Community Preservation Workshop

Photo: Historic Buildings of Cedar City Photo: Historic Buildings of Cedar City


Sticking to the old adage “All preservation is local,” we have restructured the Utah Preservation Conference to be a series of regional, two-day workshops titled Community Preservation Training. Co-presented in collaboration with the Utah Division of State History, Community Preservation Training will engage local participants and better address local issues and community needs. The workshops offer the chance to receive preservation training in multiple fields and from multiple organizations and state agencies, engaging with inter-disciplinary professionals one-on-one.


All workshops are open to the general public and require a nominal registration fee of $25 (includes food).

As these trainings will serve as the annual preservation education for CLGs (Certified Local Governments), CLG representatives may be eligible for fully discounted registration costs. For more information call Alena Franco, CLG Coordinator, Utah State Historic Preservation Office, 801-245-7233.



The first day of each training session is a full day, and the second day is a half day.

  • May 18-19 in Smithfield, Cache County; View the Smithfield Schedule
  • June 14-15 in Cedar City, Iron County; View the Cedar City Schedule
  • September 27 in Salt Lake City - Online registration is closed. You may register in person at 8:30 a.m. at 346 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101; View the SLC Schedule
  • Mount Pleasant, San Pete County - Rescheduled - TBA


 What is the purpose of the workshop?

  • To enhance local cultural and heritage programs so they can be more effective in shaping community identify and stimulating economic vitality.
  • Help communities learn how to make the most of their historic and cultural resources.
  • Help communities understand the value of coordinating local cultural and heritage efforts in order to access resources more effectively (grants, technical assistance, etc.) and generate better results.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in the following

  • Historic preservation
  • Community planning
  • Main Street revitalization
  • Tourism
  • Local history and library resources
  • Museums
  • Local arts programs
  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Grants and fundraising
  • Historic neighborhood revitalization


Topics May Include

Download the schedule above (under 'Dates') for more detailed information.

  • What can the State Historic Preservation Office do for me?
  • Conducting Your Own Main Street Self-Assessment
  • The Building Doctor Is In
  • Cemetery Restoration and Preservation
  • Preservation Planning that takes your town to the next level
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
  • Finding and Securing Community Champions
  • Collections Care and Preservation
  • Museum and Site Interpretation
  • Rehabilitation Techniques
  • Building Surveying, Recording, and Data Analysis


Co-presented by

Preservation Utah and the Utah Division of State History



Utah Cultural Alliance
Utah Division of Arts and Museums
Utah Humanities
Utah Office of Tourism
Utah State Archives
Rural Planning Group
And local CLGs, municipalities, museums, libraries, and nonprofit organizations