Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019 Schedule

All events take place at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol unless otherwise noted. Event locations and times are subject to change.

Wednesday, January 16

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Schulenburg area Soaring over Schulenburg: The Painted Churches of Central Texas
Pre-conference Tour
Bob Brinkman, Texas Historical Commission; Robert Marshall, R. Alden Marshall & Associates
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Sheraton Curating a Lone Star State of Mind: Present and Future Directions in the THC’s Curatorial Facilities Certification Program
Pre-conference Workshop
Bradford M. Jones, Texas Historical Commission
9 a.m.–3 p.m. French Legation State Historic Site Hands-On Masonry Restoration Workshop
Pre-conference Workshop
Frances Gale, Architectural Conservator and Consultant; Sarah Holder, Prosoco/Restoration Training Collaborative; and Bob Holmes, RK Holmes Company
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sheraton Main Street 101: Orientation for New Main Street Managers and Board Members
Pre-conference Workshop
Texas Historical Commission staff from the Texas Main Street Program and Town Square Initiative
9–11 a.m. Sheraton Historic Preservation Officer Basics (Part of the Certified Local Government Workshop)
Pre-conference Workshop
Madeline Clites, Texas Historical Commission
11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Sheraton Certified Local Government Workshop
Pre-conference Workshop
Megan Brown, National Park Service; Roman McAllen, City of Denton; Amber Rojas, City of Tyler; and Justin Newhart, City of Fort Worth
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sheraton Learn to See Clearly: Removing Blind Spots from Organizational Behaviors
Pre-conference Workshop
Chris Taylor, Minnesota Historical Society
9 a.m.4:30 p.m. Sheraton Elements of Successful Philanthropy: Building a Comprehensive and Sustainable Development Program
Pre-conference Workshop
Anjali Kaul Zutshi, Friends of the Texas Historical Commission and Angela Reed, Texas Historical Commission
10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sheraton Historic Tax Credits How-To: Everything You Need to Know About Utilizing Historic Preservation Tax Credits
Pre-conference Workshop
Caroline Wright, Valerie Magolan, Kylie Woodlock, and Gregory Smith, Texas Historical Commission; Bill Franks, not affiliated; and Amy Miller, City of Elgin
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Texas General Land Office and Texas State Library and Archives Commission Facilities Archival Research and Practical Strategies for Preservation
Pre-conference Workshop
Jelain Chubb and Sarah Norris, Texas State Library and Archives Commission; James Harkins, Texas General Land Office
3–7 p.m. Sheraton Exhibit Hall
4–6 p.m. Sheraton Round Robin Sessions
Staff of the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Department of Transportation, and Texas Heritage Trails Program
6–9 p.m. Sheraton Opening Keynote and Reception
A Journey Through the History of Texas Film

Speakers and Entertainment: Charles Ramirez Berg, The University of Texas at Austin; Texas Film Commission; and Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Thursday, January 17

8 a.m.–4 p.m. Sheraton Exhibit Hall
8:15–9:15 a.m. Sheraton Understanding Potential Visitors—and How to Get Them Through the Door
Breakfast and General Session
Colleen Dilenschneider, IMPACTS Research
Breakout Sessions
9:30–10:45 a.m. Sheraton 1A: Computer in a Roll-Top Desk
Integrating Technology into Historic Buildings
Chris Hutson, AIA, Hutson|Gallagher, Inc. and Sam Goldsmith, Goldsmith Solutions
    1B: You’ve Been Here How Long?
How the Texas Treasure Business Award Helps Businesses
The Honorable Leticia Van de Putte, RPh, former Texas State Senator and Chay Rees Runnels, Stephen F. Austin State University
    1C: Silent No More
Expanding the African American Narrative Through Archeology and 19th-Century Public Records
Shannon Smith and Hal Simon-Hassell, Texas Historical Commission; Samuel Collins, III, Historian
    1D: Happy Hours? Fun Runs?
How to Successfully Diversify the Visitor Experience to Engage New Audiences
Colleen Dilenschneider, IMPACTS Research
    1E: Come Home to Downtown
Dr. Gary Jennings and Douglas Moss
Breakout Sessions
11:15 a.m.–
12:30 p.m.
Sheraton 2A: Plaster Restoration in Your Historic Building
Burt Wagner, D&B Lath and Plaster, Inc. and Brit Barr, Texas Historical Commission
     2B: The Bexar County GIS Initiative
Digitally Imposing the Past onto the Local Landscape

