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Education Sessions


Our Education Sessions cover a variety of topics from preservation experts in our community.   Whether you need basic preservation training, ideas on how to fix your historic windows, or network with other communities about what has worked, our sessions are for you!  Sessions are held May 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple at 650 East South Temple in Salt Lake City.  Following the sessions, attendees are invited to tour the Ladies Literary Club building down the street.   Read on for more information.


Session Schedule and Titles






Advance registration has closed; it ran through May 7 at 12:00 Noon, giving you the option of getting all four education sessions with advance Registration Packages as low as $120, or choosing any number of individual sessions for $15 per session.  For those CLG representatives using the discount code, they must enter it one registration at a time.  Following May 7, registration is available at the door on May 9, with all prices increasing.  Registration for individual sessions is per session time and not for any specific session topic.   Membership in Utah Heritage Foundation is strongly encouraged with your conference registration.  Your basic membership helps UHF provide our award-winning, quality programming like this conference and homes tour for reasonable prices, as well as giving free year-round tours and education programs for children.  All registrants must check in at the Masonic Temple previous to attending their session.

Education Session Schedule and Titles

Heritage_Foundation_012webAll sessions will take place inside the Masonic Temple.  A tentative list of session titles, times, room locations, descriptions, and presenter information is forthcoming.  Call (801) 533-0858 ext. 107 for additional details on any session. 

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Sustainability Strategies for Historic Buildings

What do we mean when we say “sustainable?” Is it lower energy consumption for our homes and businesses or is it more? Learn why preservation and maintenance are viable sustainable practices and what you can do to “green-up” your historic building NOW.
Presenter: Don Hartley, Historical Architect, Utah Division of State History
David Tempel Lounge
pptClick here to download Don's presentation.(12.09 MB)

Park City: Taming the Wild West of Preservation

Park City has always done things a little differently and historic preservation is no exception. With real estate pressures mounting on the wealth of mining era structures, the city has implemented a range of policies and strategies to encourage historic preservation. What’s been tried, successful, and considered for the future will be the main topics of this session
Presenters: Dina Williams Blaes, President, Preservation Solutions, Inc.
Anya Grahn, Historic Preservation Planner, Park City Municipal Corporation

Colonial Room
pdfClick here to download Anya's presentation.(36.21 MB)

What Living Architects Taught Me About Mid-Century Buildings

The founding of the state’s first architecture school at the University of Utah in 1949 brought trained architects from around the country to Utah to teach, practice, and mentor a new generation. With this generation of architects retiring from active practice, it has opened the opportunity for historians to conduct interviews that have them reflect back on their practice, influence, major projects, and the direction Utah was taking in the mid-twentieth century.
Presenter: Bim Oliver, Consultant
Egyptian Room

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Lead-Based Paint:  Myths and Misconceptions

Chances are if you undertaking a rehab project on your historic property, you will come across lead-based paint at some point. Learn tips and best practices for how you should handle lead-based paint for the healthiest outcome during your project.
Presenter: David Richardson, AIA, Capitol Hill Construction
Click here to download David's presentation.
Michael Mahaffey, Home-Tech, Inc

David Tempel Lounge

Utilizing Social Media to Your Advantage

Do you “like” Facebook? Enamored with hash tags? Feel like you’re lucky just to have a website? No matter what your background or experience, having a well rounded online presence can boost the public’s awareness about your organization, project, or historic site. Not to mention increase your fundraising potential! Come find out the benefits of increasing your online presence including the basics of social media options.
Presenters: Jocelyn Kearl and Troy Mumm, Third Sun Productions
Colonial Room

21st Century Learning Environments in 20th Century Schools

When forward thinking about growth and education meet an older school building, innovation is paramount in order to achieve both historic preservation and meet the needs of students. These are complex building reuse scenarios that require strategic decisions regarding educational enhancements, environmental responsibility, and the incorporation of community values that drive design construction decisions and budget. Build your knowledge for similar future projects in your community!
Presenter: Francesca Brake, Lower School Director, The McGillis School
Gary Reed, Retired, Ogden City School District

