Call for Proposals

Conference Blends Education & Entertainment

To honor the conference’s 50th anniversary, we welcome proposals for sessions related to past, present, and future preservation efforts as well as innovative approaches to saving and restoring Indiana landmarks of any age.

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2019 Call for Session Proposals

To honor the conference’s 50th anniversary, we welcome proposals for sessions related to past, present, and future preservation efforts. Looking ahead to the next 50 years, we also invite session proposals concerning innovative approaches to preservation and the use of cutting-edge technology in saving and restoring Indiana landmarks of any age.

View the proposal form here. Completed proposals must be returned by Friday, August 31, 2018. Decisions will be made by mid-October.

2018 Conference Agenda

For your reference, we’ve compiled an archive of presentations from our 2018 event. The 2018 schedule is below. For a list of our 2018 speakers, visit Speakers & Panelists.


CAMP: Commission Assistance & Mentoring Program
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Columbus Area Visitors Center, 506 5th St, Columbus, IN 47201
Pre-registration required, $25.
Discover how to increase the effectiveness of local preservation commissions and learn from best practices drawn from throughout the country. The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions stages CAMP with a faculty of skilled preservation professionals.

Board Management Best Practices
1 – 3 p.m.

First Christian Church, 531 5th Street
Pre-registration required, $25.
Rebecca Kirby reveals tactics used by successful boards of directors to increase the effectiveness of grassroots neighborhood and preservation organizations. Sponsored by Indiana Landmarks’ Affiliate Council and open to all conference registrants.
Speaker: Rebecca Kirby, Metamorphosis Change Agents

Conference Registration
2 – 5 p.m.

First Christian Church, 531 5th Street
Free parking in church lots on Lafayette Street and the Visitors Center lot of 5th Street.

Tours of the Miller House
2 – 4:30 p.m.

Timed tickets, $25. Pre-registration required.
Tours leave from the Columbus Visitors Center, 506 Fifth Street. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.

Meet the Speakers Reception
5 – 7 p.m.

Upland Columbus Pump House
148 Lindsey Street
Experience a creative adaptive use project with a view of White River while sampling Upland’s craft beers in the 1903 pump house designed by Harrison Albright (also architect of the West Baden Springs Hotel).


Conference Registration & Bookstore
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

First Christian Church, 531 5th Street
Free parking in church lots on Lafayette Street and the Visitors Center lot of 5th Street.

Continental Breakfast
8 – 10 a.m.

First Christian Church, 531 5th Street
Free parking in church lot on Lafayette Street.

Field Session 1: Refreshing the Recent Past: Renovation of the Cummins Corporate Office Building
9 – 11:45 a.m.

Pre-registration required
Cummins headquarters, a 1983 design by Irish-born American Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kevin Roche, always shows up on the list of the city’s stellar modern designs. The company’s global headquarters provides engaging and inspiring experiences for employees and visitors. RATIO Architects explores how it plans to update the building while respecting the original design, restore iconic elements, and introduce improvements.
Moderator: Dave Kroll, Principal/Director of Preservation, RATIO Architects, Inc.
Speaker: Bill Browne, President, RATIO Architects, Inc.
Speaker: Sim Nabors, Director of Interior Design, RATIO Architects, Inc.

Tours of the Miller House
9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Timed tickets, $25. Pre-registration required.
Tours leave from the Columbus Visitors Center, 506 Fifth Street. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.

Educational Sessions
9 – 10:15 a.m.

