2023 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

When: October 25-28, 2023

Where: Tucson, Arizona; Tucson Convention Center (TCC)

We are thrilled to be participating in the 2023 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference in our lovely hometown this year! This year’s theme is “History in the Balance.”

As an added bonus, the 2023 keynote speaker is Lydia Otero, author of La Calle: Spatial Conflicts and Urban Renewal in a Southwest City. Otero will be presenting the conference welcome and keynote session on Thursday, October 26th at the Leo Rich Theater, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

From the Arizona Preservation Foundation: This year’s conference theme was selected to reflect the delicate dance we do as historic preservationists to manage what at times can feel like competing objectives. All preservation occurs within a context, whether it is urban planning and development, recreation, heritage education, wildfire fuels reduction, or infrastructure development. Choices need to be made and compromise is often the name of the game.

Often the scales seem to be weighted heavily against preservation. Our rapidly changing world demands innovation and advancement—drawing our attention invariably toward the future. However, the communities in which we live, work, and recreate embody our spirit, values, and—of course—our history. The framers of the National Historic Preservation Act knew this when they wrote the following line into its preamble: “the historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people.” 

We look forward to meeting you at the conference! Be sure to stop by our table to purchase books and browse our wonderful collection of new and recent titles.


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