Columbus, GA
September 18-20, 2024
Preliminary Schedule

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Historic Preservation Division (HPD) partner to present the Georgia Statewide Preservation Conference. This year’s conference will be hosted in Columbus, GA, Wednesday, September 18 – Friday, September 20.

The statewide preservation conference brings together preservationists, non-profits, planners, architects, historians, architectural historians, archaeologists, city and county administrators, historic preservation commission members, students from across Georgia, and the general public.

2024 Statewide Conference

September 18-20

We are excited to announce the 2024 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, hosted by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Historic Preservation Division and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, will be held in Columbus, Georgia on September 18-20, 2024. 

This conference will bring together preservationists and professionals for three days of informative presentations, local tours and field sessions, and networking opportunities. 

Keynote Speaker

Poster Session

Become a Sponsor


Workshops and tours will be held on Wednesday, September 18. The Keynote address by Brent Leggs, executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, will take place on Thursday morning, September 19, followed by speaker sessions which will continue into Friday, September 20. View a preliminary schedule with an overview of speaker session topics at the link below. More info on tours and workshops is further below. A detailed Official agenda will be released closer to the event. 

Preliminary Schedule

Conference events will be held at several locations in Columbus. Transportation to and between events is not provided and is the responsibility of the participant. 

Tours and Workshops
  • Information and descriptions for the tours and workshops is included at the link to register below. You can also view info here
  • Capacity is limited for tours and workshops so you must register for these in addition to your overall conference registration to reserve your spot. (The cost is included not additional).
  • Some tours and workshops overlap so please pay attention to start and end times listed when registering.
  • Tours leave from varying locations and transportation is not provided. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from the tour start point.


Registration is open! Full registration includes the cost of all sessions, tours, workshops and receptions, however, please note you will also need to register for the tours or workshops you want to attend to secure your spot, as spaces are limited. To sign up for tours or workshops, select those options in addition to your conference registration before checking out at the link below. You will also have an opportunity to RSVP for the receptions when registering.

  • Early-bird Full registration is $175 until July 31
  • Online registration goes up by $25 on August 1 and will close August 31
  • Following that walk-up On-site registration will be $225 for all

Discounted rates for early-bird and online registration are available for members of the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions and for students.

Register Now

Hotel Information

Room blocks have been arranged at several hotels in Columbus. Please use the booking information in the linked document below to secure your room for the conference. Availability is limited. If you run into difficulties with booking the rooms, please let us know.

Conference events will be held in several locations. Most sessions will be held at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, 801 Front Ave, Columbus, GA 31901.

Hotel Blocks and Booking Links

Conference Questions

Questions can be directed to Rose Mayo, Outreach Coordinator with the Historic Preservation Division at

Columbus, Georgia, USA downtown skyline on the Chattahoochee River.

Keynote Speaker

We are excited to welcome Brent Leggs as the 2024 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference Keynote Speaker!

Brent Leggs is the executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund and senior vice president of the National Trust. Envisioned as a social movement for justice, equity, and reconciliation, the Action Fund is promoting the role of cultural preservation in telling the nation’s full history, while also empowering activists, entrepreneurs, artists, and civic leaders to advocate on behalf of African American historic places.

A Harvard University Loeb Fellow and author of Preserving African American Historic Places, which is considered the “seminal publication on preserving African American historic sites” by the Smithsonian Institution, Brent is a national leader in the U.S. preservation movement and the 2018 recipient of the Robert G. Stanton National Preservation Award. His passion for elevating the significance of black culture in American history is visible through his work, which elevates the remarkable stories and places that evoke centuries of black activism, achievement, and community.

Over the past decade, he has developed the Northeast African American Historic Places Outreach Program, and its theme, the Business of Preservation, to build a regional movement of preservation leaders saving important landmarks in African American history. As the project manager for several National Treasure campaigns across the country, he led efforts to create the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument in Alabama, which President Barack Obama designated in January 2017. Other campaign successes include the perpetual protection of cultural monuments like Villa Lewaro, the estate of Madam C. J. Walker in Irvington, New York; Joe Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, New Jersey; A. G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham; Nina Simone’s birthplace in Tryon, North Carolina; John and Alice Coltrane’s home in Huntington, New York; and more.

Brent has taught at Harvard University, Boston Architectural College and the University of Maryland. He is a Senior Advisor and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites (CPCRS) and is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s graduate program in Historic Preservation.

Poster Session 

Call for Posters

The Georgia Statewide Historic Preservation Conference will host a poster session at the 2024 annual conference to showcase recently completed research and works-in-progress. Topics should focus on issues impacting historic preservation, public history, or related fields within Georgia. The call is open to students and recent graduates (no more than 5 years out).

Proposals should include a title, abstract (no more than 300 words), and a one-page resume or CV. If you have any questions about the poster session, please contact committee chair Chad Keller

Poster presenters will need to register for the conference, but admission will be complimentary. The Georgia Statewide Historic Preservation Conference is scheduled to be held September 18-20, 2024, in Columbus, GA. The conference brings together preservationists, non-profits, planners, architects, historians, architectural historians, archaeologists, city and county administrators, historic preservation commission members and students from across Georgia.

Abstract Criteria

Abstracts should include a brief introduction to the project that includes the objective or research question, as well as the methods used. Results and conclusions are not required in the submission but should be included in the final poster. The description must be substantial enough to let the review committee know what the project is about, as well as the expected contribution or value. 

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Clarity – The objectives of the research presented are clearly described.

Significance – The objectives of the research make a professional or academic contribution to the field

Methods – The methods used (including the design, implementation, and analysis) are appropriate to achieving the objectives of the research.

Presentation – The abstract is logical, interesting, clearly written, and free of grammatical or typographical errors.


The proposal should be emailed as a PDF attachment to Chad Keller All proposals received will be acknowledged.  If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your proposal within one week of its submission, please contact Chad Keller.


We are opening sponsorship opportunities! Various levels of sponsorship are available to organizations, companies, and individuals looking to support the 2024 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference. 

To inquire about sponsorships, contact Bryn Chanudet, Senior Director of Development with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation,

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a Sponsor

To pay online, use the Donation page on our website. Enter the amount of the sponsorship and indicate “2024 Statewide Conference Sponsorship” for Reason for Donation.

To pay by check, please make checks payable to “The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation” and mail to:
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Attn: Bryn Chanudet
1516 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

To request an invoice for sponsorship, please email

Thanks to our sponsors!

Preservation Sponsor

Restoration Sponsor

Reconstruction Sponsor


Special Thanks 

We are happy to announce that the Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network and Georgia Alliance of Planning Commissions are returning as sponsors for the conference. And we are delighted to welcome Historic Columbus Foundation as a Local Planning Partner.


Disclaimer: the views, information, or opinions expressed by presenters during the conference are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation or the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.