Egyptian Room


1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Grants: Getting What You Want

Writing grants for your projects can sometimes seem overwhelming. Learn from experience how to diversify your grants and analyze the right “fit” before writing your grants to people who may or may not be interested in your cause.
Presenter: Diana Spencer, Co-founder, Casino Star Theater Foundation
David Tempel Lounge

Local Historic District Designation: Salt Lake City's Solutions

After a quiet 2013 legislative session, preservationists across the state can finally rest easy as several years of intense discussion about the ability of local municipalities to designate local landmarks. Salt Lake City was at the forefront of discussions to resolve the concerns of legislators. Find out what policies they implemented to successfully move preservation forward in the city and for the entire state.
Presenter: Joel Paterson, Assistant Planning Director, Salt Lake City Corporation
Colonial Room

Get Tough:  Small(er) Town Ordinances That Work

In 2007 Farmington was a CLG with a 15-year-old preservation ordinance but was losing historic resources every year without any real way to stop it. Learn what we did to upgrade our ordinances and put protections in place. Two years later, Farmington adopted a model preservation ordinance. And I’m going to tell you how we did it.
Presenters: Alysa Revell, Consultant, Alysa Revell Historic Renovation and Design
Egyptian Room


2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

UHF Shakin' It Up:  Heritage Education and Preservation At Work Project House

Utah Heritage Foundation is working hard to further our mission through education and preservation with new programming and projects that help the public see who we are and why preservation is important. Come listen to some of the new, fabulous, projects we are completing this year.
Presenters: Elizabeth Bradley-Wilson, Assistant Director, and Alison Flanders, Public Outreach Director, Utah Heritage Foundation
David Tempel Lounge

Is the Federal Rehab Tax Credit in Jeopardy?

This year, the Congress and President Obama will be entering into an intense discussion regarding tax reform. It’s been said that everything is on the table for negotiation. The federal rehabilitation tax credit for income-producing properties has been the single most successful preservation incentive, period. Find out what the current status of tax reform is and what you can do to help keep this successful 35 year old program around.
Presenters: Nelson Knight, Tax Credit Program Coordinator, Utah Division of State History
Colonial Room

Results of the Economic Impact Study of Historic Preservation in Utah

In 2012, Utah Heritage Foundation hired PlaceEconomics, headed by renowned economist Donovan Rypkema, to conduct the state’s first economic impact study of historic preservation. After many months of research, preliminary data and conclusions will be released for the first time and discussed in this session.
Presenters: Kirk Huffaker, Executive Director, Utah Heritage Foundation
Egyptian RoomHeritage_Foundation_050web


Preservation Power Lunch With M. Wayne Donaldson, FAIA
Historic Preservation: The Next Ten Years

This year the Heritage Awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Thursday, May 9. At 12:00 Noon on Friday, May 10, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Chair M. Wayne Donaldson will give the Preservation Power Lunch Keynote Address. This event is free and open to the public; however, lunch is not free. Those wishing to have a box lunch provided must either purchase a registration package or buy lunch at $15 in advance or $20 on May 10.


Conference attendees may park behind the Masonic Temple for free.  There are two entrances to the parking lot south of the building:

  • From eastbound South Temple, turn in the driveway along the west side of the Temple.
  • From southbound 700 East, turn into the parking lot south of the Anniversary Inn.


We also encourage attendees to use any one of the public transit options available for reaching the Masonic Temple.  Particularly UTA bus route 209 makes regular stops close to the Temple.  Visit the UTA website for specific route information.


Volunteers at Utah Preservation Conference receive free admission to all sessions.  For details on volunteer opportunities, contact Utah Heritage Foundation's Volunteer Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (801) 533-0858 ext. 104.

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