Conference Agenda

Conference Blends Education & Entertainment

To honor the conference’s 50th anniversary, a wide range of lectures, tours, and educational sessions invite reflection on Indiana’s preservation past and a look ahead to the next 50 years.

2019 Conference Agenda

Please note all events are Central Time. Register online through April 1. View conference map.


2 – 5 p.m.
Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse, 201 NW 4th Street

Pre-Conference Workshops

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
CAMP: Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program
Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse, 201 NW 4th Street
Pre-registration required.
$25 fee includes lunch.

Discover how to increase the effectiveness of local preservation commissions and learn best practices drawn from throughout the country. The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions stages CAMP with a faculty of skilled preservation professionals.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Section 106 Training
Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse, 201 NW 4th Street
Pre-registration required.

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology staff offer basic instruction on the Section 106/Environmental Review process and an overview of the SHAARD database.

2 – 4 p.m.
Preparing National Register Nominations
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, 200 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Browning Event Room B
Pre-registration required.
$10 fee

Learn important tips and updated information to improve researching and writing National Register of Historic Places nominations from National Park Service historian and Indiana native James Gabbert. Topics covered include: common errors, photo documentation, effective building and property descriptions, and successful editing.

5 – 7 p.m.
Conference Kickoff Reception
Evansville Visitors Center Pagoda
401 SE Riverside Drive

Take in spectacular Ohio River views from the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau Pagoda. Constructed in 1912 as the open-air Sunset Park Pavilion, the pagoda suffered for years after the devastating 1937 flood. Experience the results of the 1996 rehab that brought it back to life and enclosed it for year-round use. (For those who’ve RSVP’d to attend, please print a parking pass and place on your dashboard.)


8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse, 201 NW 4th Street

8 – 10 a.m.
Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse, 201 NW 4th Street

Pre-registration required.

8:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Angel Mounds: From the WPA Through Today
Angel Mounds State Historic Site, 8215 Pollack Avenue
Sponsored by the Indiana Archaeology Council
Pre-registration required.
Attendees will need to provide their own transportation to Angel Mounds. For more information or a map to the site, please visit the Conference Registration Desk.

Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the WPA’s work at Angel Mounds with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour highlighting what the Indiana State Museum describes as “one of the best-preserved, pre-contact Native American sites in North America.” Explore the life of the Mississippian people who occupied the site from A.D. 1000–1400, the early archaeological efforts of Indiana University’s Glen Black Laboratory, and exciting new investigations that help protect and preserve fragile resources.

Speakers: Mike Linderman, Director, Angel Mounds State Historic Site; and Patrick Trader, President, Indiana Archaeology Council and Principal Investigator, Gray & Pape

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Saving the Peters-Margedant House
Peters-Margedant House, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Avenue
Pre-registration required. Shuttle provided (departs from Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse promptly at 8:15 a.m.)
$10 fee   

Attendees will need to arrange their own transportation to the Peters-Margedant House. For more information or a map to the site, please contact the Conference Registration Desk.

Two years before Frank Lloyd Wright unveiled his Usonian house design in Madison, Wisconsin, his first apprentice, William Wesley Peters, constructed a strikingly similar home for his father in Evansville. It’s tiny 552 square foot design went unnoticed for years until identified as endangered by the Preservation Alliance of Evansville in 2013. Through a panel discussion and tour, learn how Wright aficionados, neighbors, preservationists, students, and professors rallied to save the house and relocate it to the University of Evansville campus in 2017.

Speakers: Adam Green, Architect; and James Renne, Friends of the Peters-Margedant House

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Saving Knowledge: Library Preservation and Adaptive Reuse

Indiana has a proud tradition of historic libraries, housing more Carnegie-funded buildings than any other state, but many of these structures struggle to meet the needs of the twenty-first century. Using a historic library for its original purpose often means dealing with space and maintenance issues, while adaptive reuse poses its own set of challenges. A panel of experts reveals tips for extending the life of historic library buildings.

Speakers: Greg Hager, Director, Willard Library; Jack Faber, AIA, Principal, Hafer; and Mike Montgomery, Principal and Partner, krM Architecture

Saving Our Icons of Rural Heritage

Barns serve as vivid reminders of Indiana’s rich farming history. Discover how the Indiana Barn Foundation—a statewide, all-volunteer nonprofit organization—is working to preserve historic barns for future generations. Panelists describe historic barn styles and discuss tools to document and protect these important cultural resources.

