Heritage Ohio Annual Conference

This fall Heritage Ohio will celebrate 25 years from the founding of our organization in September 1989 as Downtown Ohio with the Heritage Ohio Annual Revitalization and Preservation Conference, hosted at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, September 22-24.



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While the conference has been scheduled later in the year, the agenda holds the same variety and excitement. This year’s conference will once again present great learning opportunities for preservationists, community revitalization volunteers, and development professionals. There will be many activities such as field sessions, educational workshops, hands on training, and the chance to network with like minded community members. In addition, AIA credits will be offered on many of the sessions. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the success that Kent, Ohio has had with historic preservation and development through guided walking tours!



PatriceFrey-e1364327736783Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center, has been a key player in historic preservation, community development, and sustainability for 15 years. Frey is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her master’s degree in historic preservation with a concentration in real estate design and development. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and international relations. Before joining the National Main Street Center, Frey found success working in community development, urban research, and environmental sustainability. Having served as the Director of Sustainability at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Frey is well versed in building reuse, preservation standards, and public policies at the federal, state, and local levels.



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The 2014 Legacy Circle Reception will be held on September 22. This reception, held every year at the annual conference, is meant to honor the support and generosity of our Legacy Circle members.

This year the Legacy Circle Reception will be held at:

Secret Cellar

176 E Main St, Kent, Ohio 44240
(330) 678-9463

If you are interested in information about our membership opportunities, click on the membership tab at top of the page.


Silver Celebration

Come celebrate, network, and reminisce about the founding and growth of Heritage Ohio from the early days in 1989, as an idea on a napkin, to the  present.



We want to extend a special thank you to all of our sponsors, including our Title Sponsor, the Burbick Foundation! Thanks to your support, we're able to offer top-notch sessions while keeping our conference registration prices affordable.

A-Z Window Restoration
Buckeye Hills-HVRDD
Burbick Foundation
Casto Management Services
Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects
Chesler Group
Coon Restoration & Sealants, Inc
CT Consultants
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Gray & Pape
MCM Company, Inc
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
OHM Advisors
Ohio Historic Preservation Office
Rausche Historic Preservation, LLC
Sandvick Architects
Turner Construction Company
Ulmer & Berne