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.

Mark it in your calendars now! Registration will commence in January 2018.