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 1: Evaluating Post-World War II Housing
Between 1940 and 1976, the Indiana landscape drastically changed with the construction of nearly 900,000 housing units. Discover how federal, state, and local policies joined economic and cultural shifts and lead to the creation of new architectural styles, housing types, and suburban development. Find out about Indiana’s new National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form, which provides the planning and development context for future National Register nominations.
Speaker: Alan Higgins, Director, Architectural and Cultural History, Cultural Resources Analysts

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 2: Conserving Cultural Landscapes in the Public Realm
Some of our most important cultural landscapes, likes parks and boulevard systems, are held in the public domain. Unfortunately, well-intentioned municipalities often lack funding and landscape management training which threatens the preservation and vitality of these resources. Conservancies go beyond the typical roles of advocacy and fundraising done by Friends groups to commission cultural resource reports and develop comprehensive design guidelines for publicly held landscapes. Explore conservancy models from other states as we discuss the benefits of developing similar programs in Indiana.
Speaker:  Meg Storrow, President and Co-Founder Storrow Kinsella Associates
Speaker:  Seve Ghose, Director Louisville Metro Parks
Speaker:  Kent Schuette, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 3: Appreciation Starts at Home: Building Community Pride
Discover how two very different Indiana communities are creating a passion for preservation and architecture. Landmark Columbus celebrates the city’s design heritage through events and exhibits that attract locals as well as tourists from around the globe. Through hands-on projects, tours, and education, the Gary Decay Devils work to restore beauty and pride to neglected landmarks. Be sure to attend Educational Session 4 for more creative ideas.
Speaker: Richard McCoy, Director, Landmark Columbus
Speaker: Tyrell Anderson, President, Decay Devils

Educational Sessions
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 4: Telling Stories: DIY Creative Placemaking
Session 3 showcased creative programming in Indiana. In this session, you’ll hear from experts in other states about using local assets to inspire civic pride and create new preservation advocates. Find out how an arts festival in vacant grain elevators, creative signage, neighborhood coloring books, and Tiny Jane Jacobs dolls are helping preservationists reach diverse audiences in Columbus, Ohio and Buffalo, New York. (Sponsored by Indiana University’s Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series. Free and open to the public.)
Speaker: Sarah Marsom, Historic Preservationist, Sarah Marsom LLC
Speaker: Dana Saylor, Principal, Confluence Creative Engagement

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 5: Architectural Treasures
No trip to Columbus would be complete without a look at the outstanding collection in the Columbus Architectural Archives, founded in 1967. You’ll hear about the archives’ holdings in modern architecture, landscapes, planning, and public arts. You’ll also learn of recent additions to the architectural archives if the Indiana Historical Society, including letters and papers related to modern architecture from the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Collection, Indiana architectural firms, and historic bridges.
Speakers: Jordan Ryan, Architectural Archivist and Maire Gurevitz, Project Archivist both at Indiana Historical Society
Speaker: Tricia Gilson, Columbus Architectural Archives

Learn what Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Office and Indiana Landmarks are doing through their Michigan Modern and Indiana Modern initiatives to preserve and celebrate twentieth century architecture.
Speaker: Brian Conway, Michigan State Historic Preservation Officer, Michigan State Housing Development Authority
Speaker: Mark Dollase, Vice President Preservation Services, Indiana Landmarks

Lunch & Welcome
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Mayor James Lienhoop welcomes you to Columbus during the opening luncheon at First Christian Church

Plenary: The History of Columbus
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Following lunch, enjoy a look at Columbus history told through historic postcards.
Speaker: Dr. Tamara Iorio, Past Board Member, Bartholomew County Historical Society

Educational Sessions
2:45 – 4 p.m.

Each community has a distinct personality based on its history, institutions, and generational leadership. “The Columbus Way,” a term coined by a Harvard Business School case study, challenges the community to think about the future while still respecting the past. Discover how Columbus’s approach can help your community with planning and engagement.
Speaker: Jack Hess, Executive Director, CivicLab

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 8: Historic Preservation Commission Nuts and Bolts
Join commission members and staff for discussions on topics such as educating property owners, coordinating with governmental departments, addressing economic hardship cases, and establishing effective policies.  A round table format allows you to rotate among topics to share ideas and gain new insight.
Table Leaders: Maria Davis, Downtown Services Coordinator and Vivian Likes, Director, Economic Development and Planning Department, both with the City of Angola
Table Leader:  Deb Parcell, Community Preservation Specialist, Indiana Landmarks Northern Regional Office
Table Leader:  Nicole Schell, City Planner—Preservation Coordinator, City of Madison
Table Leader: Tavi Wydicks, Zoning Administrator, Town of Newburgh

