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Docent-led virtual tour

Game Design & Cultural Heritage
Free next Tuesday (6/13)

Online @ Noon Pacific

Plus: Save the Date and Register - CPF Annual Meeting + Game Design & Historic Preservation Program on Fri, June 30th, 10 - 11:30 AM | Learn More Below

This webinar will present two case studies of how such institutions have developed partnerships to expand the range of community stories that they work to preserve. Staff from the Presidio Trust and the Adoption Museum Project will share their collaboration with community members on an exhibition, Operation Babylift: Perspectives & Legacies, that enriches the scope of the Presidio’s interpretive programs to include the legacies of the Vietnam War. We will then discuss Rita Cofield's work with members of the Watts neighborhood in South Los Angeles to protect the Black-centered programs of the Watts Happening Cultural Center. 

About the Panelists

Laura Callen organizes communities towards liberatory futures. For the last four years, she has been supporting other non-Native people to live in right relationship with the Lisjan Ohlone people in the territory of Huchiun where she lives (aka San Francisco East Bay). Prior to that, Laura founded and directed the Adoption Museum Project. This culture change project used arts and culture to explore the U.S. practice of adoption through a social justice lens, in order to create a more truthful and healing narrative of adoption. Laura was separated from her birth family as an infant through the U.S. domestic private adoption system.

Free Program

Next Tuesday!

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Please consider donating to CPF, which makes free public programs like this possible!

Rita Cofield, Getty Conservation Institute / Friends at Mafundi. Rita received her BA in Architecture and Planning from Howard University and a Masters in Heritage Conservation from the University of Southern California. She free-lances as a cultural resource manager and Public Historian with valuable experience in community-based projects. She is passionate about finding ways to re-insert multiple perspectives into the larger narratives of our history. She enjoys activities and projects that foster innovation when it comes to caring for historic resources in underserved neighborhoods. She also feels a moral responsibility to expose the youth in her community of Watts to preservation education, hands-on training in building conservation, and its rich history as a means to community engagement and pride.
Liz Melicker is an experienced museum professional with expertise in curatorial practice, including creative direction, research, content development, and collections management. She is the Curator for the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, in the traditional territory of the Yelamu, a local tribe of Ramaytush Ohlone. Liz leads the Trust’s curation program, preserving and sharing the Presidio’s collections with current and future generations. Public exhibitions at the historic Officers’ Club highlight these collections, and invite the public to consider how the park’s history is relevant today through participatory, co-created experiences. Liz has led award-winning exhibition projects recognized by the American Alliance of Museums and the Western Museums Association, including Operation Babylift: Perspectives & Legacies and EXCLUSION: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration. She holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Stanford University, and prior to joining the Presidio Trust in 2005, worked in cultural resource management in California and Hawai’i, her home state.

Join us for our Annual Meeting - Plus a Special Program on Video Game Design & Cultural Heritage

June 30th | 10 - 11:30 AM PDT | Free Webinar followed by Annual Meeting

Our shared historical reality can be redefined and more equitably told through the ubiquity of three-dimensional modeling, virtual reality, and more accessible video game design tools. Until recently communicating our history and telling difficult stories relied on two-dimensional methods like plaques, reports, photographs, and interpretive panels. 

This program will look at revolutionary methods for re-centering historic narratives and telling a more complete narrative of our historic resources through interactive video game design. The program will feature two widely recognized video game design initiatives that involve cultural heritage. 

Get Ready for the 2023 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference!

The 20th Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference will be in held in Tucson, October 25-28, 2023. With the theme "History in the Balance," the conference aims to address the significance and preservation of Arizona's rich historical heritage. Attendees can expect a diverse range of presentations, workshops, and discussions centered around the challenges and opportunities related to historic preservation in the state.

The conference will feature prominent speakers, including historians, archaeologists, preservationists, and experts in the field of heritage conservation. These individuals will share their knowledge and experiences, highlighting the importance of protecting and maintaining Arizona's historic sites, structures, and cultural traditions. Topics to be explored during the conference may include innovative approaches to preservation, sustainable practices, funding strategies, and community engagement in preserving historical resources. Attendees can also expect sessions focused on the documentation and interpretation of Arizona's history, showcasing the latest technologies and methodologies being utilized in the field.

The conference will facilitate networking opportunities for professionals and enthusiasts alike, fostering collaborations and partnerships to strengthen the preservation efforts throughout the state. Attendees will have the chance to engage in lively discussions, exchange ideas, and learn from one another's successes and challenges. Interesting weekend tours will be organized as well. (Photo: GM Vargas)

2023 Conference Fast Facts

  • Dates: 
  • Pre-conference Workshops, Oct. 25
  • Conference, Oct. 26-27
  • Governor’s Awards Luncheon, Oct. 26
  • Tours, Oct. 28
  • Conference Theme: History in the Balance
  • Headquarters: Tucson Convention Center
  • Registration: click here 
  • Early Rate, before Aug. 1, $255
  • Regular Rate, between Aug. 1 & Oct. 20, $295
  • Late Rate, after Oct. 20, $345
  • Official Conference Hotel:
  • DoubleTree by Hilton, 280 S. Church Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701
  • $139 per night (plus taxes)
  • Room block ends Oct. 3
  • For reservations, call 520-372-7100 or go online; reference 2023 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference
  • Call for Sessions: click here
  • Call for Awards: click here
  • Sponsorship Opportunities: click here

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