The Missouri Preservation Conference is an annual three-day educational opportunity for those interested in historic preservation. Throughout the conference, preservationists can experience over 30 educational sessions, tours of historic places, networking events, and a trade show featuring architects and consultants, contractors, building supply manufacturers and dealers.
Most events will take place at the Star Theater, B&B Theaters and Hannibal Arts Council in the 200 block of Main St. in Hannibal. The theme for this year's conference is "Home Town Preservation," focusing on the special opportunities and challenges in the preservation of small towns.
The keynote address will be presented by Mary Helmer, president/coordinator of Main Street Alabama. The Main Street Program, which was first launched by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, promotes economic health and vitality of small towns while preserving historic character and features.
Educational sessions at the conference will run the gamut. They include Missouri's historic preservation tax credits, technological advances in historic preservation, advanced historic building development, historic cemeteries, archaeological investigations, and local community revitalization. Tours include a trip to the community of Ilasco, which was planned around the town's cement industry. There will also be a bus tour to the county seat of Palmyra and another bus tour of local historic places and neighborhoods in Hannibal.
The yearly State of Preservation Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 17, and a special Legacy Award presentation and dinner will be held at The Orchard in Hannibal. The Legacy Awards, presented annually at the conference to members of the host city, recognize dedicated citizens and projects in the field of historic preservation.
Winners of this year's Legacy Awards include Terri and Bill Martin, Faye and Joel Dant, Pat and Bob Yapp, The Mark Twain Museum, Jean and Scott Meyer, The Historic Hannibal Marketing Council, Nora Creason and Don Metcalf, and the Hannibal History Museum. These places and people will be honored at a special ceremony and dinner on Thursday, May 18, at the Orchard Event Center, 2200 Palmyra Road. The event is scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased for $30 online at https://missouripreservation.regfox.com/2017-missouri-preservation-hannibal-legacy-awards
The city of Hannibal has contracted with the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation (Missouri Preservation) to plan and carry out the statewide conference. The conference is produced in part by a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office, and the U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service.