Virtual Sessions

Preserving Historic Places Virtual Series

In lieu of an in-person conference in 2020, Preserving Historic Places offers a series of free virtual sessions on a variety of preservation topics.

Avriel Shull Thornhurst

Upcoming Events

October 29, 2020
7 p.m. EDT
Our Fair House

Ambitious, optimistic, passionate, crazy — all terms that have been used to describe restorers of Beverly Shores’ famed Century of Progress houses, moved to Indiana by barge after the conclusion of the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Join Todd Zeiger, Indiana Landmarks Northern Regional Office director, for a conversation with lessees Bill and Lisa Beatty of the Florida Tropical House, and Ross Gambril of the Rostone House as they share the laughs and headaches endured converting temporary show houses into weekend retreats. Discover the motivation it takes to pour money into a National Park Service property you don’t own and what you do when tourists make themselves at home on your rooftop patio.

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Past Events

September 24, 2020
A Shot in the Arm for Main Street

Following a year of evaluation—and months of quarantine—Indiana Main Street Council and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs will announce an improved Main Street program in November 2020 that will add value for new and existing community members. Join Jackie Swihart for a preview of program improvements including that will better support Indiana participants; OCRA’s new Main Street goals; and recent initiatives aimed at supporting local Main Street programs.

View Main Street Resources.

August 20, 2020
Code Enforcement during COVID (or how I learned to live in a Prius)

Steve Szaday, housing inspector with the City of South Bend offers his suggestions on dealing with the five stages of code enforcement during the pandemic: denial, anger, bargaining, empathy, and hope.

View Code Enforcement Resources.

July 30, 2020
Preservation Action

Russ Carnahan, president of national grassroots lobbying group Preservation Action, and Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks, share the latest in historic preservation legislation and answer your questions about federal and state legislative issues. 

View Preservation Action Resources.

July 9, 2020
The Mod Squad

Archivists Jordan Ryan and Maire Gurevitz give a virtual talk diving into the cool Mid-Century Modern collections of the William Henry Smith Library at the Indiana Historical Society. Using the collections of the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Family, Woollen, Molzan, and Partners, and Avriel Shull, they consider the ways in which modern architecture is inherently Midwestern and how our culture may have influenced a propensity for modernistic projects in Central Indiana. Who knew Hoosiers were so hip?

View Mid-Century Modern Resources.