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Schedule (subject to change):

Thursday, June 25, 2015

8:20 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • State Nominations Review Committee Meeting (open to the public)
    Located at Winterset Public Library, 123 N. 2nd Street

Have you ever wondered what happens when the State Nominations Review Committee meets to discuss National Register nominations? Here’s your chance to see the committee in action! During this meeting, the committee will review nominations for Winterset’s Courthouse Square, a post-World War II school in Cedar Rapids, Manning’s downtown and many other interesting Iowa properties. Free and open to the public.

  • Parklet Build on the Winterset Square
    Located on Court Avenue, on the south side of the Madison County Courthouse

Come watch the energetic “parklet” teams as they build several temporary public spaces on Winterset’s Courthouse Square. Parklets are outdoor spaces where people can relax and enjoy their town in a novel and exciting way! These innovative spaces repurpose parking spaces for seating, plantings, art installations, meeting locations, and other outdoor activities. Winterset’s parklets will be available for all Summit attendees to enjoy through the end of the Summit. Feel free to bring your lunch or coffee and talk with the parklet builders as they work.

1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Summit Registration at First United Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Green Street (note: Registration is located here only on Thursday)

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Sessions (Choose One)
Both sessions located at First United Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Green Street

  • “The Personality of Place: Making the Most of Your Community’s Unique Character” presented by Heather Riley, Madison County Chamber of Commerce; Matt Harris, Iowa Arts Council; and Michael Wagler, Main Street Iowa

It’s been long recognized that every community has something special to offer to its residents and visitors. Using case studies and drawing on their own experience, the presenters at this session will discuss how to identify your community’s unique qualities and strategies for enhancing and promoting these assets.

  • “A Historic Tax Credit Roundtable: How to Use the Federal and State Historic Tax Credit Programs Together” presented by Angela Shearer, National Park Service and State Historic Preservation Office Staff

AIA CES Logo-2Staff from the National Park Service and the State Historic Preservation Office will discuss some of the commonalities and differences between the federal and state historic tax credit programs and how to effectively use the two programs together. This session will be of interest to developers, architects and building owners who plan to rehabilitate a commercial building using federal and state historic tax credits.
AIA 1.5 HSW LUs

3:00 to 3:30 Break

3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Session: “Help! The Historical Resource Development Program Grants for Historic Preservation, Museums and Documentary Collections” presented by Kristen Vander Molen, State Historical Society of Iowa; Ralph Christian, State Historic Preservation Office; Anthony Jahn, State Archives; Leo Landis, State Historical Museum; and Jerome Thompson, State Historical Society of Iowa
Located at First United Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Green Street

The HRDP (its shorthand name) grant program at the State Historical Society has helped hundreds of nonprofits, individuals and businesses preserve historic resources across the state. Learn from this expert panel how you, too, can use this funding opportunity for your special project. This session will include time for questions and discussion with the speakers.

5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Reception: “Meet Me at Cedar Bridge,” Mayor James Olson’s Reception at Cedar Covered Bridge
Located two miles north of Highway 92 on Cedar Bridge Road (turn north by Super-8 Motel)

Join the fun at this casual event where you will receive a warm welcome from Winterset Mayor Jim Olson, sip wine, munch on light hors d’oeuvres, and enjoy the melodic strains of live music while you network with other preservationists on iconic Cedar Bridge. This event is included in your registration.

7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Community Event: Lawn Chair Event on the Courthouse Square with food and live music, or dinner on your own (open to the public)

At 7:15 p.m. join the crowd gathered on the courthouse lawn in historic downtown Winterset for a slice of Americana, known locally as “Lawn Chair Night.” Winterset’s own community band will perform on the courthouse steps. Lawn chairs will be provided. You can purchase dinner from the food vendor or eat at one of the six eating establishments located downtown.

Friday, June 26, 2015

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Exhibit Hall – First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 309 E. Jefferson St.
  • Summit Registration/Check-In and Continental Breakfast – First United Methodist Church, 309 E. Jefferson St. (Note: Registration is located here only on Friday and Saturday)

9:15 to 10:00 a.m. Welcome to Winterset and Three Minute Success Stories
Located at First United Methodist Church, 309 E. Jefferson Street

  • Welcome to Winterset by Mary Cownie, Director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; Aaron Price, Chair of the Madison County Board of Supervisors; James Olson, Mayor of Winterset
  • Three Minute Success Stories

Preservationists from across the state will share their success stories in an energetic session sure to inspire! Introduced by Steve King, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer

10:00 to 10:15 a.m. Intermission

10:15 – 11:15 Keynote Address: “The Secrets of Successful Communities” by Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute, Washington D.C.
Located at First United Methodist Church, 309 E. Jefferson Street

