“Connecting Our Future with Missouri’s Historic Past”
On Tuesday evening, our conference speakers, sponsors and trade show vendors gathered at the historic Krug Mansion for the President’s Reception, held every year at the conference as a way to thank our top donors and those involved with the conference.
With over 60 people in attendance, we enjoyed a lovely evening of networking and history. A big thank you to Lawrence Group for sponsoring, River Bluff Brewing and Windy Wines for providing beverages, and the Reeves family for letting us into their home!
The conference officially kicked off on Wednesday morning, diving straight into sessions such as “Star Wars — The Battle to Save Brick Buildings” and “Tax Credit 101.” Board President Dave Mastin welcomed conference-goers later that morning at the beautiful Missouri Theater for the Keynote, followed by St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray. Our keynote speakers came from the National Park Service. Lee Kreutzer, Kristin Van Fleet, Kaisa Barthuli and Dan Wiley spoke about “National Historic Trails: Connection People and Places Through Preservation” as St. Joseph is located on more than one National Historic Trail and recently hosted a charrette with the National Park Service on how to better incorporate this history into their downtown. Our friends at Brown Smith Wallace sponsored the keynote event.
For the 2019 conference Missouri Preservation did not provide lunch on the first two days, and instead attendees were encouraged to patronize downtown restaurants and other businesses. Our conference location was only a few minute walk from a variety of wonderful local eateries. We hope having the conference downtown had a positive impact on the local economy!
Wednesday evening’s Opening Reception was held at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, owned by St. Joseph Museum’s and the apex of the Museum Hill Neighborhood. Thanks to the hard work of the Museum Hill Neighborhood Association, Jo Anne Grey, and the five Questers chapters of St. Joseph conference goers had the opportunity to visit 12 properties within the neighborhood. The evening was featured on the local St. Joseph News!
Thursday’s sessions included the Mt. Mora Cemetery Cleaning workshop and an advanced session entitled “Insulating the Walls of Historic Buildings: Understanding the Benefits, Problems and Best Practices” which was added to the schedule after being a common request over the years.
The annual Legacy Awards Dinner was hosted Thursday evening at the Moila Country Club. This year conference chair and local St. Josephite, Lauren Manning, presented the awards recognizing individuals and groups who have gone above and beyond in the preservation of their community. Photographs of the winners can be seen below. Thank you to Enhanced Historic Credit Partners for sponsoring this event.
2019 Legacy Award Winners
While Friday morning included a round of severe storms, it did not stop a group of individuals from heading out for the Tour of Downtown St. Joseph! (Thank you to the CVB for supplying ponchos!) Those who stuck around and stayed dry got to hear about other local preservation efforts, including the events put on by St. Joseph museums to engage the public in preservation and a session on UnCommon Character, a social media mission created to showcase the history of St. Joseph by comparing historic building post cards to their current locations.
The State of Preservation Luncheon was held Friday afternoon and included an update on the State Historic Preservation Office from Deputy SHPO, Toni Prawl, and the recent activities of Missouri Preservation from our Executive Director, Bill Hart. Luncheon tickets turned into a door prize thanks to a t-shirt donation from local boutique Manic Snail. Thank you to MarksNelson for sponsoring the luncheon!
Friday afternoon’s New Rules: State Historic Tax Summit, sponsored by Stark Wilson Duncan, covered the newest updates to the Missouri Historic Preservation Tax Credit program. To read about these changes, visit our Missouri Historic Preservation Tax Credit page.
We could not have hosted this conference without the aid of our conference partner, The City of St. Joseph. Their involvement, as well as that of the Landmark Commission, Convention and Visitors Bureau, and conference chair Lauren Manning, was pivotal in showing all the wonderful things St. Joseph has to offer.
Thank you to the sponsors of the 2019 Missouri Preservation Conference
Deb Sheals, Building Preservation LLC
Karen Bode Baxter, Preservation Consultant
Lisa Rock, Re/Max Professionals
Mosaic Life Care
Pishny Restoration, Co.
Mackey Mitchell Architects, Inc.
Pier Property Management
R.G. Ross Construction Co., Inc.
Commerce Bank St. Joseph
Nodaway Valley Bank
SFS Architecture, Inc.
US Bank St. Joseph
Custom Storefronts, Inc.
Engine House No. 1
Killeen Studio Architects
Society of Architectural Historians St. Louis Chapter
Wollenberg Building Conservation