The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) will hold its 36th annual statewide conference Sunday through Wednesday, May 15 through 18 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.

With the theme “Preservation on the Edge,” the conference will address historic preservation and explore its essential role in economic development, community character and sustainability. Dozens of sessions range from seminars and panel discussions to mobile workshops and study tours.

Participants can earn continuing education credits, take advantage of networking opportunities, and receive some free access by volunteering at the conference (based on the amount of volunteer service).

An entire educational track is devoted to the topic “Redefining the Edge: Conserving Community Character.” The conference will explore creative strategies for using preservation to maintain the unique characters of communities.

Another track is devoted to “The Cutting Edge: Partnerships, Development, and Incentives.”

Other educational tracks include “Gaining the Technical Edge: Innovative Preservation Practices,” “On the LEEDing Edge: Sustainability, Preservation, and Rating Systems,” and “Peering Over the Edge: The Future of Historic Preservation.”

The event features nationally renowned leaders in a number of fields, including the conference keynote speaker, Stephanie Meeks, the new president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The conference will also offer opportunities to visit many of Santa Monica’s historic locations, including the 1914 Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style La Se—ora Research Institute, the 1938 Streamline Moderne Barnum Hall on the campus of Santa Monica High School, the 1929 Miles Memorial Playhouse, and the Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach.

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