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2012 National Preservation Conference: Spokane

October 31 - November 3, 2012

Move beyond traditional boundaries at the National Preservation Conference in Spokane, Washington.

Preservation Idaho invites you to cross our state line and visit Spokane this fall! Join preservationists from across the country for four exciting days of education and field sessions, lectures and hands-on opportunities, awards and festivities.

This national convening of approximately 2,000 professionals and enthusiasts provides Idaho residents with a unique opportunity—in our own backyard—to network, to learn and to receive high-level training in historic preservation, community revitalization and related fields. The National Preservation Conference is a purveyor of a variety of Continuing Education Credits (including CLE, AIA, AICP). Preservation Idaho members, historic preservation commissioners and local historical society and museum directors will find exceptional opportunities for training and networking.

Come to Spokane to bridge chasms, break tradition, and explore what going beyond boundaries can do to move preservation deeper into the consciousness of Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and outlooks.

Preservation Idaho is proud to participate on several educational panels, host TWO affiliate events during the Spokane conference, as well as offer a limited number of scholarships. Watch this page for more information!

Sandpoint Field Session

Sandpoint Train Depot

Trains, Theatre and Timber
October 31, 2012
Registration is OPEN

Learn how Sandpoint, Idaho (named “most beautiful small town” by USA today in 2011) and the surrounding area blossomed into a thriving community by preserving their past while keeping an eye on the future. Read more »

Idahoans at the National Preservation Conference

Don't miss out on the contributions of Idahoans at the 2012 National Preservation Conference!

  • Sandpoint, Idaho: Trains, Theatre and Timber!
  • Cataldo Mission and Coeur d'Alene Tribal Traditions
  • Preservation Partnerships for Open Space and Cultural Resource Preservation
  • Preservation and Environmentalism: Bridging the Gap
  • The Big Burn and Idaho's Silver Valley
  • Greening your guidelines: When, Where, Why and How

Read more »

Learn more about the area!

Follow our guest blogger Nancy Foster Renk as she publishes monthly posts about northern Idaho.

NEW! Camas Prairie Railroad


Ice Age Floods of the Pacific Northwest

Affiliate Event: Reception at the Montvale


Join us in the atrium of Spokane's historic Montvale Hotel (West 1005 First Ave) on Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Invitation only. RSVP to Kathleen at kathleen@preservationidaho.org.



Scholars announced!

Preservation Idaho is delighted to join with our sister organizations – the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic Preservation League of Oregon – to offer regional scholarships for the National Preservation Conference in Spokane. Read more »

Extend your visit in North Idaho with a stay in Historic Wallace.

Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum

Wallace Inn
208.752.1252, 1-800-N-IDA-FUN
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Plan to visit Historic Wallace, entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places!! Silver Capital of the World.