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Published April 09, 2009, 07:40 AM

Preservation North Dakota holding conference

Preservation North Dakota, the state’s private, nonprofit, grassroots coalition for historic preservation, will be holding its 16th Annual North Dakota Historic Preservation Conference May 1-3 in Bismarck. Preservation North Dakota works throughout the year developing programs to raise public awareness about the plight of historic prairie churches, school buildings, rural farm sites, historic barns, storefronts, and other buildings.

Preservation North Dakota, the state’s private, nonprofit, grassroots coalition for historic preservation, will be holding its 16th Annual North Dakota Historic Preservation Conference May 1-3 in Bismarck.

Preservation North Dakota works throughout the year developing programs to raise public awareness about the plight of historic prairie churches, school buildings, rural farm sites, historic barns, storefronts, and other buildings. PND also works to provide preservation solutions for endangered places and supports local preservation groups throughout the state through the PND Local Affiliate Program.

The annual North Dakota Historic Preservation Conference is a three-day event and is open to PND members, Local Affiliates and the public. This year, two expanded tours, 20 educational sessions and the opportunity to explore options in historic preservation using better building and planning practices are offered.

The 2009 conference theme is “Building a Better Future with Our Historic Places.” Featured topics include: green building philosophy and techniques; Native American perspectives on the past and future built environments in North Dakota; North Dakota’s historic bridges; and problems and solutions in repairing stone edifices.

On Friday afternoon, attendees will take a motor coach tour of Bismarck’s Cathedral Historic Residential District led by Erik and Amy Sakariassen. On Saturday afternoon, they will tour the Double Ditch archaeological site and the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site with Fern Swenson, archaeology and historic preservation division director, State Historical Society of North Dakota.

In conjunction with the conference, each year Preservation North Dakota reveals its “Three Most Endangered Places” List and the winner of the annual “Success Story Award.” An on-site silent auction helps to raise money and awareness of historic preservation is-sues in North Dakota.

Preservation North Dakota partners with Buckstop Junction and the State Historical Society of North Dakota for this year’s conference. American Institute of Architects educational credits are also available.

Further conference information is available on the PND Web site www. prairieplaces.org where a link is provided for online registration. For questions, e-mail info@prairie places.org or call 701-356-3001.

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