2023 Saving Places Conference

Saving Places® 2023 Conference:
Closer to the Heart

FEBRUARY 8-10, 2023 in Boulder &

AUGUST 25-26, 2023 On the Road in La Junta

For over 25 years, Colorado Preservation Inc.’s (CPI) Saving Places Conference has gathered individuals from across the state and beyond for three days of educational sessions and networking opportunities to strengthen historic preservation efforts. Attendees can expect sessions ranging from beginner to continuing education credits that include AIA, AIA-HSW, APA, and Educator.

Where would historic preservation be without those committed individuals and organizations working day after day to protect, reimagine, and breathe new life into places throughout the state for the enjoyment of all? At the core of preservation is community. Join us in 2023 to celebrate the heart of preservation, the people, partners, and funders making a difference in communities throughout Colorado. Join us for a conference that looks at the stories behind the preservation of place, the cultural heritage, and the context behind some of our most well-known, and overlooked, communities. 

CPI is looking for session proposals that embrace this theme and address current issues such as sustainability, climate change, funding, advocacy, and other issues of importance. Sessions may focus on case studies, but each proposal should include clear takeaways that attendees can bring back to their own projects and communities. Stories of preservation of the underrepresented and voices that have been lost, sidelined, or overlooked within the community and beyond are encouraged. The Saving Places® conference is the largest statewide preservation conference in the nation. It provides critical training, networking, and educational opportunities to support residents, professionals, and communities involved and new to cultural and historic preservation.

Session proposals may be submitted through Friday, September 16th, 2022, and session leaders will be notified if selected in November.

Experience the conference in February, then plan to join us On the Road in La Junta on August 25-26, 2023, as CPI brings a second conference outside the Denver Metro area. Expect an intimate look at the local traditions, culture and heritage of La Junta with rare behind-the-scenes tours of unique places. Sessions during On the Road will feature regional themes with panels composed of local voices and leaders.

Mark your calendars for February 8-10 (Wed-Fri) and plan to attend online or in person at the Hilton Embassy Suites in Boulder. Join us for On the Road in La Junta on August 25-26!

This project is paid for in part by a History Colorado State Historical Fund Grant.

Thank you to the 2023 Saving Places Presenting Sponsors:

This project is paid for in part by a History Colorado State Historical Fund grant.

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We hope you will extend your appreciation for Colorado's heritage by helping us take advantage of this $1 to $1 matching campaign. Learn more about our matching campaign and make your tax-deductible donation today!

Matching Campaign

Thank you to our donors for the 2022 matching campaign!

Annie Mabry

Dave and Corinne Lively

Gregory Friesen

William West

Keith Brooke

Paula Sutton

Richard and Bonnie Scudder

Melinda Elswick

John Quest

Richard and Patricia Cronenberger

Newmont Corp.

Kathleen Delzell

Lynda Heckendorn

Donald and Glenita Emarine

Sally Hopper

Marcia and Will Johnson

Don Stott

Sydney Nathans

Robin Cope

Kintz & Family

Anne Goolsby

Sarah Hite

Kevin Kearney

Monta Lee Dakin

John and Camille Palmeri

Sonya Ellingboe

Tim & Kris Hoehn

Leo H. Smith

Russell E. & Carol. H. Atha, III

Melanie Roth

Beverly Rich

Christopher Erskine

John Boydstun

Corinne A. Koehler

Nancy Eastman

Joan Strobel-McLean

Tomas A. Hart

Kay Lynn Hefley

Bennett Boeschenstein

Vincent Szafranko

Maureen Espinoza – The Colorado Group

Robert Renfro

Eric Bittner

Janet Dahlquist

William S. Saslow

Dave Hertel

Tim White – White Construction Group

Dan Corson

Ian Lyle


Kaaren Hardy

Terry Tomsick

Carolyn & Don Etter

Kevin E. Corwin

Walter & Susanna Weart

Heather Eckels

Bernadette Kelly

Virginia & Robert Fuller

Featured Project

Preservation for a Changing Colorado

Historic preservation has a direct economic benefit to communities and Colorado! Take a look at the 2017 study, which considered the ways adaption of historic places has a direct financial effect on the state.

This updated, most resent study, was the result of a partnership between Colorado Preservation, Inc and History Colorado, funded by a grant from History Colorado's State Historical Fund. Prepared by Clarion Associates, the new report document the economic benefits of rehabilitation projects, analyzes property values and neighborhood stability in local historic districts, and summarizes the increasing impact of heritage tourism, private preservation development and the success of Colorado’s Main Street program.

In a key finding, researchers determined that for every $1 million spent on historic preservation in Colorado it produced $1.03 million in additional spending, 14 new jobs, and $636,700 in increased household incomes across the state!

The 2017 report also considers the important role preservation plays in helping Coloradans provide new spaces for creative communities and co-working, create and sustain meaningful places, responds to the state’s changing demographics, and addresses climate concerns.

Click Here to see download and read the full report, "Preservation for a Changing Colorado".