Annual Meetings

Annual meetings provide the primary opportunity for Alliance members to gather and exchange information and views with professional colleagues and friends in a casual atmosphere. The annual meetings are informal, with a themed program that spotlights the host community’s environment through tours and presentations by participants and invited speakers.

The Alliance holds its meetings in diverse historic places to explore and understand topical issues. The Alliance continues to seek out places that will offer a stimulating experience for participants.

40th Annual Meeting – Tucson, Arizona

March 14 – 17, 2018

Cultural Crossroads: Heritage Landscapes of the Sonoran Desert.
“Landscapes of Abundance and of Scarcity”


Tucson is the oldest continually settled community in the United States, home to the Tohono O’odham and Pasqua Yaqui nations, the University of Arizona, and over one million people. As the only place in the United States to be designated a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy, the region boasts a creative and cutting edge cuisine, steeped in the use of native foods and influenced by both Mexican and Native American cultures. As a cultural crossroads, the Tucson region contains pre-historic, Spanish Colonial, ranching, mining, military, territorial, Mexican, and mid-century modern heritage landscapes.  Surrounded by four mountain ranges and with 350 days of sunshine, Tucson’s natural beauty and access to outdoor recreation attracts visitors from around the world.

Fig 1 Tucson


The Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation (AHLP) is pleased to announce that it will meet in Tucson, Arizona in March 2018.  Its 2018 annual meeting theme will be Cultural Crossroads: Heritage Landscapes of the Sonoran Desert,“Landscapes of Abundance & Landscapes of Scarcity.”

Tiradito Barrio
Barrio Viejo


Elysian market
Elysian market


The Program Committee is inviting proposals for papers and summaries of works-in-progress that will promote lively and thoughtful discussions about cultural landscape conservation.  Submissions will be actively encouraged that: address expressions of Spanish and Mexican culture and heritage, Native American sites, and places of importance to other indigenous peoples; cattle ranching and other forms of food production and land management; expressions of mid-century modernism; as well as topics concerning industries of extraction, tourism and urban renewal.

Noche en blanco
Noche en blanco


Empire ranch
Empire ranch


These themes will be reinforced by field trips along the Kino Mission Trail (including Tumacacori, San Xavier and the Mission Garden), a tour of Tucson including a landscape designed by Garrett Eckbo, a visit to the El Tiradito Shrine and Barrio as well as a visit to Tumamoc Hill (a significant site for the Tohono O’Odham), and, of course, a visit to the famous Empire Ranch.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Board of Directors’ Meeting and Lunch at the AC Marriott Tucson
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Conference Registration
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Opening Reception and ‘Round Table’ Introductions at the AC Marriott Tucson
7:30 pm Dinner on Own in Tucson

Thursday, 15 March 2018

7:30 am – 9:00 am Conference Registration in the Marbella Room
8:00 am – 12:30 pm Introduction to Tucson History and its Landscapes; Presentations, Posters, and Discussion
Afternoon Bus to Tumacácori, San Xavier, and Mission Garden (Lunch Provided)
Evening Dinner on Own in Tucson

Friday, 16 March 2018

7:30 am – 9:00 am Conference Registration in the Marbella Room
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Introduction to Urban Renewal and Modernism and Hohokam Agriculture; Presentations, Posters, and Discussion
Afternoon Walk to Eckbo Landscape and Barrio Viejo (Lunch Provided)
Evening Dinner on Own in Tucson
8:30 pm – 9:15 pm Neon Tour by Historic Bus

Saturday, 17 March 2018

7:30 am – 9:00 am Conference Registration in the Marbella Room
8:00 am – 11:45 am Introduction to Ranching; Presentations, Posters, and Discussion
Afternoon Bus to Kentucky Camp and Empire Ranch (Lunch Provided)
Evening Closing Reception (Dinner Provided)

Conference Registration is OPEN until March 7, 2018, or until 57* people have registered.
*Due to bus size, we are limiting the conference to 57 registrants this year.
Conference fees range from $250–$560. Note that early bird rates end February 12, 2018.

Register for the 2018 Annual Meeting here.

Room Block at the AC Hotel Tucson Downtown
The hotel has graciously extended the AHLP’s room block rate through 5 pm (Pacific) on January 25, 2018. Please ask for the AHLP group rate $169-$179/night.  You may call the hotel toll-free at 1-844-802-9817 or use this link.

Post-Conference Option: A Day Trip to Mexico
On Sunday, Mach 18, from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm, an optional conference extension trip will take us south along the Mission Trail across the border into Mexico to visit the historic missions of Magdalena and San Ignacio. Magdalena de Kino—some sixty miles south of the border—has been honored as a Pueblo Magico, a special designation bestowed by the Mexican government because of its high level of historical and cultural significance to the nation. As the burial place of the remarkable Jesuit missionary Fr. Kino, it is the terminus of an internationally famous pilgrimage route that spans the United States and Mexico. This tour will provide both a look back into the past and a glance at the contemporary challenges faced by small Mexican communities.

This private tour for AHLP members has been arranged through the Border Community Alliance, an Arizona not-for-profit allied with FESAC, a Sonoran non-governmental organization. The goal of both organizations is to share the heritage of the borderlands through education, research and cultural exchange.

The trip is limited to 24 participants. Passports are required. Cost: $150 (includes tour, lunch and gratuities). Sign up here.
*Please note that delays rarely but occasionally occur when crossing the border from Sonora into Arizona. Take this into account when making continuing transportation arrangements.