September 21-25, 2020
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The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Georgia Historic Preservation Division (HPD), and the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions (GAPC) partner to present the Georgia Statewide Preservation Conference. This year we will be offering a virtual conference comprised of webinar presentations.

The statewide preservation 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.

2020 Statewide Conference

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Georgia Historic Preservation Division, and the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions invite you to join us for the 2020 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference held virtually during the week of September 21-25, 2020.

The conference will offer topics ranging from general preservation to economic incentives and tools for historic preservation communities. All sessions will be open to all registrants. 

Virtual Format

We will be using the Zoom Webinar platform to deliver 3 virtual sessions per day during the week of September 21-25 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in live sessions through typed Q&A.

Sessions will be recorded and shared with registered attendees following the conference.

Keynote Address

Preservation in Times of Uncertainty
Donovan Rypkema
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have arrived – this time in the shape of the coronavirus, economic collapse, political dysfunction, and climate change. The future of historic preservation is being affected by each of them. This session will look at how preservation is being affected today, identify challenges and opportunities in the short run, and steps that preservation should be taking to be even more relevant once the Horsemen have departed.

Our keynote speaker Donovan D. Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm. The work of the firm is at the nexus of historic preservation and economics. He has undertaken assignments for public and non-profit sector clients in 49 US states. He also teaches a course on the economics of historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania where he received the 2008 G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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Accessing Conference Sessions

If you registered before September 18 and have not yet received an email with links to join conference sessions*, please email If you registered on or after September 18, links will be sent by email following your registration.

*Please note: if you have previously unsubscribed from receiving emails from The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, you will not receive these emails and will need to contact

All images from 2019 Statewide Conference in Rome, Ga.


  • Full registration ($35) includes all sessions held during the virtual conference.
  • A discounted registration rate ($25) is available for Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commission (GAPC) members.
  • Historic Preservation Commission members will receive credit based on their individual registration and virtual attendance at sessions.
  • A link to join conference sessions will be sent to all registrants the week before the conference.

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