AIA CES Logo-2Why are some communities able to maintain their historic character and quality of life in the face of a rapidly changing world, while others have lost the very features that once gave them distinction and special appeal? This session will reveal the secrets of successful communities. It will provide examples of communities that have been able to prosper without losing their heart and soul and it will describe the changes that are reshaping American communities. Finally, it will explain how successful communities are using historic resources and community character as catalysts for economic and community revitalization.
AIA 1.0 HSW LUs

11:30 to 12:45 Lunch at the First United Methodist (309 E. Jefferson St.) and First United Presbyterian (210 W. Green St.) Churches, included in registration fee

12:45 to 2:00 Sessions (Choose One)

  • “Gone but Not Forgotten: Rural Cemeteries, Preservation Techniques and Historic Context Development,” presented by Dan Higginbottom, Archaeologist, State Historic Preservation Office and Dr. Jim Pottebaum, Madison County Genealogical Society
    Located at Snyder Towing, 113 E. Court

Iowa has approximately 4,000 known cemeteries and volunteers across the state are actively documenting and preserving their markers and landscapes. This session will discuss useful survey techniques and the importance of developing a historic context. Maintenance, repair and restoration practices that help preserve individual markers will also be presented.

  • “The Architectural Language of Iowa’s Historic Commercial Buildings,” presented by Leah Rogers, Tallgrass Historians
    Located at First United Methodist Church, 309 E. Jefferson

This session will explore the chronological development of Iowa’s commercial architecture from the early nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century. If you ever felt like you needed to know more about the architectural styles found on Iowa’s main streets, this is the session for you!
AIA 1.25 LUs

  • “Identifying Iowa: An Introduction to Survey and the Iowa Site Inventory Form,” presented by Sara André, State Historic Preservation Office (*Note: This session will be repeated)
    Located at First United Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Green

AIA CES Logo-2To protect elements of the past for future generations, we must first identify what there is and what is important. This session will start with the basics and discuss why survey of our historic resources is important and how to complete the Iowa Site Inventory Form.
AIA 1.25 HSW LUs

  • “Master of Plaster: A Demonstration,” presented by Tim Ita, Ita & Sons Plastering (*Note: This session will be repeated)
    Located at Madison County Tire, 121 E. Court

AIA CES Logo-2Plaster is a significant finish that adds much to the interior character of a historic building. This live demonstration by historic plasterer Tim Ita will acquaint you with the materials and techniques used for traditional flat plaster and its repair.
AIA 1.25 HSW LUs

  • “Approaches to Masonry Restoration: Bricks and Stones May Break My Bones but Bad Mortar Really Hurts,” presented by Jack Porter, Preservation Consultant and Steve Reed, contractor and stone mason (*Note: This session will be repeated)
    Located at Winterset Fire Station, 124 E. Court

AIA CES Logo-2Brick and stone are among the most durable and beautiful historic building materials and Winterset has excellent examples of both to study. This session will address some of the common conditions found in historic buildings and recommend approaches to inventory of materials, condition assessment, repairing and replacement issues relating to these materials. Please note this session will be repeated later in the afternoon.
AIA 1.25 HSW LUs

  • “You Can Totally Do This: The Five Phases of Preserving Your Local Historical Records,” presented by Nancy Trask, Winterset Public Library; with Ron Howell, Researcher; Roslea Johnson, Professor Emeritus, DMACC; Linda Griffith Smith, Madison County Genealogical Society
    Located at Winterset Public Library, 123 N. 2nd St.

This panel discussion will address project selection; preservation and conservation; indexing; funding possibilities; and how to digitize your collections.

2:00 to 2:30 Break (refreshments in the Exhibit Hall)

2:30 to 4:00 Sessions (Choose One)
Locations vary. Please check your registration packet for details.

  • “New Discoveries in Iowa Archaeology: The Identification of a Prehistoric Cultural Landscape in Northwestern Iowa,” presented by Lowell Blikre, Bear Creek Archeology, Inc.; Brennan Dolan, Iowa Department of Transportation; Lance Foster, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska; Douglas W. Jones, State Historic Preservation Office
    Located at ISU Extension Office, 117 N. John Wayne Drive

This session will explore and discuss the identification of a prehistoric cultural landscape in northwestern Iowa found as a result of recent archaeological investigations at two prehistoric archeological sites involved with a federal undertaking for the Iowa Department of Transportation. The results of the investigations and extensive consultations with Tribal Representatives have provided a new understanding and appreciation for prehistoric cultural landscapes. This panel discussion will provide an overview of the archaeological investigations at the two sites, the consultation process, and the identification and interpretation of the prehistoric cultural landscape.