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 9: The Easement as a Preservation Tool
Most historic Indiana properties covered by preservation easements are privately owned and occupied, so the protection provided must allow for continued use. Experts use case studies to explore best practices for organizations that accept easements (and owners considering easement donation), including selection of properties, monitoring, and enforcement. Discussion covers protection for outstanding interiors. Learn how you can help organizations that accept easements by identifying and working with owners of historic places worth protecting in this way. (Sponsored by Indiana University’s Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series. Free and open to the public.)
Speakers: Raina Regan, Senior Manager of Easements, and Anne Nelson, Associate General Counsel, both at National Trust for Historic Preservation
Speaker: Greg Sekula, Southern Regional Office Director, Indiana Landmarks

Indiana Preservation Awards
4 – 5:00 p.m.

Join the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology for the presentation of its annual awards celebrating the best preservation projects of 2017.

Preservation Action Plenary
5 – 5:30 p.m.

It’s been a nail-biting year for preservation legislation. Your persistent phone calls and letters to legislators helped us save the federal Historic Tax Credit. But you know better than to rest for long! An annual update from Preservation Action alerts you to lobbying needs, opportunities, and potential threats in 2018 and beyond.

Dinner & Plenary: No Mean City: Columbus and the Ambivalence of Hoosier Urbanism
6 – 8:30 p.m.

Eric Sandweiss uses research about ordinary people and places to see larger patterns in our culture. He’ll offer his perspective on how the history of Indiana’s cities helps us to understand the legacy of Cummins and the Miller family in Columbus.
Speaker: Eric Sandweiss, Carmony Chair and Professor of History, Indiana University

Downtown Down Time
8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Zaharakos, 329 Washington Street.

Ball State Alumni Reunion
9 – 11 p.m.

Upland Columbus Pump House, 148 Lindsey Street.
Join Ball State alumni for conversation and networking. Cash bar, no RSVP necessary. Sponsored by Ball State University Historic Preservation Program.


Conference Registration & Bookstore
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

First Christian Church, 531 5th Street
Free parking in church lots on Lafayette Street and the Visitors Center lot of 5th Street.

Continental Breakfast
8 – 9 a.m.

First Christian Church, 531 5th Street
Free parking in church lots on Lafayette Street and the Visitors Center lot of 5th Street.

Plenary: The Value and Values of Preservation
9 – 10:15 a.m.

Donovan Rypkema, a dynamic and entertaining speaker, reveals the results of his firm’s major study of the economic impact of historic preservation in Indianapolis. Great ammunition for convincing decision makers in your community to support preservation!
Speaker: Donovan Rypkema, Principal, PlaceEconomics, Washington, DC

Educational Sessions
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 10: Adding On: Infill Construction in Local Historic Districts
Join preservation commission experts for a discussion of the characteristics of successful infill design, dealing with new materials, and common project management problems and solutions. You’ll learn about the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission’s new construction review process as well as how smaller commissions deal with new construction, with examples of successful projects.
Speaker: Meg Purnsley, Administrator, City of Indianapolis’ Historic Preservation Commission
Speaker: Laura Renwick, Community Preservation Specialist, Southern Regional Office, Indiana Landmarks

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 11: Challenges and Opportunities for Historic County Homes
All of Indiana’s 92 counties once had county homes; a little over 40 remain. They’ve been disappearing so quickly that Indiana Landmarks included county homes on its 10 Most Endangered List a few years ago. Panelists discuss the historical and architectural importance of these sites, show how one county home continues to operate as a residence for elderly citizens, and outline the challenges of finding new adaptive uses for vacant county homes.
Moderator: Mark Dollase, Vice President of Preservation Services, Indiana Landmarks
Speaker: Dr. James Glass, Principal, Historic Preservation & Heritage Consulting, LLC
Speaker: James McBryant, Administrator, Cypress Manor
Speaker: Kurt West Garner, Principal, Kurt West Garner Preservation-Consulting-Design

