Conference Agenda

Conference Blends Education & Entertainment

The 2020 conference agenda offers a wide range of lectures, tours, and educational sessions.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been postponed from April 14-17, 2020 to October 13-16, 2020. Registration will re-open in July. Please contact conference organizers at with any questions.


2020 Conference Agenda

Schedule subject to change as speakers are reconfirmed for October dates.

TUESDAY, October 13

2 – 4:30 p.m.
Scottish Rite, 427 North Main Street


8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
CAMP: Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program
Scottish Rite, 427 North Main 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.

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Section 106 Training
Scottish Rite, 427 North Main Street
Pre-registration required. Lunch on your own.

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. Also hear from representatives of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Indiana Department of Transportation to understand environmental compliance for historic resources.

Speakers: Ashley Thomas, Cathy Draeger-Williams, Holly Tate, Megan Copenhaver, and Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology; David Benefiel, Principal Transportation Planner, Anderson MPO; and Kari Carmany-George, Environmental Section Manager, Indiana Department of Transportation

2 – 4:30 p.m.
Tax Credit Training
Scottish Rite, 427 North Main Street
Pre-registration required. $10 fee.

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and National Park Service staff offer basic instructions on Tax Credits, new forms, and recent updates.

Speakers: Ashley Thomas, Tax Credit Administrator, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology; Angela Shearer, Tax Credit Reviewer, National Park Service

2 – 5 p.m.
Saving Sacred Places
Community Room, Temple Beth-El
305 West Madison Street
Pre-registration required. $10 fee.
Parking is available in the Temple lot entered from Lafayette Boulevard. Use parking lot entrance to Temple.

Is your congregation among the many who find themselves with significant amounts of unused or under-used space due to declining membership or programming changes? This workshop provides practical guidance for congregations seeking to evaluate and quantify their available space, find compatible partners with which to share their facilities, and reviews key legal and fiscal considerations. Harness your house of worship for outreach and growth.

Speakers: A. Robert Jaeger, President, Partners for Sacred Places; David Frederick, Sacred Places Indiana Director, Indiana Landmarks; and Jim Tuesley, Attorney, Barnes & Thornburg

5 – 7 p.m.
Conference Kickoff Reception
The Lauber Kitchen & Bar, 504 East LaSalle Street
Parking is available in The Lauber lot, on the street, or after 5:00 p.m. in the Peoplelink Group lot on Niles.

Enjoy craft pizza and cocktails while seeing the transformation of a nineteenth-century sheet metal company into a restaurant and adjacent liquor store.

WEDNESDAY, October 14

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Scottish Rite, 427 North Main Street

8 – 10 a.m.
Scottish Rite, 427 North Main Street

8:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Tour of Fort Saint Joseph
Pre-registration required.
Fort Saint Joseph, 1415 Bond Street, Niles, Michigan
(Transportation on your own. Tour requires approximately one mile of walking.)

Travel just north of South Bend to Michigan for an in-depth tour of Fort Saint Joseph led by archaeologist Michael Nassaney of Western Michigan University.  You’ll see recent excavations of the fort, used between 1691-1781 first as a major French commercial center focused on the fur trade and later as a British outpost during the American Revolution. There is walking associated with this tour (approximately 1 mile), so be prepared and dress for the weather.

Moderator: Patrick Trader, President, Indiana Archaeology Council, and Principal Investigator, Gray & Pape
Speaker: Dr. Michael Nassaney, Professor of Anthropology, Western Michigan University

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Transforming Ruins into a Welcoming Place

Discover the process needed to maintain a ruin as a safe and accessible community space to be enjoyed by all, using the former City United Methodist Church in downtown Gary and the Starr-Gennett complex in Richmond as case studies.

Speakers: Robin Whitehurst, Technical Principal, Bailey Edward, and Kevin Osburn, Principal, Rundell Ernstberger Associates

Unlocking the Secrets of Pattern Book Architecture in Indiana

Hoosiers frequently used architectural publications to design and build their homes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Learn about the variety of pattern books, what the use of these publications tells us about Hoosier buildings and the broader context of local and regional history, and how digital repositories now provide easy access to the original catalogs.

Speakers: Ben Ross, Historic Preservation Specialist, RATIO; and Paul Diebold, Assistant Director of Preservation Services, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology 

Replacing and Replicating Missing Pieces

Elkhart’s Lerner Theatre, and the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant and South Side Turnverein in Indianapolis offer case studies for new ways to replace and replicate missing architectural details using terra cotta, and glass-fiber reinforced concrete and plastic.

