Real Places Conference

Bringing Preservationists Together

We are excited to host the Texas Historical Commission’s seventh annual Real Places conference February 1-3, 2023, in Austin. Once again, we will bring together all the people from diverse disciplines and organizations who make historic preservation in Texas happen.

Enjoy the opportunity to network with and learn from County Historical Commissions, Main Street managers and board members, historic preservation officers, design review boards, architects, engineers, historians, archeologists, curators, interpreters, educators, nonprofit staff and volunteers, THC staff, Texas Heritage Trail Regions, and many more.

Attendees return to their communities with renewed energy, ideas, and resources for enhancing their historic preservation and heritage tourism programs. We hope you will join us!


Why Attend?

Want more reasons why you should attend the Real Places conference? Don’t just take it from us. Our Why Attend? page contains feedback we’ve heard from past attendees, as well as specific information and skills you can learn at Real Places and take back with you to benefit your organization, company, or community.

Gain Education & Certification Credits

Members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits by attending certain Real Places workshops and sessions.

Members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) can earn continuing education credits to meet licensing requirements by attending certain Real Places workshops and sessions.

View Past Conference Materials

Like Texas historic sites, we aim to preserve the knowledge and value that comes from the Real Places Conference. Visit our archives (coming soon) to explore presentations and programs of past years. While we work to set up our archive pages, please see the past conference programs below.

Download 2021 Program     Download 2022 Program