#PresConf Recap: What If?

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff

"I challenge us to constantly be in service to that simple, but wonderful question, "What If?"

Last night the National Preservation Conference kicked off with the opening plenary at the gorgeous Hilbert Circle Theatre here in Indianapolis. While her talk ended with a query, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks stated:

"Seeking alternate paths to preservation is what I think history invites us to do; to tap the same impulses that created our wonderful house museums in the first place. Listening.  Learning. Adapting.  Innovating.  Acting."

The next few days are all about this. Listening to innovative projects. Learning from our fellow preservationists, adapting to change, charging up for innovation so we can return home to act.

The plenary also featured renowned scholar Henry Glassie who set the stage for our visit to Indiana, providing us with a vocabulary for what this city and this state has to offer.

Miss the plenary? You can watch both Stephanie Meeks and Henry Glassie's speech on U Stream. You can read her speech here on the blog.


Quick Reference for Thursday October 31


  • Registration is open from 7am-5pm located in Union Station outside the Expo Hall.
  • Conversation Starter on Diversity in Preservation is at 8:30 at the Madame Walker Theatre. Buses will leave promptly at 8:10am from the Omni Severin and will not be shuttling.
  • Expo Hall opens at 10am. The Forum reception (Raffle! Prizes! is at 5:30pm).
  • Halloween Candlelight House Tour is from 7-10pm. Buses begin departing from the Omni Severin at 6:45pm. Final bus back to the Omni is at 10:15pm