Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2020 Conference


Registration for Real Places 2020 is now open!


We hope you will join us in Austin, January 29-31, 2020 for the fourth annual Real Places Conference presented by Phoenix I Restoration & Construction. Hosted by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, the conference will provide an opportunity for preservationists and officials to network and learn with county historical commissions, Main Street managers and participants, historic preservation officers and design review boards, architects and engineers, historians, archeologists, curators, interpreters, managers of museums and historic sites, as well as Texas Historical Commission staff, Texas Heritage Trail Regions, and other partner agencies.

In addition to the regular conference schedule, Real Places 2020 will offer pre-conference workshops and tours for various audiences on Wednesday, January 29th. As part of the events, the THC’s award-winning Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program will present its annual Texas Courthouse Stewardship Workshop for county officials and facilities managers, as well as special technical preservation sessions on maintaining historic buildings. Aligning these training opportunities enables municipal and county representatives to explore the connections between their various stewardship responsibilities and understand how they directly relate to other preservation and heritage tourism efforts. We’ll again be offering continuing education credits for architects and planners.

Registration is open and the full schedule of workshops, tours, and educational sessions presented by nearly 60 speakers is now on the conference website.

Almost 99 percent of respondents rated the 2019 conference quality positively, with 72 percent rating it “excellent.” 97 percent considered the conference a good value and with 2019’s sellout crowd of nearly 600, you’ll want to secure your spot early for Real Places 2020.

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