Annual Preservation Conference

The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation is proud to host the 41st annual Louisiana Preservation Conference in Monroe & West Monroe! The two-day educational event will be held on Thursday September 30th and Friday October 1st. 

All activities will take place at The Hub (201 Washington Street, Monroe, LA), unless otherwise noted. Stay tuned for updates on speakers, tours, and registration.  Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this event.  Further details can be found here

Lodging: More information coming soon. 

Registration Rates & Deadlines:

  • Early Bird
  • Member
  • Student
  • General
  • A la carte – Awards Ceremony, Investors Breakfast 

Thursday 9/30 Activities

Cultural Vistas

More information coming soon.  Additional registration cost, $25. 

South Grand Avenue

More information coming soon.  Additional registration cost, $25.

Tour #3

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Thursday Seminar

More information coming soon.   Included with general registration. 

Awards Ceremony & Networking Event

More information coming soon.  Additional registration cost. 

Event will take place outdoors at Alley Park in West Monroe.  

Friday 10/1 Activities

Investors Breakfast

More information coming soon.  

Event will take place at the Cooley House 

(1011 S Grand Street, Monroe)

Welcome Ceremony

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Breakout Session #1

Main Street Managers Meeting  

By invitation only. 

Breakout Session #2

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Breakout Session #3

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Jonathan Foret, Luncheon Keynote Speaker

As a native of Chauvin, Jonathan Foret grew up in a culture-rich environment from working on shrimp boats as a young boy to speaking Louisiana French with his grandmother.  He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Nicholls State University and later studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.  He taught English at Grand Caillou Middle in Houma, Louisiana and then in Brooklyn, New York before he joined the United States Peace Corps.

He served in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific for two years where he taught English as a second language, served as community development coordinator and taught the Tongans how to use a Louisiana cast net.  He returned to the States to work with several arts and cultural nonprofit organizations before leaving again to take a position with a disabled people’s organization in Bangladesh.  This work led him to work for the United Nations in the Asia Pacific region.

Upon completion of this work, he returned to the United States to receive his master’s in Public Administration from the University of New Orleans.  He is a founding member of the Bayou Regional Arts Council serving Louisiana State Region 3 and is board President of the Helio Foundation, which recently sponsored the creation of the Houma Heights Cultural District in Terrebonne Parish.

He is proud to be working with the board of directors for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center as Executive Director to move the organization’s vision forward. He has developed many innovative programs and cultural events including the Rougarou Fest, a family-friendly festival with a spooky flair that celebrates the rich folklore that exists along the bayous of Southeast Louisiana.  The Rougarou Fest was ranked one of the Top 10 Costume Parties in the United States by USA Today, the 2015 New Event of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals, and the 2020 Festival of the Year by the Louisiana Travel Association.

Jonathan has been called an artist, humanitarian, educator, Cajun folklorist, and environmental activist.  Of all that he has done, he is most proud of being called a dad.

Breakout Session #4

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Breakout Session #5

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Breakout Session #6

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Breakout Session #7

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Breakout Session #8

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Breakout Session #9

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