  • “An Inside Job: Interior Rehabilitation Considerations and Use of Historic Tax Credits,” presented by Angela Shearer, National Park Service and Cheryl Peterson and Lori Unick, State Historic Preservation Office
    Located at First United Methodist Church, 309 E. Jefferson

AIA CES Logo-2Interior spaces, floor plans, features and finishes deserve special consideration when planning a rehabilitation project. Using examples from both successful and problematic rehabilitation projects, this session will discuss how to develop a treatment plan for interior work that is consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
AIA 1.5 HSW LUs

  • “Board and Commission Training 101: How To Be Legal, Responsible and Effective,” by Jeff Schott, University of Iowa
    Located at First United Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Green

Your responsibilities as a board or commission member in Iowa are many. This session presents the basic laws and concepts that apply to local government boards and commissions, including legal requirements, doing what is right and enhancing board effectiveness.

  • “Traditional Stone Carving in the 21st Century,” by Ben Mayer, Ben Mayer Custom Carving
    Located at Winterset Fire Station, 124 E. Court

AIA CES Logo-2Historic buildings are often embellished with rich ornamental stone carving which demonstrated the craftsman’s skill and expressed the importance of the building and its owner. This session, led by stone carver Ben Mayer, will discuss the art of stone carving in the 21st century. Topics will include the qualities and properties of various types of stone and the equipment and techniques used in stone carving today. The session will focus on stone carving for building restoration projects and the replication of historic grave markers.
AIA 1.5 HSW LUs

  • “Marketing Your Cultural Assets: Tools and Tips,” by Shawna Lode, Iowa Tourism Office and Jessica Rundlett, State Historical Musem
    Located at Winterset Public Library, 123 N. 2nd St.

Your community is full of historic structures, cultural events and unique points of interest, but getting the word out about those “best kept secrets” can be a challenge. Learn how you can utilize resources from the state of Iowa to help spread the word. This session will feature the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ new Iowa Culture mobile app, hashtags with maximum reach, social media success stories, and digital tools from the Iowa Tourism Office to help tell your community’s story far and wide.

  • “Art, Stained Glass, Quilts and More! A Gallery and Studio Tour” by Heartland Fiber, b.Shannon Designs, Madhaus Gallery, Fons & Porter Quilting, Madison County Mercantile, and Angel Wings & CT
    Beginning at the Madison County Chamber of Commerce Office, 73 E. Jefferson

This guided tour will take you through some of Winterset’s gallery/studio spaces located in historically significant buildings around the Courthouse Square. Artists and business owners will be on hand to talk about their work and answer questions. Their artistry includes hand-made jewelry, glass creations, distinctive, hand-dyed fibers and stores dedicated to unusual gifts and a quilter’s paradise.

4:00 to 4:15 Break (refreshments in the Exhibit Hall)

4:15 to 5:30 Sessions (Choose One)
Locations vary. Please check your registration packet for details.

  • “The State Historic Tax Credit Program: What’s New?” presented by Alana Stamas, Iowa Department of Revenue, and Steve King, State Historic Preservation Officer
    Located at First United Methodist Church, 309 E. Jefferson

AIA CES Logo-2In 2014, the Legislature made several changes to Iowa law in order to strengthen and bring more predictability to the state historic tax credit program. At this session, staff from the Department of Revenue and the State Historic Preservation Office will explain these changes and share information about the new online submission system introduced earlier this year.
AIA 1.25 HSW LUs

  • “How to Use the CLG Program to Your Advantage,” presented by Paula Mohr, State Historic Preservation Office
    Located at Winterset Public Library, 123 N. 2nd St.

Your local government did the hard work to obtain your CLG-status from the National Park Service. What comes next? This session, intended for newly minted CLGs and those that have been in the program for decades, will cover the steps your certified local government can take to be active, visible, and effective.

  • “Identifying Iowa: An Introduction to Survey and the Iowa Site Inventory Form,” presented by Sara André, State Historic Preservation Office
    Located at First United Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Green

AIA CES Logo-2To protect elements of the past for future generations, we must first identify what there is and what is important. This session will start with the basics and discuss why survey of our historic resources is important and how to complete the Iowa Site Inventory Form. Please note this session is a repeat of the one earlier in the afternoon.
AIA 1.25 HSW LUs

  • “Approaches to Masonry Restoration: Bricks and Stones May Break My Bones but Bad Mortar Really Hurts,” presented by Jack Porter, Preservation Consultant and Steve Reed, contractor and stone mason
    Located at Winterset Fire Station, 124 E. Court

