Newton will host the State Historic Preservation Conference in June, an event expected to draw  more than 100 attendees to the city.



Newton will host the State Historic Preservation Conference in June, an event expected to draw  more than 100 attendees to the city.
Newton was selected to host the annual conference, which will be from June 2 through 5, in 2009 when the state historic preservation office gave the city a grant.
Newton was chosen as host for the conference because of its standing with the state historic preservation office, which recognizes Newton as a certified local government.
Billi Jo Wilson of the Newton Historic Preservation Commission said she and other officials of Newton and North Newton are excited to show off some of the historical buildings and districts in town.
“We have some pretty unique factors,” Wilson said.
She said the range of ages of the buildings in the McKinnley Historic District, for example, was impressive.
The buildings in that area were built in the 1800 to 1940s.
The conference will bring preservationists and others interested in historical architecture to Newton.
The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce is recommending businesses extend their hours the evening of June 3 to accommodate potential shoppers.
“We’re looking at up to 150,” Wilson said of potential attendees. She said that number would be typical for this kind of conference. So far, there are about 100 registered.
The conference will include events at the Carriage Factory Gallery in downtown Newton and Bethel College, as well as tours of historic areas and buildings in Newton and surrounding areas.
There will be a banquet Friday night with speakers, including Charles Phoenix, who studies and has written a book on Americana. He will speak about Kansas-related Americana.
Many of the events are free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required.
For more information or to register, go to www.kshs.org/resource/preservationconf.htm.
Registration is each morning before events.

 


Preservation conference events

Wednesday, June 2
• Preservation program workshops
• Historic bridge workshop
• Great tours workshop
• Historic property development workshop
• Progressive opening reception

Thursday, June 3
• Economic impact of historic preservation
• Saving deteriorated residential properties
• African-American properties in Wichita
• Mennonite Architecture Walking Tour
• Harnessing Volunteer Power
• Reception and auction

Friday, June 4
• The comeback of the city
• The Christman Building
• Birthplace of Kansas archeology
• Historic masonry workshop
• Reception/banquet with keynote speaker Charles Phoenix

Saturday, June 5
• Rural heritage tour
• Homeowners workshop