Conference Agenda

Conference Blends Education & Entertainment

An opening reception in a private home, keynote addresses by national experts, tours, and meals in historic sites anchor two full days of educational talks and panel discussions.

Conference Tracks

Follow the education sessions in a single track or dip into sessions from each theme.

Community Revitalization
The track includes sessions on legal and advocacy strategies for maintaining local historic designation, place-based revitalization, master plans as a foundation for action, façade grant programs, and using volunteers for preservation projects.

Preservation Technology
Learn about refinishing hardwood floors, investigative and testing procedures for historic materials, and dealing with accidental archaeological discoveries.

Staying Connected
Featured sessions cover how to create quality videos with cellphones, and using electronic media for outreach

Provoking Thought & Discussion
Topics in this track include preserving Miami Tribe places and traditions, debunking nineteenth-century photography tricks, exploring careers in preservation, and what’s new in graduate program research.

Pre-conference Workshops


CAMP: Commission Assistance & Mentoring Program 

8:30 AM-4 PM
$10/person includes lunch. Pre-registration required.
No need for bug spray or sleeping bags at this CAMP. You’ll 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.

Section 106 Workshop

10 AM-3 PM
Free, with lunch on your own. Pre-registration required.
Find out about the latest methods for quickly and efficiently steering projects through Section 106 review. Learn how to use SHAARD and SHAARD GIS databases.
Speaker & Moderator: Ashley Thomas, Historic Structures Reviewer, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Speakers, all from Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology: Cathy Draeger-Williams, Archaeologist; Holly Tate, Architectural Historian; Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives



Conference Registration

2-5 PM
Honeywell Center Lobby, 275 W. Market St.

Meet the Speakers Reception

5-8 PM
Home of Parker and Katie Beauchamp
180 N. Miami St., Wabash
The Beauchamps welcome you to their Tudor Revival home in the Old Wabash Historic District, where the city’s elite lived in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The interior woodwork is a stunning testament to the talents of the Wabash Cabinet Company, whose executive, Marland Gardner, built the house in 1903.


Conference Registration & Bookstore

8 AM-4 PM
Honeywell Center Lobby, 275 W. Market St.
Free parking in lot north of Honeywell Center

Continental Breakfast

8-10 AM
Honeywell Center Lobby

Hands-On Workshops

9-11:45 AM
Pre-registration required

Refinishing Hardwood Floors
Scratched, damaged, or dull hardwood floors show their age, but the beauty can be recovered. Learn about the origins and basic construction of wood floors in this session, with hands-on instruction in the basic skills needed to repair damaged floors. It will be dusty work, so wear casual clothes and sturdy shoes.
Moderator: Paul Hayden, Director, Indiana Landmarks North Central Field Office
Speaker: Steve Szaday, Preservation Specialist, Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and Saint Joseph County

Smartphone Filmmaking: Learn How to Do It Right
Do you realize that you have sophisticated, inexpensive filmmaking equipment in your pocket? Your smartphone offers a viable and creative way to tell the story of your community or project. Learn from a pro how to use your smartphone to visually communicate ideas, messages, and research.
Speaker: Rocky Walls, CEO, 12 Stars Media

Educational Sessions

10:30-11:45 AM

Defeating De-designation: Legal and Advocacy Strategies for Maintaining Local Historic Designation
In 2013, the Indiana State Legislature amended the law governing the establishment and regulation of local historic districts to include a “de-designation” provision. Learn the process a property owner may use to petition a city council to de-designate a local landmark, and the administrative steps that the city, historic preservation commission, and council must follow. You’ll also hear about advocacy strategies to maintain designation, with the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Haynes House in Fort Wayne—the first property to employ the 2013 amendment—as an example.
Speaker: Jill McDevitt, Executive Director, ARCH
Speaker: Andrea Kern, Historic Sites Surveyor, ARCH
Speaker: Creager Smith, Historic Preservation Planner, City of Fort Wayne

Careers in Preservation
Join preservation professionals for an exploration of the varied careers offered in the field. Community planning, economic development, research, construction trades, materials conservation, architecture, and engineering are just the start. Turn your passion for preservation into full-time employment!

