2024 Preserve Iowa Summit: Mount Pleasant 


The Iowa Economic Development/State Historic Preservation Office, the Mount Pleasant Historic Preservation Commission, and the City of Mount Pleasant will present the annual Preserve Iowa Summit on June 6-8, 2024.

The Preserve Iowa Summit is the state’s premier conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation in Iowa.  The 2024 conference will highlight Mount Pleasant’s historic preservation successes.  

General sessions, concurrent breakout sessions, and hands-on educational training will occur throughout the two-and-a-half-day conference -- as well as mobile workshops, networking opportunities and an exhibit hall.

Would you like to attend this conference at no cost?  Do you have a high-quality presentation that would be appropriate for historic preservation professionals and volunteers?  Have you heard someone present at a conference you think would be a great speaker for the Summit?  

We hope that many successes, ideas, and expertise from across the Midwest and beyond will be part of the 2024 Preserve Iowa Summit and urge you to consider submitting a session proposal.  Please pass this along to anyone you know who could provide training at this conference.

Possible session ideas include adaptive reuse, cultural landscapes, the recent past, preservation, sustainability, advocacy, rural preservation, establishing a non-profit organization, archaeology, historic craftsmanship, downtown/historic district development, preservation success stories, etc.  
If the proposed session is focused on historic preservation or sustainability, the material presented must be consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation.

Proposed breakout sessions should have no more than four presenters (including the moderator) and should be one hour and ten minutes in length (plus a recommended 20 minutes for questions). 

Individual presentations of twenty to thirty minutes may be proposed for an “open session” or a thematic session of related topics.

If your session is accepted, we will confirm your audio-visual and facility needs.  Costs of preparation and delivery of the proposal are solely the responsibility of the applicant.

December 15, 2023 - Proposals due
February 2024 - Notification of selection
June 6-8, 2024 – Preserve Iowa Summit 

(515) 348-6287

  • All “required” fields in the application must be completed.
  • Provide a concise three to four sentence statement describing your presentation (if your presentation is selected, this statement will be published in the Summit schedule; 100-word limit)
  • Provide contact information, a paragraph (brief bio) and photo for each presenter.

The success of the Preserve Iowa Summit depends on the expertise offered to attendees by volunteer presenters.  Presenters will receive a complimentary registration. Upon request additional compensation may include: one night’s lodging at the approved conference rate, mileage reimbursement and meal reimbursement incurred on the day of the presentation.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Preserve Iowa Summit Planning Committee, which will consider all information provided in the proposal when making selections and may consider relevant information from other sources.