Speakers: Scott Drake, Historic Preservation Specialist, ARSEE Engineers; and Anne Schneider, Architectural Graduate and Historic Preservation Specialist, RATIO

10:30– 11:45 a.m.

Toolbox for Minimum Maintenance Standards

Neglected properties can severely hamper the revitalization and sustainability of historic districts.  Learn from experts in the field how your preservation commission can utilize Indiana building codes, local ordinances, and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards to establish and maintain guidelines for designated properties. You’ll gather tips for building a strong relationship between building and code enforcement and the historic preservation commission to accomplish maintenance goals.

Speaker: Steve Szaday, Housing Inspector, Department of Code Enforcement, City of South Bend.

Industrial Indiana: Collections, Ephemera and Plans in the Archives

Since its early history, Indiana has had a rich tableau of diverse manufactured products and industries, and we have outstanding materials that document them. Representatives from the archival collections of the Indiana Historical Society and the University of Notre Dame reveal architectural drawings, photographs, catalogs, pamphlets and other ephemera that demonstrate how industry and manufacturing contributed to the development of our state. Professional and amateur preservationists will learn archival research tips and tricks for better documentation and contextualization.

Speakers: Maire Gurevitz, Project Archivist, Indiana Historical Society; Jordan Ryan, Coordinator, Indianapolis History Project, Indiana Historical Society; and Jennifer Parker, Architecture Librarian and Co-Director of the Historic Urban Environments Lab, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

A Refreshed Approach to Indiana Main Street and Preservation Action Update

Following a year of evaluation, Indiana Main Street Council and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs is announcing an improved Main Street program that will add value to new and existing community members. Updates include a new levels system, common in other Main Street programs, that will better support Indiana participants. Learn about OCRA’s new Main Street goals and scope, and the new incentives, requirements, and benchmarks for each level.

Then learn the latest on the federal level from Russ Carnahan, Preservation Action president and former United States Congressman. Find out what this grassroots lobbying organization is working on in the current legislative session and what we might expect after the presidential election.

Speakers: Jackie Swihart, Main Street Program Manager, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs; and Russ Carnahan, President, Preservation Action

Noon – 1:30
Scottish Rite, 427 North Main Street

After a welcome by Mayor James Mueller, enjoy a photographic tour of the history of South Bend.

Speakers: Honorable James Mueller, Mayor, City of South Bend; Andrew Beckman, Archivist, Studebaker National Museum; and Louis Sabo, Photographer

2 – 3:15 p.m.

Bulldozer: The Culture of Clearance in Postwar America
Sponsored by Indiana University’s Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series.  Free and open to the public.

Francesca Ammon, author of Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape, details how the bulldozer helped win World War II but went on to create a “culture of clearance” in America, removing swaths of historic buildings for suburban development and interstate highways. How did destruction become equated with progress and what has preservation done to slow the damage? In the hands of the military, planners, politicians, engineers, construction workers, and even children’s book authors, the bulldozer became an American icon. Yet, social and environmental injustices emerged as clearance projects continued unabated. This awareness spurred environmental, preservationist, and citizen participation efforts that have helped to slow, although not entirely stop, the momentum of the postwar bulldozer.

Speaker: Francesca Ammon, Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Defending the Frontier – Guarding the Fort
Sponsored by Indiana University’s Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series.  Free and open to the public.

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries frontier colonial outposts (or forts) served as hubs for commerce centered on the fur trade, and defense and protection from colonial powers and attacks from indigenous peoples. Experts reveal the results of archaeological investigations at Fort Saint Joseph in Michigan, Fort Ouiatenon in Indiana, and Fort Recovery in Ohio.

Speakers:  Michael Nassaney, Archaeologist Western Michigan University; James R. Jones, Archaeologist, Weintraut & Associates; Christine Thompson, Archaeologist, Ball State University; and Kevin Nolan, Director and Senior Archaeologist, Applied Anthropology Laboratory, Ball State University

Historic Roofing: Types, Evaluations, and Replacement

Roofing provides one of the most important enclosure components to a building, preventing damage and deterioration, and protecting interior finishes. When roofing systems fail, resulting damage can be catastrophic and very costly to repair. To understand how to repair or replace a roof, it’s helpful to know which system you have.