The Unexpected in Your Project: What Lies Beneath
Despite the best due diligence, unexpected archaeological discoveries can occur even in previously disturbed areas. A panel of professional archaeologists explain the laws related to accidental finds and suggest the best way to keep your project on track while protecting artifacts.
Moderator: Amy Johnson, State Archaeologist and Archaeology Outreach Coordinator, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Speaker: Ryan Peterson, Senior Archaeologist, Cardno
Speaker: Amy Favret, Senior Archaeologist, AECOM

Lunch & Welcome

Noon-2 PM

The History of Wabash
The opening luncheon replaces an all skate session in the 1950s roller rink, where the Mayor welcomes you and local historian Pete Jones gives a recap of the history of Wabash. He traces the city’s origin as a Native American trading post, to its role as a Wabash and Erie Canal town and train stop, before acquainting you with the current mix of industry, entertainment, retail and heritage tourism destinations. And he won’t forget the big newsmakers—electrical lights and a rogue circus elephant.
Master of Ceremonies: Marsh Davis, President, Indiana Landmarks
Speaker: Honorable Scott A. Long, Mayor, City of Wabash
Speaker: Pete Jones, Independent Researcher

Educational Sessions

2:30-3:45 PM

Place-Based Revitalization in Indiana
Place-based revitalization capitalizes on a community’s existing resources. Learn about funding resources, perceived hurdles, and best-practices for bringing place-based revitalization strategies that focus on the role of historic downtown buildings in creating vibrant places to live, work and play.
Speaker: Colette Childress, Project Manager, Office of Community and Rural Affairs
Speakers: Carmen Lethig, Placemaking Manager, and Ryan Hamlett, Southeast RED Production Analyst, both at Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority

Investigative Testing Techniques for Historic Materials
Historic preservation often involves materials and systems which are no longer prevalent in current construction practices. Understanding the construction, performance and failure mechanisms of these systems is essential to providing appropriate, durable, and economically feasible restoration and preservation solutions. Preservation experts will address testing of materials and systems such as masonry, terra cotta, concrete, coatings, metals, and wood, revealing their capabilities and limitations.
Moderator: David Duvall, Historical Architect and Tax Credit Administrator, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Speakers: Logan Cook, Associate III, and Ross Smith, Associate Principle, both at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

New Research: Student Masters Theses
Young scholars and emerging professionals in historic preservation and related fields present original research from their recent Masters theses. The speakers used resources from within the state and beyond to interpret historic places, preserve and restore the built environment, and develop context—all information that might help you with your next project.
Moderator: Melanie Hankins, Cornelius O’Brien Intern, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Speakers: Kyle Huskins, Master’s Degree Candidate in Sociology, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis; Mitchell Knigga, Master’s Degree Candidate in Historic Preservation, Ball State University; Kayla Lutz, Master’s Degree Candidate in Historic Preservation, Ball State University


4-5:30 PM

Rock City Lofts Hard-Hat Look
Tour begins on site, 25-45 E. Market St.
Check out a Stellar Community work-in-progress that is creating affordable senior housing and retail opportunities in a historic commercial building. Note: Building will also be on tour Thursday during the Plans & Progress II session from 2-3:15 p.m. ‹‹‹ This is an active construction site. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. ›››

Honeywell Center: Backstage and Beyond
Tour begins in Honeywell Center Lobby, 275 W. Market St.
Visit seldom seen spaces including the Olivette Room, a replica of Mark Honeywell’s yacht, the backstage workings of the theater, and the Tower Room.

Jailed and Confused
Tour begins on site, 31 W. Main St.
What do you do with a decommissioned 1880 Sheriff’s Residence and Jail? Take a tour and help Indiana Landmarks brainstorm a new use.

Dinner & Plenary 

6-8 PM

Starting a Revolution: How Wabash Helped Shape a Small Business Movement
Learn the philosophy behind the Deluxe Corporation’s Small Business Revolution, banking that the future of community revitalization belongs to Mom and Pop shops.
Speaker: Cameron Potts, Vice President of Public Relations and Community Management, Deluxe Corporation
Sponsored by Indiana University’s Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series, the talk is free and open to the public.

Downtown Down Time

8:30-10:30 PM

It’s time to play! Relive your youth in the Parkview Education Center of the Wabash County Historical Museum (36 E. Market St.). Let your inner child explore a canal boat, a round barn, and hands-on activities that encourage creativity and imagination. If you prefer your fun sitting down, come to preservation trivia night at the Charley Creek Inn (111 W. Market St.).

Ball State Alumni Reunion

9-11 PM
Honeywell Center, Olivette Room and Mezzanine
Modeled after Mark Honeywell’s yacht, the upper-level Olivette Room welcomes Ball State alumni for conversation and networking. Cash bar, no RSVP necessary. Sponsored by Ball State University Historic Preservation Program.


Conference Registration & Bookstore

8 AM-4 PM
Honeywell Center Lobby, 275 W. Market St.
Free parking in lot north of Honeywell Center

Affinity Group Breakfasts

7:30-8:45 AM
Honeywell Center
Rise and shine for extra networking with special interest groups. Grab coffee and pastries from the breakfast bar and join one of the discussions to learn more or help shape the future.

