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.
Detroit as a Cultural Landscape Palimpsest
The Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation: Conserving Cultural Landscapes will hold its 2019 Annual Conference in Detroit Michigan from 23-25 May 2019.
The theme of the conference is “Detroit as a Cultural Landscape Palimpsest.” We will immerse ourselves in layers of history revealed through the cultural landscapes of the city. We will also look to the future to understand how the city is addressing dramatic demographic and economic change through innovative approaches that ensure a resilient future while embracing and preserving cultural heritage.
Our three-day conference will introduce us to the land of the Anishinabeg (First People) from a historical perspective and through the voices of Indigenous communities living in the area today. The landscape’s abundant natural resources and strategic location proved vital to the eighteenth century fur trade economy and to subsequent European settlement. Fort Detroit became a contested territory between French, British and American armies and their Indigenous allies. Vestiges of war, removal, settlement, and development remain in the landscape.
The Wyandotte Nation in Michigan
The Woodward Plan
As Detroit grew into a commercial and manufacturing center during the 1800s, the city’s landscapes developed according to the Woodward Plan, a unified system of diagonal streets and grand public circles laid out in a symmetrical pattern. It remains the organizational system of the city today. Populated with architecture recognized as being among the finest in the U.S., the city has one of the largest surviving collections of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century buildings in the country. We will explore the city’s landscapes and buildings and their connections to the automobile industry, music culture, urban renewal, civil rights movement, and other major themes that continue to resonate in the pulse of the city today.
Olmsted’s Belle Isle Park
Lafayette Park NHL
We will be conveniently based in Midtown at the campus of Wayne State University. Our meetings will be held in the beautiful, Minoru Yamasaki designed, McGregor Conference Center in the heart of that campus.
McGregor Conference Centre
We will stay a short walking distance down the street at the Inn on Ferry Street, a collection of Victorian mansions and carriage houses that have been adapted to serve as lodging.
Please save the dates of May 23-25, 2019 for the conference. Information on registration will be coming early in 2019.