2021 Saving Places Recap

Wednesday | Feb. 10–
Friday | Feb. 12 | 2021


Go to https://saving-places-2021-conference.heysummit.com for details and to access the library of event recordings.

Saving Places® 2021 Virtual Conference:
Preservation in Action


Saving Places® went virtual for 2021! The conference’s theme of Preservation in Action speaks to what many of us experienced in the wave of 2020 and its ripple effects. The world changed, and the preservation community adapted. The threats and challenges addressing preservation and its related fields are real – and so are the success stories and positive moves forward.

Saving Places® 2021 Virtual Conference provided relevant content tied to the climate of our communities during this past year, with panels addressing issues of economic development, COVID-specific challenges, and questions of relevance and inclusion. Saving places® continues. Our Saving Places® Conference allows us to tell these stories and share this crucial information with communities nationwide.

Inside Look

Our goal in presenting a virtual Saving Places® centered on creating an accessible conference, while continuing the event’s legacy as the historic preservation conference in the region. We worked to create an exciting line-up of sessions and activities crossing the virtual divide, engaging preservationists of all backgrounds around the country.

Over the course of three days, more than 650 individuals participated in 41 educational sessions with 118 speakers. Attendees represented 83 percent of Colorado’s counties (plus 22 states and an international reach with attendees joining from United Kingdom and Canada).

Joe Minicozzi of Urban3 kicked off three full days of learning with his Keynote, Dollars, and $ense of Development Patterns. Cassandra Atencio and Garrett Briggs, NAGPRA Coordinators with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe & Southern Ute Indian Tribe, shared updates and vision for upcoming projects. Lori Pace of Changes Paces International in Denver gave the Keynote Saving Faces in Places.

Cassandra Atencio (Southern Ute Indian Tribe) gives a land acknowledgement to Saving Places Conference attendees
Lori Pace gives her keynote, Saving Faces in Places.

Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy some lighter fare, including a Preservation Happy Hour Trivia with Quiz Mistresses Extrodinarie Abigail Christman, Kathleen Corbett, and Traci Stoffel. CBS4 joined us for an incredible Endangered Places Program Announcement. We experienced the “in-person” networking and connection online in our Virtual Networking space throughout the event. Colorado Senate Majority Leader joined us from the Bread Bar in historic Silver Plume and musicians from the TANK Center for Sonic Arts joined us at the Preservation Marketplace. With the silent auction online this year, we were blown away by the community’s participation and meeting our fundraising goal for the Endangered Places Program.

Colorado Sen. Maj. Leader Steve Fenberg teaches attendees how to make a historic Clifford Griffon cocktail

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Hannah Braun

Laurel Campbell

Nore Winter

Peter Grosshuesch

Matt Goebel

Andy Duckett-Emke

Kelly and Peter Merrion

Blair and Chris Miller

Keith and Carmen Willy

Mike and Anne Coughlin

Steven Turner and  Steven Kick

T. Drew Notestine


Elaine Freed

Megan Concannon

Nicole Hernandez

Ron and Linde Thompson

Dan Corson

Lucas Schneider

Jon Nathan Schler

Jane and Phil Watkins

Ariel Steele 

Kimberly Kintz

Lisa A. Stegman

Graham Johnson

James and Joan Kroll

James Hewat

JoVonne P. Fitzgerald

Jennifer Wahlers

Stephen Blitz

Arianthé Stettner

Ann Mullins

R. Michael Bell

Nan and Dave Anderson

Patrick Eidman

Beverly Rich

Jane Daniels

Kaaren Hardy

Cynthia Pond

Rheba Massey

Katherine Woods and Christopher Koziol

Dave Lively

Paul O’Rourke

Lisa May

Sally Hopper

Ann Alexander Walker

Julie Johnson


Judith W. Amico

Featured Project

Preservation for a Changing Colorado

The 2017 update, Preservation for a Changing Colorado, resulted from a partnership between Colorado Preservation and History Colorado and Colorado Preservation, Inc. Prepared by Clarion Associates, the new report and accompanying website 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 found that for every $1 million spent on historic preservation in Colorado leads to $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, respond to the state’s changing demographics, and address climate concerns. Click Here to see the full report, "Preservation for a Changing Colorado".