Speakers: Tommy Kleckner, Director, Indiana Landmarks Western Regional Office; and Duncan Campbell, Board Member, Indiana Barn Foundation

Iron Will: Restoring Ornamental Cast Iron

What better place to discuss historic cast iron than Evansville, home of George L. Mesker & Company, a leading manufacturer of cast iron and sheet metal facades in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Since environmental and structural issues cause cast iron to deteriorate over time, it’s important to regularly check for maintenance issues. With the Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site as a case study, learn to identify the factors that contribute to cast iron failure and how damage can be repaired, preserving details for the next century.

Speakers: Link Ludington, Director of Historic Preservation, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, and Scott Drake, Historic Preservation Specialist, ARSEE Engineers

10:30– 11:45 a.m.

Not your Grandma’s House Museum: Rethinking a Historic Site for the Twenty-First Century

Low visitation, inaccurate interpretation, and a lack of community connection characterize the current state of many house museums, causing many to close or reinvent themselves. Find out how the National Historic Landmark Shrewsbury-Windle House in Madison developed an innovative restoration and sustainable use model to ensure future preservation. Panelists discuss the importance of careful planning, research, and new technology to shape interpretation and creative reuse.

Speakers: John M. Staicer, President and Executive Director, Historic Madison, Inc; David Cart, Director of Preservation and Maintenance, Historic Madison, Inc; and Benjamin L. Ross, LEED AP, Professional/Preservation Specialist, RATIO Architects, Inc.

A Linear Look at Preservation

Discover how Indiana’s eight scenic byways traverse thousands of miles along rivers, roadways, and natural areas offering historic resources as their backbone. Evansville, home to the Ohio River Scenic Byway—our state’s first—provides the setting for a discussion of interpretation, celebration, and preservation in a linear, multi-county format.

Speakers: Michael Flowers, Director, Indiana National Road; Kurt West Garner, President, Historic Michigan Road Association; and Darrell Voelker, Treasurer, Ohio River Scenic Byway

Housing the Masses: Standardization and Prefabrication in Indiana at Mid-Century

As populations ballooned during the 20th century, the building industry turned to standardization, mass production, and prefabrication to ease the housing shortage. By 1955, more than 80 prefabricated housing manufacturers were in operation, constructing nearly ten percent of all new housing. Learn about Indiana’s substantial role in prefab housing through stories of innovative techniques and industry leaders like Gunnison Magic Homes of New Albany and National Homes of Lafayette. 

Speakers: Randy Shipp, Historic Preservation Specialist, City of Lexington, Kentucky; and Marisa Gomez Nordyke, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Following Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s welcome to Evansville, University of Evansville Professor James McLeod introduces the city’s role in World War II during his talk, Arsenal on the Ohio.

Speakers: Honorable Lloyd Winnecke, Mayor of Evansville; and Dr. James MacLeod, Professor of History and Department Chair, University of Evansville

2:15 – 4:30 p.m.

The New Deal Gardens of Lockefield and Lincoln
Evansville African American Museum, 529 South Garvin Street
Pre-registration required.

Attendees will need to arrange their own transportation to the museum. For more information or a map to the site, please visit the Conference Registration Desk.

Two outstanding New Deal housing projects—Lockefield Gardens in Indianapolis and Lincoln Gardens in Evansville—tell the story of the Public Works Administration’s efforts to provide affordable, attractive housing for African Americans in the 1930s. Following a panel discussion on the origins and evolution of each complex, and efforts to preserve and interpret them, get a personal tour of the Lincoln Gardens apartment exhibit with Janice Hale, a former resident, complex manager, and now museum staff.

Speakers: Glory-June Greiff, Public Historian; Dennis Au, Evansville Historian; and Janice Hale, Coordinator, Evansville African American Museum

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Archaeology in the Twenty-First Century
Sponsored by the Indiana Archaeology Council

Explore current technologies that assist archaeologists in recording, documenting, and excavating prehistoric and historical sites. New techniques incorporate noninvasive methods, such as drones, LIDAR, and geophysical surveys that help pinpoint excavations, accurately record site locations, and lessen the impact on nonrenewable resources.

Speakers: Alycia Giedd, Principal Investigator and Archaeologist, Orbis Environmental Consulting; Kathleen Settle, Field Technologist III, Cardno; and Duane Simpson, Senior Archaeologist, Cardno

Documenting Historic Resources

Using stained glass windows as an example, explore the basics of effective documentation for historic resources utilizing current technology, cost-effective techniques, and national standards. Visual and narrative methods will be reviewed.

