38th Annual California Preservation Conference “The True California Adventure: Preservation’s Wild Ride” Will be Held in Orange County, CA May 1- 3, 2013

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Conference Will Celebrate Orange County’s Cultural and Historic Heritage

“Our cultural heritage belongs to all of us, preservation affects all of us, and we all have a role to play in preserving our heritage,” said Cindy Heitzman, CPF Executive Director.

Historic preservation will take center stage in Orange County, CA from May 1-3, 2013, as the 38th Annual California Preservation Conference celebrates California’s world-famous cultural and historic heritage. The 2013 California Preservation Conference will also explore a range of thought-provoking topics that address the future of preservation and preservation technologies in the great Golden State.

The conference theme, “The True California Adventure: Preservation’s Wild Ride” will feature over 20 sessions and workshops—from seminars and panel discussions to mobile sessions and study tours—which delve into traditional and new notions of historic preservation and engage new audiences in setting its course for the future. The conference will focus on four specific tracks of discussion:

  •     Nuts & Bolts, Gadgets & Gizmos: Balancing Traditional Materials and New Technologies
  •     Destination Travel: Economic Development through Heritage Tourism
  •     Futurama: Yesterday’s World of Tomorrow Today
  •     Carousel of Progress: Harnessing Future Trends in Preservation

Based at the historic Crowne Plaza Anaheim Resort, the conference will include special events and tours that highlight Orange County’s rich architecture, landscapes and history, including: Old Orange County Courthouse – Los Rios Historic District – Casa Romantica – Anaheim Citrus Packing House – Crystal Cove State Park – Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens – Old Towne Orange – Crystal Cathedral – Muckenthaler Cultural Center – Chapman University – and more!

“While preservationists have always seen the critical role historic preservation plays in economic development, sustainability, community well-being, and other areas, this conference seeks to bring this message into the mainstream and engage the many people who may not think of their efforts as related to preservation,” said Cindy Heitzman, executive director of the California Preservation Foundation. “Our cultural heritage belongs to all of us, preservation affects all of us, and we all have a role to play in preserving our heritage.”

The California Preservation Foundation has worked closely since April 2012 with the following partners and organizations to create this event: Anaheim Historical Society; California State Parks, Office of Historic Preservation; City of Orange; City of San Clemente; Dana Point Historical Society; Fullerton Heritage; Muckenthaler Cultural Center; OC Parks – County of Orange; Orange County Historical Commission; Old Towne Preservation Association; San Clemente Historical Society; Tustin Preservation Conservancy; USC Heritage Conservation Program.

For more information about the 2013 California Preservation Conference and to register, please visit http://www.californiapreservation.org or call (415) 495-0349.

Founded in 1977, California Preservation Foundation (CPF) is the only statewide non-profit historic preservation education and advocacy membership organization in California. CPF serves as an essential link in the state’s historic preservation network, and emphasizes educational programs, advocacy and information exchange through a quarterly newsletter, the Preservation Design Awards, the Annual California Preservation Conference, workshops and publications addressing critical preservation issues.

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