2017 Preserve Iowa Summit

The 2017 Preserve Iowa Summit will be held in Fort Dodge's Downtown Historic District and Oak Hill Historic District on June 8-10, 2017. Downtown Summit Map

General sessions, concurrent breakout sessions, and hands-on educational training will occur throughout the Summit -- as well as informational tours, networking opportunities and an exhibit hall. Two special workshops on Iowa's agricultural history and gravestone repair on planned for Saturday, June 10th.

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BUT FIRST:  Please consult the Summit Program in order to determine your choices for tours, lunch options, and special workshops.


By attending the 2017 Preserve Iowa Summit (PIS1701-PIS1705) on 6/8-6/9/2017 in Fort Dodge, AIA members can earn up to 7.5 AIA CES LUs/HSW. AIA Iowa is an AIA CES Approved Provider (#A023) with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion are available upon request. Questions? Contact AIA Iowa at info@aiaiowa.org

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The Preserve Iowa Summit is the premier statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation in Iowa.   Come to Fort Dodge to learn, celebrate, and network!

The 2017 Summit will feature numerous educational sessions held in or near downtown Fort Dodge.

Thomas Mayes - Keynote SpeakerThompson Mayes, Vice President and Senior Counsel of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will deliver the keynote address).

On Saturday, two workshops will be held on gravestone repair by Jonathan Appell and Iowa’s agricultural history.

The opening ceremony will include Preservation Project of Merit Awards and Preservation Iowa’s “Preservation at Its Best.”

The Summit will also include an exhibit hall and opportunities to network with other preservationists at a special reception at the Blanden Art Museum on Thursday evening.  You won’t want to miss Wednesday evening’s pre-Summit social gathering.

Who should attend? 

  • Historic property owners
  • Members of historic preservation commissions
  • Professional and avocational archaeologists
  • Historic preservation, planning, interior design and architecture students
  • Main Street staff and board members
  • Preservation professionals, consultants and enthusiasts
  • Developers
  • Planning professionals
  • Local government officials
  • Community leaders and civic organizations
  • Architects (Continuing Education System credits are available.  See above.)
  • Citizens interested in their community’s quality of life

"I always look forward to the Preserve Iowa Summit. I learn so much." 

-Ellen Collins, Clayton County Historic Preservation Commission

“The Preserve Iowa Summit is not just for architects and historians. It is an opportunity to examine the possibilities and economic potential of the wonderful old buildings that grace nearly every town in Iowa.  The summit provides a wealth of valuable information that every elected official should consider when planning for any city's future.  I recommend it without reservation.”

 -Bruce Perry, Council Person, Sac City, Iowa

“I found the Preserve Iowa Summit really informative, stimulating, even fascinating. I particularly enjoyed the keynote speaker and the session on archaeology, but I also enjoyed the chance to talk to people from around the state who are working on preservation in a variety of ways. It was well worth the time.”

-Vicki Ingham, freelance writer and historic preservation enthusiast


If you are interested in booking a hotel, the following room blocks have been reserved.  Ask for the "Preserve Iowa Summit" rate.

Hotel Group Rate (before taxes) Availability Phone Number Website
Holiday Inn Express $105-$115/night Group rate available until May 15th. (515) 576-3313 Click Here
Sleep Inn $124-$129/night Group rate available until May 17th. (515) 302-8508 Click Here
Best Western Starlite Village $84-104/night Group rate available until May 7th. (515) 573-7177 Click Here
Days Inn $75/night Group rate available until May 26th. (515) 576-8000 Click Here

Hotel Block Map.  Other lodging choices may be found here!


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Cancellations made by May 11 will receive a 50% refund. However, you may transfer your registration to a friend or colleague with no penalty at any time.  Please email Maggie Carlin at mcarlin@fortdodgeiowa.org with cancellations.



June in Iowa can be warm...and wet.  Participants are encouraged to dress business casual and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring an umbrella in case of rain! 



Want to be an Exhibitor at the Preserve Iowa Summit? Check out the Exhibitor Information and Exhibitor Application! Please contact Laura Carstens at (563) 564-5036; lcarsten@cityofdubuque.org  



Contact Paula Mohr at (515) 281-6826; paula.mohr@iowa.gov or Maggie Carlin at (515) 576-8191; mcarlin@fortdodgeiowa.org.

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