Speaker: Jules T. Mominee, President, Mominee Studios

Spanning Time: Protecting Indiana’s Historic Bridges

Planners Continuing Education CreditIn 2006, a programmatic agreement to manage and preserve Indiana’s historic bridges came to fruition after several years of development through a coalition of historic bridge advocates collaborating with the Indiana Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Understand the role of the agreement and procedural updates that have occurred in the last 12 years.

Speakers: Michelle Allen, EA & EIS Environmental Specialist, Federal Highway Administration; Keith Hoernschemeyer, Performance Management Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration; and Susan Branigin, History Team Lead, Indiana Department of Transportation Cultural Resources Office

3:45 – 5 p.m.

A Persistent Place: The Archaeology of Landscapes
Sponsored by the Indiana Archaeology Council

Throughout history people have been drawn to landscape features such as springs, rivers, and topography that fit their way of life. Remnants of occupants, from pre-history to the recent past, help define these “persistent places.” Join a panel of archaeologists in exploring persistent places, their definition and interpretation.

Speakers: Patrick Trader, Principal Archaeologist, Gray & Pape; Beth McCord, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology; and Tanya A. Faberson, Principal Investigator and Historic Materials Specialist, Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc.

Historic Preservation Commission Roundtables

Join commission members and staff for discussions on topics such as developing community support, regulating signage, developing and administering façade grants, and rethinking design guidelines.

Speakers: Todd Zeiger, Northern Regional Office Director, Indiana Landmarks; Jarrad Holbrook, Southeast Field Office Director, Indiana Landmarks; and Maria Davis, Downtown Services Coordinator, City of Angola

Drones, GPS, THERM and More: Modern Technology in Restoration and Preservation

Understand how modern technology and tools enhance the investigation, design, and restoration process of historic buildings.  A panel of designers and contractors will present case studies that utilize innovative approaches to improve performance.

Speakers: Logan J. Cook, Senior Associate and Project Manager, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates; Leah M. Ruther, Associate III and Project Manager, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates; and Martin Bazula, Subject Matter Expert and Project Manager, STRUCTURAL

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Preservation Builds Better Communities
Victory Theatre, 600 Main Street

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the preservation conference, former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard, an Evansville deputy mayor before his judicial career, and his wife Amy MacDonell, whose professional career included time as Evansville’s preservation officer, reflect on their decades of preservation advocacy and the movement’s impact on Indiana.

Speakers: The Honorable Randall T. Shepard and Amy MacDonell

Ball State Alumni Reunion
9 – 11 p.m.
Mo’s House, 1114 Parrett Street
Sponsored by Ball State University Historic Preservation Program

 Join Ball State alumni and friends at Mo’s House (1114 Parrett St) for conversation and networking. Cash bar, no RSVP necessary.


8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse, 201 NW 4th Street

8 – 10 a.m.
Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse, 201 NW 4th Street 

9 – 10:15 a.m.

From Architecture Studio to Architectural Save: The Julius Falk Building

Indiana’s rural communities have been impacted by declining populations for decades, so the City of Peru teamed with Ball State University to proactively respond to demographic shifts by making their downtown more attractive through historic preservation. Discover how this partnership focused on repurposing a significant downtown building with a long-term solution and provided real-life problem solving for graduate students.

Speakers: The Honorable Gabriel Greer, Mayor, City of Peru; and J. P. Hall, Assistant Professor, Ball State University 

Sprucing Up the Neighborhood through Economic Improvement Districts

The Woodruff Place Historic District in Indianapolis is known for its Victorian-era esplanades, fountains, statuary, and fences. But it takes a tremendous amount of labor and investment to keep them in good shape. Find out how the neighborhood created an Economic Improvement District—a self-taxing tool—to take control of the resources after years of deferred maintenance and lack of city funding.

Speakers: Will Pritchard, Chair, Woodruff Place Economic Improvement District; and Tom Abeel, Volunteer Coordinator, Woodruff Place Light Brigade

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The Preservation Perspective in 2019

Planners Continuing Education CreditTom Moriarity discusses his perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for historic preservation in 2019. From his time as the first Executive Director of Historic Madison Inc., where he piloted one of the National Trust’s first Main Street communities, through his career in real estate development consulting, Tom has been active in historic tax credit projects, national and international preservation policy, and lobbying. Join him for updates on preservation tools such as the federal Historic Tax Credit, Opportunity Zones, and a discussion of the most effective ways to designate, design, protect and encourage redevelopment of historic buildings, communities, urban districts, and landscapes.

