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Nebraska Historic Preservation Conference, March 2-3, 2018

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Now in its 13th year, the historic preservation conference you know and love has a new name and a new look.

Restore Omaha is now the Nebraska Historic Preservation Conference. Restoration Exchange Omaha and the Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) are partnering to o­ffer education and motivation to restore, revive, and preserve our great older homes and buildings.

“We are thrilled to partner with Restoration Exchange Omaha to support the preservation and revitalization of Nebraska’s historic buildings. Historic preservation strengthens communities and supports economic development,” said Trevor Jones, director and CEO of the NSHS. “We’ve long admired REO’s work and are excited by what we can do together to support preservation efforts statewide.”

The two-day event will open Friday, March 2, with morning training for Nebraska’s preservation leaders. After lunch, representatives from P.J. Morgan and Dundee Bank will lead tours of restoration projects along Omaha’s Blackstone and South 13th Street commercial districts from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday evening attendees can tour the building where the modern-day parachute was invented, 1501 Howard St., and end at 1316 Jones St. for tours, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Saturday’s conference will feature Amy Nicole Swift, owner and founder of Building Hugger in Detroit. Swift is passionate about creating skilled jobs and providing more accessible preservation trades services. She, along with a panel representing Metropolitan Community College and local tradespeople, will talk about the importance of training the next generation of tradespeople.

Omaha World-Herald’s Matthew Hansen and Sarah Baker-Hansen will open the conference talking about their travels throughout Nebraska, uncovering the stories happening in older buildings.

Attendees also can choose from 18 breakout sessions. Topics include restoring old windows, plaster repair and appropriate kitchen and bath remodels, financing for historic restorations, and small towns that are bringing new life into their downtown main streets.

About 30 exhibitors, including craftsmen, history organizations and business and community groups, will be on hand to answer questions and share information. The conference will conclude with the popular Restore Jam, in which attendees are invited to share before-and-after photos of their own restoration projects.

“I appreciate the networking, the stories of buildings saved, the sharing of resources and the enthusiasm for all things old and worth saving,” said a 2017 conference attendee.

Register online beginning February 2, or call (402) 679-5854. Discounts are available for members of Restoration Exchange and the NSHS.

See you there!

Major support provided by First National Bank, AO, Metropolitan Community College and Hotel Deco. 

Yearly memberships start at $32

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