AIA CES Logo-2Brick and stone are among the most durable and beautiful historic building materials and Winterset has excellent examples of both to study. This session will address some of the common conditions found in historic buildings and recommend approaches to inventory of materials, condition assessment, repairing and replacement issues relating to these materials. Please note this session is a repeat of the one earlier in the afternoon.
AIA 1.25 HSW LUs

  • “Master of Plaster: A Demonstration,” presented by Tim Ita, Ita & Sons Plastering
    Located at Madison County Tire, 121 E. Court

AIA CES Logo-2Plaster is a significant finish that adds much to the interior character of a historic building. This live demonstration by historic plasterer Tim Ita will acquaint you with the materials and techniques used for traditional flat plaster and its repair. Please note this demonstration is a repeat of the one earlier in the afternoon.
AIA 1.25 HSW LUs

  • “A Courthouse Case Study: Rehabilitation of the Madison County Courthouse,” by Scott Allen, AIA, OPN Architects
    Located at ISU Extension Office, 117 N. John Wayne Dr.

AIA CES Logo-2In 2013, Madison County completed a major restoration of the courthouse iconic clock tower and finished roof replacement project the following year. This session, led by project architect Scott Allen, will present an overview of the project including how the designer and client addressed some of the preservation issues unique to a public building. The session will also provide a tour of some of the interior spaces which will be rehabilitated in the future.
AIA 1.25 HSW LUs

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Dinner Event with Preservation Iowa’s “Preservation At Its Best” Awards, and Keynote Address: “Do Take it Personally: Inspiring Us to Care About Our Heritage,” by Bonnie McDonald, Landmarks Illinois. (Additional ticket purchase (($26.00)) is required at the time of registration. Advance registration is required.)
This event will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1026 N. 8th Ave.banquet change

Summit attendees are invited to St. Joseph Catholic Church for a delicious dinner prepared by the Madison County Pork Producers and Madison County Beef Producers. This event will include presentation of Preservation Iowa’s “Preservation at Its Best Awards” and an engaging talk on preservation advocacy by Bonnie McDonald, President of Illinois Landmarks.

Keynote by Bonnie McDonald: Effective preservation advocates are able to connect our heritage to the bigger picture. By illuminating how historic places align with the public’s interest in a strong economy, a rich quality of life, and a healthy environment, we can develop support for preservation where there once was opposition.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

 8:00 to 10:00 Registration/Check-In and Continental Breakfast at First United Methodist Church, 309 E. Jefferson

Activities: Choose One or More as Time Allows

Saturday’s schedule has multiple options for attendees which are described below. In addition, you can enjoy the abundance of Winterset’s Farmers’ Market (7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), right on the courthouse square, and the unique shops and stores that surround the square.

  • Underground Railroad Workshop
    Located at First United Methodist Church, 309 E. Jefferson

An additional facet of the Summit is an all-day Underground Railroad workshop (detailed schedule is below). Registration for this workshop is included in the general Summit registration. For those not registered for the Summit, it is possible to register separately for just the Underground Railroad Workshop. Continental breakfast included. Advance registration is required.

Underground Railroad Workshop Schedule:

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Keynote Address by Matthew Pinsker, Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History, Dickinson College: “Underground Railroad Reconsidered”

Over the last twenty years, there has been a sweeping change in our understanding about the operations of the Underground Railroad and a new, more sophisticated appreciation for its impact on the coming of the Civil War. Historian Matthew Pinsker will discuss the state of the latest research and scholarship and will help put the dramatic stories of enslaved fugitives and their abolitionist allies into a national context.

10:00 to 10:15 break

10:15 to 11:00 Workshop “Online Resources for Teaching and Researching the Underground Railroad” by Matthew Pinsker, Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History, Dickinson College

The House Divided Project at Dickinson College is one of several notable digital initiatives that offer new and free ways for K-12 educators and others to study subjects like the Underground Railroad. House Divided Project director Matthew Pinsker will provide workshop participants with a quick tour of these new multi-media resources and offer insights into how the tools of this new digital age can help refine various research and close reading efforts with a wide range of freely available materials from the Civil War era.  

11:00 to 11:15 break

11:15 to 12:30 Presentation “And the Coats Began to Fly: Grassroots Research on the Underground Railroad in Madison County, Iowa,” presented by Doug Jones, State Historic Preservation Office; Linda Smith, Madison County Historic Preservation; and Roslea Johnson, Professor Emeritus, DMACC

Researching secretive events of 150 years ago may seem like a daunting task. Roslea Johnson, Douglas W. Jones and Linda Smith will discuss their journey in uncovering Madison County’s role in the Underground Railroad. Beginning with the information in the Iowa Freedom Trail grant project files at the State Historical Society of Iowa, the local Madison County team has doubled the number of known individuals involved in Underground Railroad and Abolitionist activities in Madison County, discovered deep family connections, and plotted actual routes taken by the Freedom Seekers and Underground Railroad Conductors. Our presenters will review the results of the research to date and share how these same techniques can be used by any grassroots team investigating, documenting and evaluating this history.

