October 9, 2013

Meet at the Crossroads: Race to Indy for the National Preservation Conference

  • By: Priya Chhaya

Every year, aside from the dropping temps, there is one clear indicator that fall has arrived: it's time for the National Preservation Conference.

That’s right, we are now less than a month away from our annual conference, which starts on October 29 at the Crossroads of America -- Indianapolis, Indiana.

The city's moniker is thanks to its location on the National Road (the nation’s first federally funded interstate highway) and other major transportation routes -- which, to someone like me who loves visiting new cities, is enough to get me racing to Indy. But did you also know that in 2011 Indianapolis was named by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Downtowns for its thriving nightlife, connections to cultural and recreational opportunities, and architectural character?

View of Indianapolis, the Circle City. Credit: Dan Francis
View of Indianapolis, the Circle City

Sure, we’ll be spending most of our days networking and attending education sessions, but I am also excited about checking out the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Just opened this past May, this world-class urban bike and pedestrian path connects neighborhoods, cultural districts, and entertainment amenities, while serving as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system.

Then there is the incredible work of our partner for the conference. Indiana Landmarks, who in 2010 raised funds to restore the vacant Central Avenue Methodist Church, have now turned it into a multi-purpose event space and the organization’s headquarters. With its usual energy and enthusiasm, Indiana Landmarks has pulled out all the stops for the National Preservation Conference to show the Hoosier state at its very best.

For those of you who call Indianapolis home, there are a few events open to the public, including the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards. Visit Indiana Landmarks to learn more about the LGBT-A Dance Party, Halloween Candlelight Tour, and Speakeasy on the Circle as well.

Race to Indy this fall at the National Preservation Conference. Credit: Indianapolis CVB
Race to Indy this fall at the National Preservation Conference.

Thinking about registering for the conference? Make sure to check out these Staff Picks, and keep in mind that online registration ends October 15. Also available is our pre-conference content, including reading lists for our morning conversation starters, on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog.

If you can’t make it in person, follow along with us on Twitter at #presconf or check out our recaps on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog. You’ll also be able to watch a live stream of the Opening Plenary with keynote Henry Glassie and the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards at www.preservationnation.org/conference.

So what are you waiting for? Meet us at the Crossroads!

While her day job involves working with preservation professionals as manager for online content at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Priya spends other waking moments musing, writing, and learning about how the public engages and embraces history.


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