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 12: The Future of the Past: Using Virtual Reality to Explore Architecture
Measured drawings and photographs were once the chief methods of documenting buildings. Today, virtual reality technology allows an interactive exploration of buildings past and present. See how the Indiana State Museum and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis use virtual reality to document Bethel AME Church in Indianapolis prior to its conversion to a hotel.
Speaker: Kisha Tandy, Assistant Curator of History and Culture, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
Speaker: Dr. Andrea Copeland, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Library and Information Science, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Indianapolis

Lunch On Your Own
11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Educational Sessions
2 – 3:15 p.m.

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 13: The Archaeology of Imbibing
Whether produced legally or made in bootleg backwoods stills, alcohol has played a part in our collective history. Learn how an archaeological find changed how Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Distillery tells its story to visitors. Archaeologists also discuss illegal operations and the evidence they look for to prove a farmer back in the day was not just growing corn.
Speaker: Cassie Medeiros, Archaeologist, Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research
Speaker: Nick Laracuente, Archaeology Review Coordinator, Kentucky Heritage Council

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 14: Evaluating and Preserving Midcentury Commercial Facades
Commercial architecture of the mid-twentieth century introduced sleek designs and new materials in old downtowns. Today, many of these facades are showing their age, and some cover nineteenth century storefronts. An expert offers tips on preserving significant modern storefronts through the updating of design guidelines, education of business owners, and sensitive façade renovation.
Speaker: Carol J. Dyson, AIA, Tax Incentives Coordinator and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Illinois State Historic Preservation Office

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 15: The Preservation of Indiana’s Courthouses
Indiana maintains an impressive collection of historic courthouses from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Despite their iconic status, and National Register listing, deferred maintenance and lack of expansion space still threaten some courthouses. Case studies from Washington and Decatur counties outline courthouse preservation efforts and suggest how you can be proactive to avert preservation crises.
Speaker: Scott Drake, Historic Preservation Specialist, Arsee Engineers

Educational Sessions
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 16: Using Archaeology to Improve Interpretation and Listing in the National Register
When listing a building in the National Register, consider potential resources buried deep in the ground that could supplement the site’s history. Archaeologists show how the Lew Wallace Study in Crawfordsville and the Lanier Mansion in Madison used archaeology to enhance the above-ground story.
Speaker: Anne Bader, Archaeologist
Speaker: Anne Shaw Kingery, Principal Investigator, Architectural History and Archaeology, NS Services
Speaker: Bill Wepler, Archaeologist

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 17: Toolbox for Acquiring Zombie Properties and Other Foreclosures
You may know of zombies as dead people given the semblance of life, but will-less and mute. Sadly, the same name and condition applies to properties caught in foreclosures that drag on for years. Learn the details of the foreclosure process, including tax and sheriff sales purchases, and discover how municipal liens can help you restore life to zombie properties.
Speaker: Jarrad Holbrook, Director, Southeast Field Office, Indiana Landmarks
Speaker: Matthew Portner, General Counsel, SRI
Speaker: Emily Mack, Director, Department of Metropolitan Development, City of Indianapolis

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 18: The Landscapes of Dan Kiley
Details to come.
Speaker: Mark Eischeid, Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon

Dinner & Tour: Strap On the Feed Bag
6 – 8:30 p.m.

Shuttles leave at 5:30 & 5:45 p.m.
Henry Breeding Farm
How many times have you passed that beautiful Italianate farmstead on I-65 near the Edinburgh Outlet Mall and wondered, “What is that place?” It’s the Henry Breeding Farm, owned by the Bartholomew County Historical Society, your host for dinner. Before you strap on the feed bag at the buffet in the barn, tour the farmhouse and enjoy historical vignettes that tell the story of Columbus through spirits (the kind you drink!).


Conference Registration & Bookstore
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

First Christian Church, 531 5th Street
Free parking in church lot on Lafayette Street.

