2018 Spring Speaker Series

SLRLN 2018 Spring Speaker Series

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Join us on Wednesday, April 18th at 5:30 p.m. in the De Smet Jesuit High School Innovation Center for our annual Spring Speaker Series!  We are excited to showcase the newly renovated De Smet Jesuit High School Innovation Center and welcome this year’s speaker, Washington University Senior Lecturer, Michael Allen!  The topic of his presentation will be, Finding Our Way to the Future: Historic Preservation In the Active Tense (see description below).

Michael Allen has worked on a wide range of historic preservation projects since he founded the St. Louis-based Preservation Research Office (PRO) in 2009. PRO has worked on designation, tax credit, public policy and public interpretive projects in St. Louis as well as across eight states. Allen also holds an appointment as senior lecturer in Architecture and Landscape architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. Recent scholarship has been supported by the Mellon Foundation’s Divided City project and the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis.  His publications include chapters in Bending the Future: 50 Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation in the United States (2016) and The Making of an All-America City: East St. Louis at 150 (2011). His critical writing on historic preservation and legacy cities has appeared in Next CityTemporary Art ReviewPreservation Leadership Forumthe St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other outlets. Allen serves as an advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a regional advisor to Landmarks Illinois, and a board member for the National Building Arts Center.

Great news! This year at our annual event, we will be raffling off prizes!  Be sure to register and pick up your ticket at the event to win a Google Home device or free registration to a future SLRLN event!

De Smet Jesuit High School Innovation Center
2nd Floor
Directions to De Smet Jesuit High School

Wednesday, April 18
5:30 pm-8:00pm
Dinner and drink service (including beer/wine) will be provided
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  • Guest Speaker to Follow Business Meeting
  •  Welcome and update by Council President Nina O’Daniels
  •  Council election and Bylaws approval
  •  FY2019 Budget Presentation

Registration is $30 for SLRLN members and $40 for non-members.  

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Registration closes April 15th. 


Session Presentation: Finding Our Way to the Future: Historic Preservation In the Active Tense
Historic preservation as a way of shaping the world — not simply conserving it — has roots in John Ruskin’s states sixth lamp of architecture, memory. There may not be one way we choose to bring buildings and places forward, and the American preservation practice contains several schools of thought. This talk examines the variety of philosophies and outcomes in several local preservation projects, including Central Library, across time.


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