Indiana Modern
Led by Mark Dollase, Vice President of Preservation Services, Indiana Landmarks

Historic Theaters
Led by Rob Shilts, Executive Director, The Historic Artcraft Theatre, Franklin

Historic Preservation Commissions
Led by Steve Kennedy, Assistant Director of Administration, Financial Incentives, and Planning, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology

Continental Breakfast

7:15-10 AM
Honeywell Center Lobby


9-10:15 AM

Neighborhoods First
Discover the secret to growing a stronger community by making small, incremental investments over time, based upon a neighborhood’s needs. This approach fits every budget and empowers local government to overcome the lack of ownership and control of substandard property, an issue that often makes improvement projects ineligible for traditional grant programs.
Speaker: Charles Marohn, Founder and President, Strong Towns
Sponsored by Indiana University’s Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series. Free and open to the public.

Educational Sessions

10:30-11:45 AM

The 1826 Treaty of the Wabash: Preserving a People and their Places
Wabash County’s rich Native American history offers few tangible remains. Learn about the Miami Tribe’s efforts to preserve their heritage when they no longer own the land. Discover the tribe’s ties to Paradise Springs Park, Charley Creek, and the kinship that continues to link the Myaamia people to Wabash. Hear how the tribe works with others in Indiana to preserve and protect historic objects and places.
Moderator: Mitch Zoll, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Speaker: Diane Hunter, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
Speaker: George Ironstrack, Assistant Director, Myaamia Center, Miami University
Speaker: John Bickers, Independent Researcher

Plans and Progress, Part I
A strategic plan is the solid foundation you need for successful economic development. In Wabash, three efforts—a public art masterplan, Strategic Investment/Stellar Communities plan, and ABC Revitalization plan—combined to make a difference. Get the background on each plan—the intent, process, components, and outcomes of each—and head home with information that will help your community achieve its vision. (Part II follows in Educational Session 10 at 2 p.m.)
Moderator: Rachel Swanson, Program Manager, American Structurepoint, Inc.
Speaker: Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO, Economic Development Group of Wabash County
Speaker: Andrea Zwiebel, Program Manager, Honeywell Foundation
Speaker: Christine Flohr, Executive Director of Tourism, Wabash County Tourism & Visitors Bureau

Electronic Outreach on a Nonprofit Budget
Smartphone technology allows even the novice to create effective videos to promote your community, neighborhood, or restoration project. The speakers build upon the information presented in the morning’s Smartphone Filmmaking workshop, with advice on posting and promoting videos that highlight cultural resources.
Moderator: Amy Borland, Architectural Historian, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Speaker: Ryan Duddleson, Senior Archaeologist, and Alycia Giedd, Archaeologist, both at Orbis Environmental Consulting
Speaker: Scott Davis, Senior Webmaster, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Lunch on your own

11:45 AM-1:45 PM
Enjoy Wabash’s restaurants and shops. Check your registration bag for a list of options.

Educational Sessions

2-3:15 PM

Plans and Progress, Part II
Honeywell Center
See the results of strategic plans outlined in Part I on a downtown tour that includes a co-working space, Visitor’s Center, Rock City Lofts, Eagles Theatre renovation, improvements made through a facade program, an inclusive playground, and public art on display in the Alleyway, Mammoth Gateway, and Veterans Plaza. (See Part I, Education Session 8 at 10:45 a.m.) ‹‹‹ Note: Rock City Lofts is an active construction site. Please wear closed-toe shoes. ›››
Moderator: Rachel Swanson, Program Manager, American Structurepoint, Inc.
Speaker: Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO, Economic Development Group of Wabash County
Speaker: Lisa Gilman, Member, Redemption Development, LLC
Tyler Karst, Project Coordinator, Wabash Marketplace, LLC
Anne Schneider
Andrea Zwiebel, Program Manager, Honeywell Foundation

Helping Hands
Honeywell Center
It often takes a village to rehabilitate a historic building. Panelists reveal a variety of community resources available for volunteer help that gets the work done and engages the community. You’ll hear how a Detroit museum addressed the problem of 355 windows that needed restoration—a $2 million project—by creating a crew of volunteers who learned the skills to restore old windows and install new windows that meet the Secretary of the Interior’s preservation standards. In an Indiana example, learn from Union City, where everyone from Kiwanis to football players helped complete a preservation project.
Moderator: Todd Zeiger, Director of Northern Regional Office, Indiana Landmarks
Speaker: Volunteers from the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Speaker: Ted Leahey, former president, Preservation Society of Union City