Continental Breakfast
8 – 10 a.m.

First Christian Church, 531 5th Street
Free parking in church lot on Lafayette Street.

Field Session 2: Got Leaks?
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Pre-registration required.
Water is one of the most common and frustrating challenges in building maintenance. Water infiltration leads to deterioration of interior finishes and structural systems, causes air quality issues, and results in costly repairs if unaddressed. The field session introduces you to various building envelopes designed and constructed from the nineteenth century to present to highlight the sources of leaks and repair options. First Christian Church serves as one of several case studies covered in the session.
Speaker: Logan J. Cook, Associate III, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Speaker: Bruce S. Kaskel, Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Speaker: Louis Joyner, Principal, Louis Joyner Architect

Educational Sessions
9 – 10:15 a.m.

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 19: Clickable Archives
Thanks to the rapid digitization of archival resources, new architectural resources go online daily. With the click of a mouse, records once only searchable in person are available worldwide. Explore Indiana architecture collections hosted by the Indiana Historical Society and the Society of Architectural Historians’ Archipedia, along with nineteenth and twentieth century building material catalogs available in the Building Technology Heritage Library of the Association for Preservation Technology.
Speaker: Kathy Mulder, Digitization Assistant, Indiana Historical Society
Speaker: Ben Ross, Historic Preservation Specialist, RATIO Architects, Inc.
Speaker: Scott Drake, Historic Preservation Specialist, Arsee Engineering

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 20: Sustainability, Climate Change, and Heritage
Extreme temperature fluctuations, floods, and fires are climate change factors that threaten historic structures. While measures to monitor, report, and mitigate these effects are taking place, should preservationists consider proactive steps to deter the effects of climate change on landmarks? Learn what the 2016 New Urban Agenda, recommends to promote sustainability of cultural resources over the next 20 years.
Speaker: Jonathan Spodek, Director, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, Ball State University

EDUCATIONAL SESSION 21: Cultural Landscape Preservation
Speaker: Ben Wever, Site Manager, Miller House, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Plenary Session: Charrette Report
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Students from design, preservation, and architecture programs worked with community leaders in Columbus to formulate ideas for two historic downtown buildings that need improvement. Check out the charrette results, which feature adaptive uses and ideas to take back to your community.

Luncheon & Plenary: Reset to Default: Making Preservation the New Norm
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Preservationists have long known that the greenest building is one that already exists. The National Trust’s Preservation Green Lab looks at the way historic buildings naturally conserve energy while contributing to the vitality, health, and sustainability of communities. Great data and discussion topic to take home!
Speakers: James Lindberg, Senior Director, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Green Lab

Tours of the Miller House
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

$25/person. Timed Tickets. Pre-registration required.
Tours leave from the Columbus Visitors Center, 506 Fifth Street. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.

Tour of the Irwin Conference Center
1:45-3:00 p.m.

Pre-registration required. Tour begins at 500 Washington Street.
See the former Irwin Union Bank designed by Eero Saarinen in 1954 with a 1973 addition by Kevin Roche, a National Historic Landmark converted by Cummins to new use as the Irwin Conference Center.


During educational sessions, explore our conference headquarters, Eliel and Eero Saarinen’s First Christian Church, built in 1942, and I. M. Pei’s 1969 Cleo Rogers Memorial Library—the flagship of the Bartholomew County Public Library system. Two of our meals take us inside The Commons, adapted from Cesar Pelli’s original design with the kinetic sculpture Chaos I by Jean Tinguely. As part of your conference registration, you can sign up for a special conference tour of the J. Irwin and Xenia Miller House. The National Historic Landmark, designed by Eero Saarinen in 1953, features original interiors by Alexander Girard and a landscape by the renowned Dan Kiley. You can also sign up to tour the former Irwin Union Bank, a National Historic Landmark designed by Eero Saarinen in 1954 with a 1973 addition by Kevin Roche. To take advantage of the Columbus Area Visitors Centers’ self-guided smartphone tours and downtown walking tours, visit