Speaker: Tom Moriarity, Managing Principal, Retail & Development Strategies; and Board Member, Preservation Action Foundation

11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

1:45 – 3 p.m. 

Opportunity Knocks: The New Opportunity Zone Program

Planners Continuing Education CreditOpportunity Zones offer a new funding mechanism for projects located in low-income census tracts approved by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  Indiana selected 156 zones located in 58 counties.  With the help of our expert panel, discover how Opportunity Zones provide an investment vehicle which may be used to spur economic development and historic preservation in areas that need it the most. 

Speaker: David Umpleby, Partner, Krieg Devault; Chip Windisch, Senior Vice President of Capital Markets, Old National Bank; and George L. Strobel, II, Co-Founder and Director, Monarch Private Capital

The Future of Historic Preservation: Students Lead the Way

Learn from educators how you can connect with students to share the economic and social benefits of historic preservation. Find out how Jon Carl’s “Feel the History” program uses high school students to promote local landmarks and history to Evansville residents, and discover video projects that excite and inspire youth about local landmarks.

Speakers: Jon Carl, Teacher, Reitz Memorial High School, Evansville; and Jonathan Temple, Principal, Holy Trinity Catholic School, Jasper

African American Interpretation

Speaker: Jeanne Cyriaque, Board Chair, Georgia Humanities

3:15 – 4 p.m.
Indiana Preservation Awards

Join the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology for the presentation of its annual awards celebrating the best preservation projects of 2018.

Master of Ceremonies: Beth McCord, Director, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology

5 – 8:30 p.m.
Germania Maennerchor, 916 North Fulton Avenue

Roll Out the Barrell and the Kraut Balls

Celebrate Evansville’s German heritage at the 1914 Germania Maennerchor, which continues its tradition as a singing society and social hall. Sample the Maennerchor’s famous kraut balls and other German culinary delights amid murals of the German countryside. Feeling competitive? Sign up for the Maennerchor’s famous “Brat Toss.”


Explore Evansville’s locally-owned coffee shops and cafes for breakfast on Friday.

The conference moves to Trinity United Methodist Church, 216 SE 3rd Street, on Friday for a look at another of Evansville’s spectacular historic places. Parking available in the church lots on SE 3rd Street, on the street, and the Third Street Garage, 307 Locust Street. Please use the SE 3rd Street church entrance.

9 – 10:30 a.m.
Charrette Report and Welcome by Lieutenant Governor

Gather potential adaptive reuse ideas to take back to your community. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch presents a look at state programs supporting historic preservation and college students share their ideas for Evansville’s vacant Shackelford Mansion in the Riverside Historic District.

Speakers: Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch; Jonathan Spodek, Professor of Architecture, Ball State University; and Student Charrette Participants

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
William Wesley Peters: A Creative Force

Hear the fascinating story of University of Evansville graduate William Wesley Peters, who served as Frank Lloyd Wright’s first apprentice at Taliesin, and rose to the rank of Chief Architect of the successor firm, Taliesin Associated Architects. During a brief hiatus in Evansville from 1933-1935, Peters designed a house for his father. The tiny 555 square foot home bears striking similarities to Wright’s Usonian designs which the master architect did not unveil until 1937 in Madison, Wisconsin. Learn about Peters impact on the firm and the numerous buildings he designed and supervised until his death in 1991.

Speaker: William Blair Scott, Jr., Architectural Historian and Co-Founder, Organic Architecture + Design Archives, Inc.

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Restoring Indiana’s Stained Glass

While immersed in the surroundings of the magnificent Trinity United Methodist Church, Evansville stained glass artisan Jules Mominee guides us through the restoration process for some of the state’s most beautiful windows.

Speaker: Jules T. Mominee, President, Mominee Studios

There’s so much to see in Evansville that we’re ending the conference early.  Grab a snack and head to one or more of these historic places before heading home.

Evansville African American Museum

LST Memorial

Angel Mounds State Historic Site

Peters-Margedant House

Lyles Station

Kolb Homestead

Willard Library

New Harmony


Reitz Home Museum