John F. Reynolds, University of Texas at San Antonio; Eric Lomeli, Bexar County; Jessica Nowlin and Clinton McKenzie, Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio
    2C: Funding Opportunities with National Park Service Grants
Megan Brown, National Park Service and Cara Bertron, City of Austin
    2D: Open the Door
Interpreting Historic Churches and Sacred Spaces

Ted Lee Eubanks, Fermata, Inc.
    2E: Making Places Real and Measuring Success in Public Projects
Therese Huffman, Signature Design
12:30–2 p.m. Sheraton Of the Community, By the Community, For the Community
Lunch and General Session
Nina Simon, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Breakout Sessions
2:15–3:30 p.m. Sheraton 3A: Maintaining Magnificence
Help in the Form of a Courthouse Maintenance Handbook

Nancy McCoy, FAIA, FAPT, and Nicky DeFreece Emery, AIA, McCoy Collaborative Preservation Architecture
    3B: Spirit of Place
Connecting Cultural Mapping to Design Guidelines

Claudia Guerra and Kathy Rodriguez, San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation
    3C: Creative Placemaking + Arts/Culture Planning
Sarah Gamble, Texas Historical Commission and Lynn Osgood, Civic Arts
    3D: Doesn’t it Belong in a Museum?
Accessing Archeology for Local Preservation and History

Bradford M. Jones, Texas Historical Commission
    3E: Deep Dive into OFBYFOR ALL
Nina Simon, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Breakout Sessions
4–5:15 p.m. Sheraton 4A: Let’s Keep it Dry
Basement Leak-Prevention and Waterproofing

Jeff Acton, P.E. and Erika Bonfanti, P.E., Acton Partners Consulting
    4B: Cultural Landscapes
Methods for Heritage Conservation and Community Engagement

Julie McGilvray, Guadalupe Mountains National Park
    4C: Lost in Interpretation
Telling Undertold Stories at Texas State Historic Sites

Emiliano “Nano” Calderon and Machelle Wood, Texas Historical Commission
    4D: Public Engagement for Downtown Revitalization
Sarah O’Brien, City of Bastrop and Chad Patton, Baker Hotel Development Partners
    4E: Houston, We Have a Problem
Restoring the Apollo Mission Control Center

Sandra Tetley, NASA; David Bucek, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Stern and Bucek; Dr. Adam Graves, GRAVitate, LLC
6–9 p.m. Sheraton Cocktail Reception and THC Awards Banquet
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Gene Kranz, former leader of the flight team that brought Apollo 13 safely home


Friday, January 18

8:15–9:15 a.m. Sheraton Dowling Street to Emancipation Avenue
Community Revitalization in Houston’s Third Ward

Breakfast and General Session
Curtis Davis, Emancipation Community Development Partnership
9:15–10:45 a.m. Sheraton Texas Courthouse Stewardship Roundtable Discussion
Sharon Fleming and James Malanaphy, Texas Historical Commission
Breakout Sessions
9:30–10:45 a.m. Sheraton 5A: Preservation in Gentrifying Communities
Assata Richards, Sankofa Research Institute; Megan Henderson, City Center Waco; and Claudia Guerra, San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation
    5B: From Emancipation to Excavation
Stories from Archeological Investigations at Ransom Williams Farmstead

Doug Boyd, Prewitt and Associates, Inc.; Maria Franklin, University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Anthropology; and Deborah Gray, Curriculum Specialist
    5C: Austin’s Cemetery Master Plan
Garnering Local Support for Cemetery Stewardship

Kim McKnight, City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department
11 a.m.–
12:15 p.m.
Sheraton A Passion for Craft
Lunch and General Session
Brent Hull, Hull Historical