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Kansas Preservation Alliance Records (1979-) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Kansas Preservation Alliance Records (1979-)

Historical Note:

1978                Bernd and Enell Foerster, Richard Wagner, Richard Longstreth, and Robert  Melnick meet at Harry’s Restaurant in the Historic Wareham Hotel to discuss the idea of starting a statewide organization, the Kansas Preservation Alliance Nov, KSU architecture faculty members and the National Trust for Historic Preservation hosted a conference “Historic Preservation in the Plains States” in Manhattan

1979                Richard Wagner, President Mar 10, First meeting of the Kansas Preservation Alliance, held in Topeka Jun 23, A second meeting was held and temporary board of directors was established Jul 24, Articles of Incorporation were filed and bylaws adopted Oct 20, First general meeting was held and permanent board of directors was established

1980                As a result of KPA’s lobbying efforts, state constitution amended to allow federal funds to be distributed by the state to private property owners Apr, First issue of newsletter was published 1981 Letter-writing campaign against federal cuts in preservation funding Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 encouraged rehabilitation of historic buildings through tax credits Jun, A program of annual awards for preservation projects was developed

1981                Sep 23, KPA given $10,000 challenge grant by National Trust for Historic Preservation May, First annual awards were presented Jul, Granted exemption from federal income tax

1982 Summer, Award Challenge Grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, one condition of grant was to hire an executive director Oct, Fourth President of KPA

1983                Feb, Fourth President of KPA resigns Apr 16, Robert Puckett, accepted the President position of KPA Aug, Hired first executive director

1984                Due to financial issues and lack of membership and leadership, KPA proclaimed a period of dormancy

1985                Spring, awarded 15 Preservation Awards The organization became active again and by end of year achieved organizational stability

1986                Oct, Brad Mayhew becomes President

1992                Board meetings held in conjunction with Historic Resources Committee of American Institute of Architecture (AIA) KPA and AIA co-sponsored a one-day conference on preservation technology and developed a joint program to award teachers who incorporated historic preservation in their teaching Problem between KPA and Kansas State Historical Society as a result of the denial of an award to Bowman associates

1993                The Most Endangered Properties listings were initiated

1994                Sep, First state historic preservation conference

1995                Accepted into the National Trust’s Statewide Initiatives Program

1996                Sponsored the Vernacular Architecture Forum

1997                May 13, KPA sponsored a fundraising reception in historic Patterson-Nall House in Overland Park Accepted into the Statewide Initiative Program

1998-2000      Legislative Advocacy Committee of KPA became active

1999                Post Audit Committee of Kansas Legislature found problems with organization and structure of Kansas State Historical Society (KSHS) Supported Kansas House Bill 2605 which sought the reorganization of KSHS 2000 Helped write House Bill 2128 which provided state tax credit for historic rehabilitation First annual Historic Preservation Conference co-sponsored with KSHS 2001 House Bill 2128 passed 2002 Muriel Goloby Lifetime Achievement Award established

2003                Apr, Produced the Kansas Preservation Symposium, “Preservation: The New Economic Frontier” to improve relationship with KSHS Founded Preservation Opportunity Fund

2004                Preservation Opportunity Fund acquired its first property Lifetime Achievement Award given to Bernd Foerster

2005                Ken Bower, President Chosen for the 2006 round of Kansas Commerce Department’s Community Service Tax Credit program

2006                Ken Bower, President May 04-06, 2006 Kansas Preservation Conference, Lawrence

2007                Ken Bower, President May 10-12, “Living the Legend with Preservation” conference, Dodge City Awarded a Heritage Trust Fund grant to rehab Smith Center bank building Sally Hatcher received the Muriel Goloby Lifetime Achievement Award

2008                LeeAnne Hays, President Janine Joslin, Executive Director retires Lifetime Achievement Award given to Richard Pankratz

2009                Mar, Dale Nimz hired as Executive Director Bobbi Miles, President

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