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Douglas County Preservation Conference

The 3pm site tours on Friday the 24th are canceled in order to mitigate the risks associated with extreme heat.

The updated schedule is as follows:

10am: Rotating Site Tours via Bus- Black Jack, Prairie City Cemetery, Santa Fe Trail

1pm: Rotating Site Tours- Black Jack (bus tour), Prairie City Cemetery PSIQ & Tombstone Cleaning Information inside at the Baldwin City Public LIbrary, Santa Fe Trail tour is CANCELED and replaced with Quayle Bible Collection & Osborn Chapel Walking Tour.


3pm: Social Gathering at Lumberyard Arts Center (moved up from 4:30pm)

The events for Saturday, June 25th remain as planned.

Preservation Conference flyer

Join the Heritage Conservation Council at the 2022 Preservation Conference in Baldwin City on June 24th and 25th. Experience the trails, tales, and structures that make the stories of Douglas County heritage.

On Friday the 24th, we're hitting the road to visit local landmarks! Site tours include a segment of the Santa Fe Trail, touring the Prairie City Cemetery to learn about cemetery preservation, and visiting Black Jack Battlefield & Nature Park where we'll learn about the historic site and their in-progress prairie restoration project. Then we'll all gather at the Lumberyard Arts Center to enjoy delicious snacks from The Whole Nine Yards and beverages from Baldwin City Beer Company.

On Saturday the 25th, we'll gather in the Rice Auditorium at Baker University to enjoy a day of learning from local experts who work in heritage and preservation. Need a break to stretch your legs between panel sessions? The Lumberyard Arts Center will air local oral histories throughout the day on Saturday. Or visit Karl Ramberg who will be leading a stone carving workshop on the lawn at Baker University! During the lunch hour on Friday and Saturday, grab takeaway from one of the restaurants in Baldwin City's historic downtown district and eat with your peers at the Lumberyard Arts Center, at the Rice Auditorium patio, or in Sullivan Square!

This conference is free and open to all. Register here to reserve your spot! Or call 785.330.2878 for registration assistance or questions.

*Please help us make this a low-waste conference by bringing your own reusable water bottle and/or cofee mug to fill throughout the conference. Thank you!*

Conference Agenda

Day 1: Friday June 24
Rotating Tours @ Various Locations
Buses Load at 7th & High St.
10:00am-11:30am Black Jack Battlefield & Nature Park, Santa Fe Trail, Prairie City Cemetery
11:30am-1:00pm Lunch- On Your Own
1:00pm-2:30pm Black Jack Battlefield & Nature Park, Santa Fe Trail, Prairie City Cemetery
3:00pm-4:30pm Black Jack Battlefield & Nature Park, Santa Fe Trail, Prairie City Cemetery
4:30pm Social Event at Lumberyard Arts Center

Day 2: Saturday June 25
 Panel Discussions @ Rice Auditorium
9:00am-10:00am Welcoming Remarks
10:00am-11:00am Land & Heritage
11:15am-12:15pm DIY or Hire
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:45pm-2:45pm Understanding & Recording Heritage Stories
3:00pm-4:00pm Tax Credit Workshop for Property Owners

Site Tours*

Black Jack Battlefield & Nature Park Tour with Johnathan Hart, Executive Director of Black Jack Battlefield, Courtney Masterson, Ecologist with Native Lands, LLC, Kerry Altenbernd, John Brown Interpreter, Kaitlyn Ammerlaan, Program Director and Preserve Manager of Grassland  Heritage Foundation. The tour will include information about the ongoing ecological restoration project and the history of Black Jack.

Santa Fe Trail Bus Tour “Through the Narrows” A Tour of the SFT in Douglas County, including Black Jack, Palmyra, Coal Creek, Vinland, Hickory Point, Brooklyn, and Willow Springs with narration by historian John Richards.

Prairie City Cemetery Tour led by Marta Jardon of the Prairie City Cemetery Association and John Jackson also of the Prairie City Cemetery Association. Marta and John will present information about the history of the cemetery and a tombstone cleaning demonstration will be performed. Information regarding the completion of a Preliminary Site Information Questionnaire (PSIQ) for the Kansas Historical Society – used to evaluate the Historic Register Eligibility of a site – will be provided.

*Site tours are weather-dependent and may be canceled due to extreme heat or storms. Please check this website regularly for updates. 

Workshop & Panel Sessions

Welcoming Remarks by State Representative Christina Haswood, Douglas County Commissioner Shannon Reid, Marta Jardon of the Baldwin City Main Street Team, Jamee Fiore of the State Historic Preservation Office, and Heritage Conservation Council Chair Amy Van de Riet.

Land and Heritage panel moderated by Jenny Trucano Muller of the Nature Conservancy and Vice Chair of the HCC. Panelists include Araceli Masterson of Somos Lawrence, Jay Johnson of the Iⁿ ‘zhúje ‘waxóbe project, and Kelly Kindscher of the Kansas Land Trust.

DIY or Hire panel moderated by Patrick Watkins of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance. With panelists Dorian Heironimus of Fine Home Restoration, real estate appraiser Katy Clagett, Billy Price of Billy Construction, Inc., and Landon Harness of Form and Function.

Understanding, Recording, and Telling Heritage Stories panel moderated by Holly Zane of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Areas. Panelists include local genealogist Alisa Branham, Alex Kimball Williams of BLACK Lawrence, and Jancita Warrington of Indigenous-Kwe.

Tax Credit Workshop for Homeowners discussion moderated by Mike Delaney of the Heritage Conservation Council with Brenda Spencer of Spencer Preservation and Kirsten Johnston of the State Historic Preservation Office.

Stone Carving Hands-on Workshop led by Karl Ramberg.

Oral history showcase including stories from the Iⁿ ‘zhúje ‘waxóbe project, Haskell Indian Nations University Cultural Center, WWII memories, and La Yarda.


This conference is hosted by the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council, in partnership with the Lumberyard Arts Center, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence Preservation Alliance, and Baldwin City. This conference was produced with assistance from the Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior through the Kansas Historical Society. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the conference are those of the individual speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Interior or the Kansas Historical Society. This conference would not be possible without the support from our sponsors: Zimmerschied Architecture, Kansas Public Radio, Pishny Restoration Services, and the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society.