Join a panel of construction experts for a discussion and evaluation of historic roofing systems, and the challenges and successes of installing new roofing on historic buildings.

Speakers: Logan Cook, Senior Associate and Unit Manager, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.; Ross Smith, Associate Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.; and Ken Sage, Vice President Business Development, Midland Engineering Company

Building IU South Bend: An Evolution of Campus Identity

Follow the evolution of IU South Bend from a one-structure commuter campus to today’s multiple-building university.  Speakers explore the type, style, and function of the buildings, their relationship to surrounding spaces, and reflection of the University’s values and visions of strength, leadership, and community integration.

Speakers: Deb Parcell, Community Preservation Specialist, Northern Regional Office, Indiana Landmarks; Scott Shoger, Archivist, Indiana University South Bend; and Jay VanderVeen Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Indiana University, South Bend

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

South Bend Parks & Trails: A Historic Investment in South Bend’s Shared Spaces
Palais Royale, 105 West Colfax

Public parks improve the quality of life in every community, but they don’t happen without significant investment in their landscapes and structures. Aaron Perri, Executive Director of South Bend Venues Parks & Arts explains how reinvestment and restoration in his city’s parks, fountains, and long-range planning inspires residents and visitors.

Master of Ceremonies: Elicia Feasel, Administrator, Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and Saint Joseph County
Speaker: Aaron Perri, Executive Director, City of South Bend Venues Parks & Arts

Ball State Alumni Reunion
9 – 11 p.m.
Location to be announced.
Sponsored by Ball State University Historic Preservation Program.

Join Ball State alumni and friends at LOCATION for conversation and networking.  Cash bar, no RSVP necessary.

THURSDAY, October 15

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Scottish Rite, 427 North Main Street

8 – 10 a.m.
Scottish Rite, 427 North Main Street

9 – 10:15 a.m.

The Impacts of Environmental Change on Prehistoric Settlements
Sponsored by Indiana University’s Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series.  Free and open to the public.

The effect of climate and environmental change on human societies is undeniable, inexorable, and can be quite profound. Discover the disciplines of climatology, geomorphology, geoarchaeology, and archaeology and how they can assess the impact of environmental change on human settlement patterns, using prehistoric settlement in the White River Valley as case studies.

Speakers: Jeremy Wilson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, IUPUI; Broxton Bird, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences, IUPUI; Edward Herrmann, Research Scientist, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Indiana University; and  Patrick Trader, Principal Investigator, Gray & Pape

Confronting Difficult Histories in Historic Structures

From monuments to murals, Americans are evaluating how difficult histories like racism impact the presence and preservation of historic places in our communities. This session provides a template and tool for acknowledging and hosting difficult conversations about the buildings we cherish and the histories they can teach. The former Engman Public Natatorium, a once segregated South Bend city-owned swimming pool, and WPA murals serve as examples.

Speakers:  George Garner, Assistant Director and Curator, Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center; and Harvey Smith, Project Advisor, Living New Deal

Indiana Limestone Part I: From Salem Deposit to the Built Environment

Join archivist Jennifer Lanman, and geologist Todd Thompson on a journey through the millennia to explore the origins of the globally unique Salem Limestone formation and how one of Indiana’s longest-serving industries transformed it into the “Nation’s Building Stone.” Part I discusses the early history of the industry’s founders as captured in an extensive photo resource and how some quarrying and fabrication techniques have evolved with technology while others remain proven workhorses. Take a visual tour of notable buildings and view examples of project types not commonly thought suitable in natural stone. 

Speakers:  Todd Thompson, Director and State Geologist, Indiana Geological and Water Survey; and Jennifer Lanman, Archivist and Collections Manager, Indiana Geological and Water Survey

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Indiana Limestone Part II: From Salem Deposit to the Built Environment

In Part II of our limestone overview, architect Todd Schnatzmeyer discusses conservation of resources in the production of natural stone and the sustainability standards recognized by leading programs. The talk is followed by a brief walking tour of downtown resources.

Speaker:  Todd Schnatzmeyer, Executive Director, Indiana Limestone Institute of America

Moving Bethel Cemetery
Sponsored by the Indiana Archaeology Council

Bethel Cemetery, established in the 1800s, proved a challenge when the Indianapolis Airport Authority sought infrastructure improvements. An extensive collaboration of private and public partners developed a respectful compromise. Discover the crucial role of archaeology to locate, identify, and move over 500 graves—most of which were unmarked.

