awards, taking place in historic downtown Prescott. This year's conference, themed "Planning the Past, Preserving the Future," is set to be an enriching event filled with insightful sessions, hands-on workshops, and engaging activities. Join us from June 25-28, 2024, as we explore the critical intersections of historic preservation, archaeology, cultural resources management, architecture, and planning.


Conference Overview


Theme: Planning the Past, Preserving the Future


This year's theme pays homage to Prescott's Master Planning initiative, "Preserving the Past, Planning the Future." It underscores the importance of strategic foresight in heritage preservation, resonating with the goals of the Arizona State Historic Preservation Act and Office and the preamble of the National Historic Preservation Act. Our theme highlights that effective preservation requires deliberate planning and action, whether through zoning, financial incentives, or safeguarding archaeological resources. We aim to emphasize that our heritage is a cornerstone for future development, and it must be meticulously planned for preservation to ensure a thriving Arizona for generations to come.


Conference Highlights


Pre-Conference Workshops & Symposium

  • Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
  • Details: Pre-conference workshops and a symposium offering deep dives into specialized topics are included in the full conference registration rate. For day-only attendance, the fee is $40. These sessions are complimentary for presenters and tribal members. View one-pager here.


Conference Sessions

  • Dates: Wednesday through Friday, June 26-28, 2024
  • Description: Over the course of three days, participants will engage in various sessions covering a broad spectrum of topics in historic preservation, archaeology, cultural resources management, architecture, and planning. These sessions are designed to cater to professionals, volunteers, non-profit members, and state and local board and commission members.


Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Awards Ceremony

  • Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
  • Description: Celebrate the achievements and contributions of individuals and organizations dedicated to preserving Arizona's heritage at the Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Awards Ceremony. This prestigious event honors impressive restoration or renovation projects and those who have made significant strides in the field of historic preservation.


Tours and Activities

  • Experience Prescott's rich history and vibrant cultural landscape through guided tours and engaging activities. These supplemental events offer hands-on learning opportunities and a chance to connect with fellow attendees in a more informal setting.


Full Schedule and Descriptions


For a comprehensive schedule and detailed descriptions of pre-conference workshops, sessions, and events, please view here.


Registration and Fees


Conference Registration

  • Regular Rate: $345 (ends June 19, 2024)
  • Late Rate: $395
  • Register here


Hotel Registration


Our host hotel, the Hassayampa Inn, is sold out, but close by is the historic Hotel St. Michael at 205 W. Gurley St. Make your reservations by calling the hotel at 928-776-1999 or clicking on this link. Reference the 2024 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference and Group Code 2406AZHIST to receive the contracted rate of $125 (plus taxes). Room rates are subject to tax, which is currently 11.325%. Taxes are subject to change without notice. Guest accommodations will be available at 4 p.m. on your arrival day and reserved until 11 a.m. on your departure day. Reservations will require a credit card to be confirmed.


Scholarship Application


We encourage students and others who may need financial assistance to apply for scholarships. For more information and to apply, please click here.


Sponsorship Opportunities


We invite organizations and individuals to explore our sponsorship opportunities. Sponsorship is a great way to support historic preservation efforts and gain visibility among professionals and enthusiasts in the field. For more details, please view here.


Who Should Attend


The 2024 Preserve AZ Conference is tailored for:

  • Professionals seeking continuing education credits in historic preservation, archaeology, cultural resources management, architecture, and planning.
  • Members of the public involved in historic preservation and archaeology through volunteer activities and non-profit or state and local board and commission membership.
  • Elected leaders and staff of Arizona’s 22 Native American tribes, recognizing their special relationship with Arizona’s historic resources.


Join Us in Prescott!


Prescott, with its historic charm and beautiful surroundings, offers a perfect backdrop for this conference. It provides an inspiring setting to discuss, learn, and collaborate on the future of historic preservation. We are excited to welcome you to this vibrant community and look forward to your participation in what promises to be an exceptional event.


Don't miss this opportunity to connect with peers, gain valuable insights, and contribute to the preservation of Arizona’s rich heritage. Register today and be part of the movement to "Plan the Past and Preserve the Future."


Photo Credit: Allison J. Hahn, Shutterstock.com



The Most Successful Home + History Ever!

As Historic Preservation Month comes to a close, we wanted to reflect on our most successful Home + History Las Vegas ever, thanks to you! We had more attendees, sold more tickets, and raised more funding for our preservation work. We saw fantastic homes, lead fascinating tours, and had fabulous cocktail parties!

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Mark Your Calendars: May 1 - 4, 2025

Home + History returns next year! Tickets go on sale in December 2024. 

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Thank you for supporting historic preservation in Nevada. Our programming is one of the ways we support our historic preservation efforts. Please note that these tickets are nonrefundable in order to help continue supporting NPF’s future events and programming. 

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