12:45 Depart for school bus tour (or car caravan) to Lewis, with sack lunch provided (one hour and ten minute ride)

2:00 to 5:00 Tour the Hitchcock House, with Lane Trail Thoughts by Floyd Pearce (and return to Winterset by bus)

  • Park to Park Bicycle Ride

    • 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., meet at Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge in Winterset City Park, entrance at the corner of S. 9th Street & E. South Street

The athletic preservationists among us can take a bike ride (approximately 13 miles round trip) to Pammel State Park (named for the important conservationist Louis Pammel). This tour, led by Rich Mills of the Madison County Bike Club with Leo Landis and Jess Rundlett of the Department of Cultural Affairs, will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end around 10:00 a.m. This ride will depart from the Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge in Winterset’s City Park. Bike helmets are required and riders will need to sign a waiver. Advance registration is required and this event requires a minimum of five riders with a maximum of 25 participants.

  • John Wayne Birthplace Home and Museum Tour
    • 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., located at 205 S. John Wayne Drive

Here is your chance to visit the brand new John Wayne Birthplace Museum, opening in May, 2015, along with the birthplace home. Tour both the modest four-room home plus the new museum which holds an astounding collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the film legend’s career along with a theater and gift shop. You will see movie posters, film wardrobe, original scripts, letters, artwork and even one of his last custom-built cars. Arrive between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and show your Preserve Iowa Summit badge for free entry. After that time the usual $15 fee will apply.

  • Walking Tour: “Art, Stained Glass, Quilts & More! A Gallery and Studio Tour,” self-guided 
    • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., begin at the Madison County Chamber Office, 73 Jefferson St.

This self-guided tour will take you through some of Winterset’s gallery/studio spaces located in historically significant buildings around the courthouse square. Their artistry includes hand-made jewelry, glass creations, distinctive, hand-dyed fibers and stores dedicated to unusual gifts and a quilter’s paradise. Meet the artists and business owners to talk about their work and to ask questions. Pick up your tour booklet at the Madison County Chamber of Commerce office on the northeast corner of the Courthouse Square. Shops will open at 10:00 a.m. and will be open all day.

  • Walking Tour of Winterset Historic Residences
    • 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., begin at 110 W. Washington St. (former high school, current Winterset School District Administration Building)

Owners within a stately neighborhood of late 19th century and early 20th century residences will welcome you into their homes and answer your questions on the rehabilitation work done in each one. Meeting place will be made available at registration. 

  • Car Caravan to Greenfield: Hotel Greenfield and Warren Cultural Center
    • 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., leaves from east side of Winterset Elementary School, 404 S. 2nd Ave.

Travel to Greenfield where a guide will lead a tour of the recently rehabilitated E.E. Warren Opera House (awarded the Preservation Honor Award in 2013 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation) and the 1920 Hotel Greenfield, also recently rehabilitated. The 25-minute drive to Greenfield will be made in your own car as part of a caravan and will end with lunch on your own in Greenfield, if you wish. Departure from Winterset will be at 9:00 a.m. and location will be made available at registration.

  • Bus Tour of Madison County Historical Sites
    • 11:00 to 12:30, meet at Madison County Chamber of Commerce Office, 73 Jefferson St.

Visit our back roads under the direction of a trained, local resident tour guide who is happy to show you Madison County and answer your questions.  You will visit Madison County landmarks with stories behind the construction, history, and preservation of our treasured covered bridges and much more. Meeting place is the Madison County Chamber of Commerce office on the northeast corner of the Courthouse Square. $12 advance registration is required and this bus tour requires a 10-person minimum.

  • Madison County Historical Complex Tour
    • 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., located at 815 S. 2nd Ave.

Complete your Saturday with a visit to the Madison County Historical Complex with 14 buildings on 18 acres to glimpse into the past. Once you visit the many exhibits within the museum, tour the elegant 1856 mansion that sits on a hill on overlooking Winterset. Other buildings include Winterset’s train depot, a functioning church, a country school, and a large barn waiting for agricultural enthusiasts. Other open buildings include a pioneer law office, blacksmith shop, filling station, and log cabins. Admission is free with your Preserve Iowa Summit badge from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Other visitors are $5.