Conference Destination 2024

Madison Hosts Statewide Conference

In 2024, Indiana’s preservation conference heads to Madison, a town rich in nineteenth-century architecture and heritage that provided a hub for industry, commerce, the Underground Railroad, and transportation.

Downtown Madison, Indiana


Preserving Historic Places changes locations every year in order to showcase Indiana’s historic communities. Our upcoming conference, October 22-25, 2024, celebrates Madison’s rich nineteenth-century architecture and heritage as a hub for industry, commerce, the Underground Railroad, and transportation.

Conference LocationS & Parking

On Tuesday, October 22, multiple pre-conference workshops will be held at locations throughout Madison. View the conference agenda for details.

On Wednesday, October 23, you’ll find the conference headquarters at Clifty Inn, 1650 Clifty Hollow Road, inside Clifty Falls State Park. Conference attendees receive free park admission. Parking is available at the Inn.

On Thursday, October 24, conference headquarters moves to the Fairfield Inn & Suites, Historic Eagle Cotton Mill, 108 St. Michaels Avenue. As today’s beautiful hotel and conference center, it’s hard to imagine that the 1884 industrial Eagle Cotton Mill complex spent decades as a blighted and endangered structure. Additional sessions occur at the Red Bicycle Hall, 125 East Main Street. Free parking is available at the Fairfield Inn and on surrounding streets. Shuttles will be available between Fairfield Inn and Red Bicycle Hall.

On Friday, October 25, we’ll end the conference at Hanover College, 517 Ball Drive, Hanover. Look for conference parking signs. Shuttles will be available to transport attendees from the parking to the closing plenary session, if needed.

Conference Schedule

See Conference Agenda.


See Hotel Accommodations.

Things to Do

The conference schedule does not allow us to visit all the amazing museums and historic places Madison offers.

Don’t miss a special opportunity to explore Eleutherian College, 6927 West State Road 250, before and after the conference. The 1854 National Historic Landmark is recognized for its early efforts to provide education regardless of race or gender. The building is open Tuesday, October 22 and Friday, October 25 between noon and 4:00. No admission fee, but donations are requested.

Historic Madison Inc. also offers a special opportunity for conference attendees to visit the Shrewsbury-Windle House, 301 West First Street, and the Schroeder Saddletree Factory, 106 Milton Street from Noon – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22 and Friday, October 25.  Show your conference badge for a reduced admission of $10.  You may also tour the 1839 St. Michael the Archangel Church, 519 East Third Street, free of charge on Thursday, October 24 from noon – 2:00 p.m. Enjoy the German Corner food truck as part of lunch on your own.

For a full listing of things to do in the area, check out the Visit Madison website.

Shop the Great American Main Street

During the conference, participating Madison Main Street shops and restaurants are offering a 10% discount to conference registrants, spouses, and family members. Just show your badge or family card to receive the discount. Look for the list of participating businesses on the conference web site, in your conference packet, or spot the decal in the shop window. Sponsored by Madison Main Street, 2024 Great American Main Street Award Winner. 

After Hours

Not ready to call it a night after dinner?  Check out one of the many music venues and learn more about the Madison Music Movement.


Four primary partners—Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Landmarks, Indiana University, and Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs—stage the annual Preserving Historic Places conference. Special thanks to the Jefferson County Board of Tourism for their financial assistance. We’re grateful for the essential support the conference receives from generous sponsors.

Presenting SPONSORS

Sustaining Sponsors


Archaeological Research Institute
ARCHitecture Trio
Denton Floyd Real Estate Group
Gray & Pape, Inc.
Ivy Tech Community College, Madison Campus
Kieser Consulting Group, LLC
Ratio Architects
Weintraut & Associates, Inc.
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
ZYNTH Technologies


Indiana Archaeology Council

In-Kind Sponsors

City of Madison
Hanover College
Red Bicycle Hall
Walnut Street Fire Company

Scholarships Provided By

Ball State University Historic Preservation Program
Indiana University