Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019 Speaker Presentations



Wednesday, January 16

Curating a Lone Star State of Mind: Present and Future Directions in the THC’s Curatorial Facilities Certification Program Bradford M. Jones, Texas Historical Commission
Main Street 101: Orientation for New Main Street Managers and Board Members Texas Historical Commission staff from the Texas Main Street Program and Town Square Initiative

Elements of Successful Philanthropy: Building a Comprehensive and Sustainable Development Program Anjali Kaul Zutshi, Friends of the Texas Historical Commission and Angela Reed, Texas Historical Commission
Historic Preservation Officer Basics Madeline Clites and Lorelei Willett, Texas Historical Commission

Certified Local Government Workshop Roman McAllen, City of Denton; Amber Rojas, City of Tyler; and Justin Newhart, City of Fort Worth

Historic Tax Credits How-To: Everything You Need to Know About Utilizing Historic Preservation Tax Credits Caroline Wright, Valerie Magolan, Kylie Woodlock, and Gregory Smith, Texas Historical Commission; Bill Franks, not affiliated; and Amy Miller, City of Elgin

Round Robin Sessions Staff of the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Department of Transportation, and Texas Heritage Trails Program
Opening Keynote and Reception
A Journey Through the History of Texas Film
Charles Ramirez Berg, The University of Texas at Austin


Thursday, January 17

Breakout 1B: Come Home to Downtown Dr. Gary Jennings, historic downtown developer; and Douglas Moss, Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture
Breakout 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

Breakout 1D: You’ve Been Here How Long?
How the Texas Treasure Business Award Helps Businesses
Chay Rees Runnels, Stephen F. Austin State University
Breakout 2A: Plaster Restoration in Your Historic Building Burt Wagner, D&B Lath and Plaster, Inc. and Brit Barr, Texas Historical Commission
Breakout 2C: Funding Opportunities with National Park Service Grants Cara Bertron, City of Austin
Breakout 2D: Open the Door: Interpreting Historic Churches and Sacred Spaces Ted Lee Eubanks, Fermata, Inc.
Breakout 2E: Making Places Real and Measuring Success in Public Projects Therese Huffman, Signature Design

Of the Community, By the Community, For the Community Nina Simon, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Breakout 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
Breakout 3C: Doesn’t it Belong in a Museum? Accessing Archeology for Local Preservation and History Bradford M. Jones, Texas Historical Commission
Breakout 3D: Creative Placemaking + Arts/Culture Planning Lynn Osgood, Civic Arts
Breakout 4A: Let’s Keep it Dry: Basement Leak-Prevention and Waterproofing Jeff Acton, P.E. and Erika Bonfanti, P.E., Acton Partners Consulting
Breakout 4B: Cultural Landscapes: Methods for Heritage Conservation and Community Engagement Julie McGilvray, Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Breakout 4C: Lost in Interpretation: Telling Undertold Stories at Texas State Historic Sites Emiliano “Nano” Calderon and Machelle Wood, Texas Historical Commission
Breakout 4D: Public Engagement for Downtown Revitalization Lynda Humble, City of Bastrop and Chad Patton, Baker Hotel Development Partners

Friday, January 18

Dowling Street to Emancipation Avenue: Community Revitalization in Houston’s Third Ward Curtis Davis, Emancipation Community Development Partnership

Breakout 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
A Passion for Craft Brent Hull, Hull Historical