Speakers:  Ryan Peterson, Senior Principal, Cardno; Brooke Drew, Lecturer, Indiana State University; and Jeremy Wilson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, IUPUI

To Repair or Replace? Windows and Historic Rehabilitation

One size does not fit all when it comes to windows. And while the Secretary of the Interiors Standards offer four approaches (preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction), knowing the right one for your project is the key to success—especially when dealing with tax credits.  In this session we’ll focus on the rehabilitation category, looking at how to determine if a window needs replacement, then talking replacement options.

Speaker:  Steve Lien, Senior Commercial Property Manager, Marvin Windows and Doors

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Noon – 12:45 p.m.
Meet at the standing clock on the corner of Washington and Michigan streets (outside of Café Navarre) at 11:45. Tour departs promptly at noon.

Join South Bend experts for a guided 45-minute architectural walking tour of downtown. Explore historic buildings, one-of-a-kind structures, and important sites in South Bend’s history. Plus, a great opportunity to stretch those legs after a long morning of sitting down! You’ll have time to grab a quick lunch after the tour.

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Structure from Motion for 3D Documentation in Indiana and Beyond

Structure from motion (SfM), which uses two-dimensional images to reconstruct three-dimensional objects, has become a part of archaeological and preservation methods in the last decade. This session uses case studies from Indiana, Mexico, and Peru, to describe the process of documenting archaeology and structures in 3D. Recording x,y, and z, can seem to be as easy as 123; however, there is much to consider as we begin to integrate these methods into the twenty-first century toolkit.

Speaker:  Alex Badillo, Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Systems, Indiana State University

The Archaeology of South Bend
Sponsored by the Indiana Archaeology Council

Explore current archaeological research being conducted in northern Indiana, particularly during the precontact and historical periods. Then delve into a digital database pulling together archaeological information in northern Indiana, current archaeological work on the campus of Notre Dame, and the social context of archaeology in the early twentieth century.

Speakers:  Joshua Wells, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Social Informatics, Indiana University, South Bend; Jay VanderVeen, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Indiana University, South Bend; and Mark Schurr, Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

Addressing Alternative Materials in Historic Districts
Sponsored by Indiana University’s Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series.  Free and open to the public.

With so many replacement materials on the market and more coming each day, how do historic commissions decide whether a replacement is appropriate and how to choose? Learn the criteria for making two decisions – is replacement needed and what is the best replacement for this project?

Speaker:  Sharon Ferraro, Historic Preservation Coordinator, City of Kalamazoo

3 – 4:00 p.m.
Student Charrette Report

Students from Ball State University’s Historic Preservation Graduate Program worked with community leaders in South Bend to formulate ideas for the former Marquette Elementary School, once included on Indiana Landmarks’ Ten Most Endangered list.  Learn the results of their three-day project and discover potential ideas for vacant schools in your community.

4 – 5 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 2019.

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

5 – 8:30 p.m.

West Washington Stroll and Dine
Tippecanoe Place, 620 West Washington Street

Stroll along West Washington Street where you’ll see the home of South Bend’s leading industrialists like Studebaker and Oliver while admiring a variety of styles from Greek Revival to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie design. Enjoy interior tours including the Queen Anne-style Kizer House, currently being renovated by Indiana Landmarks; Copshaholm, Joseph Oliver’s Romanesque Revival mansion owned by The History Museum; and the former Engman Public Natatorium, once a segregated swimming facility that now houses the Civil Rights Heritage Center. End your tour with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at Tippecanoe Place where you’ll feel like landed gentry inside the Romanesque Revival mansion built by Clem Studebaker from 1886-1889.  We’ll have the run of nearly all 24,000 square feet and four floors to explore old spaces and new uses.

FRIDAY, October 16

The conference moves to the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

8:30 – 9 a.m.

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

9 – 10:30 a.m

Unversity of Notre Dame. Tour starting point and parking instructions to be announced.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Resonance and Relevance:  Thoughts on the Current State of Historic Preservation
Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame

Paul Edmondson was appointed last summer as the ninth president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, after serving as the Trust’s chief counsel for the past two decades.  In this presentation, Mr. Edmondson provides his perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing preservation today, and discusses current priorities for the work of the organization.

SpeakerPaul Edmondson, President and CEO, National Trust for Historic Preservation