A Picture Is Worth Ten Thousand Words—or Is It?
Honeywell Center
Historic preservation relies on historic photographs that document the appearance and details of extant structures—with a caution. It’s important to know that the adage, “the camera never lies,” is simply not true. Even before Photoshop, photographers intentionally and accidentally manipulated images. Using case studies, including the West Baden Springs Hotel, learn how to avoid being duped by historic photographs.
Moderator: Holly Tate, Architectural Historian, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Speaker: Dr. Clay Stuckey, Independent Photo Historian

Plenary & Tour

3:30-5:15 PM

Indiana Preservation Awards
Eagles Theatre, 106 W. Market St.
Grab some popcorn to view the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology’s annual awards for the best preservation projects of 2016 in the restored auditorium of the 1906 Eagles Theatre. Following the awards, head upstairs to check out how an arts partnership intends to use long vacant office space and view the top-floor ballroom, a work-in-progress where traces of the original decorative painting remain. (Note: While the theatre itself is fully accessible, the upper floors are not—yet.)
Master of Ceremonies: Steve Kennedy, Assistant Director of Administration, Financial Incentives and Planning, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology

Dinner & Tour

6-8:30 PM
Shuttles leave at 5:30 & 5:45 p.m. from the Honeywell Center
Due to limited parking, we request that you ride a shuttle
Our shuttle stops for a tour of the Stockdale Mill, a National Register-listed water-powered flour mill and dam, before it heads to Roann. You’ll dine on the 288-foot Roann Covered Bridge, thanks to grassroots groups who restored the 1877 span following an arson fire in 1990. (Note: The historic mill is not fully accessible. If you have mobility issues, contact conference staff in advance so we can arrange assistance for this event.)


Conference Registration & Bookstore

8 AM-Noon
Honeywell Center Lobby, 275 W. Market St.
Free parking in lot north of Honeywell Center

Continental Breakfast

8-10 AM
Honeywell Center Lobby

Educational Sessions

9-10:15 AM

Façade Grants
Find out how your community can spruce up main street from a panel of Indiana experts who explain the administration and financing of façade grants.
Moderator: Jarrad Holbrook, Southeast Field Office Director, Indiana Landmarks,
Speaker: Brandy Coomes, Executive Director, Mainstreet Shelbyville, Inc.
Speaker: Michael Flowers, Community Preservation Specialist, Indiana Landmarks & City of Winchester Facade Improvement Grant Program staff
Speaker: Tyler Kent, Planning Director/Transit Manager, City of Valparaiso

Community-Organized Surveys
Indiana became the first state in the nation to survey every county as mandated by the 1966 Historic Preservation Act. The project that took several decades, and it’s never complete because as time marches on, more structures become historic. The surveys are important because they’re the basis for making save-or-lose decisions in Section 106 reviews. A community faced with the pressures of construction, sprawl, and demolition can’t always wait for the State Historic Preservation Office to re-survey (an expensive and time-consuming task) in order to update the inventory of historic resources. Join this discussion on best practices for community-directed surveys and how to make them effective and accessible for citizens and professionals.
Moderator & Speaker: Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Speaker: Paul Diebold, Director of Preservation Services, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Speaker: Briana Paxton Grosicki, Director of Research, PlaceEconomics and member, Muncie Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation Commission.

Sustainable and Historic: Creating the Charley Creek Inn
If you attended the preservation conference in 2006, you might remember the tired Red Apple Inn apartments. A team turned it into the celebrated Charley Creek Inn, a boutique hotel that capitalized on the building’s historic architecture. Join the project architect and engineer for a behind-the-scenes look at the rehabilitation process from the replication of missing details to installation of a green roof.
Speaker: David Kroll, Principal/Director of Historic Preservation, RATIO Architects, Inc.
Speaker: Scott Drake, Historic Preservation Specialist and LEED Green Associate, ARSEE Engineers


10:30 AM-Noon

Public Policy Update
Get the inside scoop on what the 2016 election means for the next four years in historic preservation at the local, state, and national levels. Find out what you can do to protect, strengthen, and promote state and federal programs that have been essential ingredients in landmark restorations and downtown revitalization.
Moderator: Marsh Davis, President, Indiana Landmarks
Speaker: Russ Carnahan, Co-Director, Preservation Action

Luncheon & Plenary Session

12:15-2 PM

The Corner Store & the Coffee Shop: Sociological Reflections on Place
To end the conference on an inspiring note, we present Dr. Robyn Ryle, who shares her passion for people, places, and the connections they forge. Her research and experience demonstrate that preserving places provides hope and sustains communities.
Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Philip Scarpino, Professor of History; Director, Graduate Program in Public History; Director of Oral History, Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
Speaker: Dr. Robyn Ryle, Associate Professor of Sociology, Hanover College

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