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Statewide Conference & Historic Preservation Commission Training

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The conference program is available here.

Photos from the conference are available here!

A number of presentations from the conference are available in PDF format:

Capitals Track
- Atlanta's Historic Streetcar Systems - Context and Tools for Identification and Evaluation
- From the Ashes-A Town and Gown Collaborative to Save the Sallie Ellis Davis House
- Legal Perspectives on Historic and Cultural Heritage Preservation
- Preservation for Profit-Direct Education Outreach to Promote Preservation Projects
- Revolving Funds in Georgia - Daniel G. Carey
- Revolving Funds in Georgia - Erick Montgomery
- So, You Want to Start a House Museum - Erick Montgomery
- So, You Want to Start a House Museum - Matt Davis

Columns Track
- Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation Tax Incentives
- Planning for Your Cemetery’s Future
- The Creative Economy - Coming Soon to a Historic Theatre Near You!
- The Hill House at Andalusia - Preserving the Farm of Flannery O'Connor

On April 26th and 27th, preservationists from across Georgia will gather in Milledgeville for the annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference and Historic Preservation Commission Training.  Hosted by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (HPD), the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions (GAPC), with support from the Milledgeville Convention & Visitors Bureau, the two-day conference and training will include educational sessions on topics ranging from revolving funds to historic case studies as well as site visits to local preservation projects and networking opportunities.

The conference will begin at Milledgeville's Old State Capital with a keynote address from Ms. Valecia Crisafulli, the vice president of partnerships at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Following the keynote, conference attendees will be able to choose from three distinct tracks: Capitols (a track focused on history and historic resources), Columns (a track focused on architecture and architectural history), and Commissions (devoted to the work of our Georgia HPC Members).  Sessions will be held at the Antebellum Capital and on the beautiful Georgia Military College campus.  For the first time, the statewide Historic Preservation Commission Training will be held simultaneously with the state conference as well as the Georgia Trust's Spring Ramble.  Full credit will be given to Certified Local Government HPC members and their staff who attend the entire "Commissions" track.  Numerous AIA and CLE credits are also available.

Full registration for the conference includes an evening reception and dinner at Andalusia Farm, the historic home of author Flannery O'Connor.  Following the conference, attendees are invited to stay in Milledgeville for the rest of the weekend and enjoy the Georgia Trust's Spring Ramble.  Ramblers will have private access to some of the Antebellum Capital's many historic residences and city landmarks, including the 1839 Old Governor's Mansion, Memory Hill Cemetery, and the historic Liberty Street antebellum homes. 

Check this page for up-to-date information.  Please contact Outreach Program Manager Leigh Burns at with any questions.

Click here for the full conference agenda.
  • A map of conference locations is available here.
  • Hotel information is available here.
  • A list of sessions that qualify for AIA Continuing Education Credits is available here.
  • A list of sessions that qualify for CLE credits is available here.
  • Information on the Georgia Trust's Spring Ramble is now available on their website.
  • The Milledgeville CVB has created a free smartphone tour of historic sites throughout the area.  Starting at the Milledgeville Welcome Center, users may scan prominently-displayed QR codes to learn more about each site.  More information is available here.  

Reception and Dinner at Andalusia Farm - Friday, April 26 - 6:30-8:30pm

Please be aware that continuous shuttle service will be available starting at 5:45 pm from our preferred hotels including the Holiday Inn, Comfort Suites, and the Fairfield Inn and Suites. You may also park at America’s Best Value Inn located across the street from Andalusia Farm at 2627 North Columbia Street. You may catch the shuttle from there as well. Access for private cars will not be allowed that evening.

Keynote Speaker - Valecia Crisafulli, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Valecia Crisafulli is vice president of partnerships at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Partnerships Department, in the Preservation Division, includes the the Trust’s Partners Network, Preservation Leadership Forum, National Preservation Conference, National Preservation Awards, Preservation Funds grants, training programs, and the National Trust’s Sustainable Communities priority. 
She was most recently the National Trust’s acting vice president for programs and, before that, director of the Center for Preservation Leadership and director of the Statewide and Local Partners program, representing more than 100 of the top-tier professionally staffed preservation nonprofits in the country. She was responsible for launching and managing the Partners in the Field challenge grants for expanded field services and co-managed the National Trust’s Rural Heritage Development Initiative, working in two rural pilot regions to develop and implement preservation-based economic development strategies. 
Crisafulli joined the staff of the National Trust in 2002 as the small business development specialist for the National Trust’s Main Street Center. In that capacity she worked with Main Street communities across the county, particularly in Virginia, Arkansas, Connecticut, and Maryland. She also delivered workshops and services related to business retention and tourism-related business development. Prior to coming to the Trust, she was the coordinator of the Illinois Main Street program from its inception in 1993 until 1999, and then was executive director of Downtown Springfield, Inc. She co-chaired the task force that started Illinois’ regional heritage tourism initiative.

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