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39th Annual Louisiana Preservation Conference

May 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - May 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

$5 – $125


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The 39th Annual Louisiana Preservation Conference | May 16-17, 2018

Theme:  Investing in Preservation

Hosted by
Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation
Louisiana State Division of Historic Preservation
Lafourche Heritage Society

Suggested Accommodations:
(LTHP room block expires two weeks before conference date of May 16)



WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018

1 pm – 4 pm

Traditional Trades Presentation
Free and Open to the Public
Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center
314 St. Mary St.,Thibodaux, LA

Sponsored by:
Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation
Cemetery Preservation Supply, LLC
National Park Service

            Headstone cleaning demonstration at St. John’s Church – 718 Jackson Street

            Sponsored by:


1 pm – 4 pm

Tours by National Park Service Rangers
Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

1:30 & 2:30 pm

Thibodaux Walking Tours

1:30 & 2:30 pm

Bayou Lafourche Boat Tour to the E. D. White House

1 pm – 4 pm

Henry  Howard Tour
Led by Robert Brantley,Author of Henry Howard: Louisiana’s Architect
Lafourche Parish Courthouse and jail; St. John’s Episcopal Church; & Madewood Plantation
Meet at 201 Green Street, Thibodaux, LA

1 pm – 5 pm

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Seminar: The Deeper Cuts 2.0
$25 registration (Must be registered for the Annual Conference to qualify to register for tax credit seminar)

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Hogan Hall, 718 Jackson St., Thibodaux, LA

Louisiana has one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective tax credit programs, which promotes private investment and tourism while creating jobs throughout the state. This four hour seminar delves into some of the more advanced topics and creates the opportunity for public agencies, private owners, developers, architects, consultants, tax professionals,and nonprofit organizations to expand their basic knowledge.  Focus will be on Federal Historic Tax Credits and State Commercial Tax Credits for income-producing properties.
Sessions will include:

  • National Register of Historic Places and the HTC programs
  • Using Preliminary Determinations of Individual Listing
  • Updating historic districts; Determining contributing vs. non-contributing buildings
  • Live demo of how the SHPO determines contributing vs. non-contributing
  • Phasing Federal and State Commercial Tax Credit projects
  • Audit Requirements and Qualified Rehabilitation Expenditures

7 pm – 10 pm

Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation Ducros Plantation Soirée
by reservation

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks- Dress Casual Smart

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018

7 am – 9 am

Investors Breakfast

Rienzi Plantation House
215 E. Bayou Road, Thibodaux,  LA

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Nicholls State University
Donald G. Bollinger Memorial Student Union
Cotillion Ballroom

9:30 am -10:15 am

Opening Session Cotillion Ballroom

John Denison, LTHP Board President, Monroe, LA
Introduction of Co Hosts:
Kristen Sanders, Assistant Secretary, Office of Cultural Development, LA State Division of Historic Preservation
Miki F. Pfeffer, President, Lafourche Heritage Society
Mayor Tommy Eschete, Thibodaux
The Honorable Lt. Governor William H. Nungesser

Three Concurrent Sessions with three separate Tracks:
Track 1:  Main Street Communities
Track 2:  The Benefits of Preservation
Track 3:  The Details of Preservation

10:30 am – 11:30 am

1st Concurrent Session

Track 1  Speaker:  Lt. Governor William Nungesser
Main Street Meeting

Track 2  Presenter:  Meg Lousteau, Executive Director,Vieux Carre Property Owners Residents & Associates, New Orleans
The Economics of Preservation- learn the economic and community benefits of preservation

Track 3  Presenter:  Andrea St. Paul, PRC, owner of Cygnette, New Orleans, LA
Investing in Historic Properties- follow the key steps in selecting and rehabilitating a historic property

12 pm – 1:30 pm

Luncheon – Cotillion Ballroom
LTHP Annual Meeting: Slate of new Officers and Board Members – Presiding: John Denison, LTHP President.

Guest Speaker: Patricia H. Gay, Preservation Resource Center, New Orleans; Executive Director Emeritus

1:45 pm- 2:45 pm

2nd Concurrent Session

Track 1 Presenter: Stacy Pair, Southcoast Consulting
The Economic Power of Community Events- learn how to utilize the power of cultural events as a way to spur short-term tourism while shaping the image of a community as a cool, dynamic location where companies and citizens in modern, creative industries can thrive.

Track 2 Presenter: Councilman Michael Echols, Monroe, LA, Director of Business Development for Vantage Health Plan and Affinity Health Group
Preservation and the Future Cities / Cultural Landscape

Track 3 Presenter:  John H. Stubbs, Director of Preservation, Christovich Senior Professor of Preservation Practice, Tulane School of Architecture, New Orleans
Presenter: Brian Davis, W. Monroe, Executive Director, LA Trust for Historic Preservation
Choices in Architectural Conservation: How to Approach your Project

3 pm – 4 pm

3rd Concurrent Session

Track 1 Presenter: Louisiana Main Street
The Investor Toolbox- investors are looking for historic downtown properties to develop in communities of all sizes across Louisiana.  In this session, you will earn what tools and information you need in your toolbox to answer the questions developers will ask when considering your community.

Track 2 Presenter: Liz Swaine, Executive Director, Downtown Shreveport Development Authority
Telling your Preservation Story- how to market, promote and fund your project

Track 3 Presenter: John H. Stubbs, Director of Preservation, Christovich Senior Professor of Preservation Practice, Tulane School of Architecture, New Orleans
Panel Discussion – Louisiana Examples of Projects Ranging from True Restoration to Rehabilitation to Reconstruction


Cancellation Policy

100% refund of registration fee (minus a $60 processing fee) will be issued if cancellation is received two months prior to the event.
50% refund of registration fee (minus a $60 processing fee) will be issued if cancellation is received between 60 and 30 days from the event.
No refund of registration fee will be issued if cancellation received 30 days or less from the date of the event.
No refunds are available for ticketed events 60 days prior to the event.


May 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
May 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
$5 – $125
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Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation
(225) 930-0936


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