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Heritage Conference 2018: Sacred Spaces, Special Places

Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs

Monday, November 5, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EST)

Heritage Conference 2018: Sacred Spaces, Special Places

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From historic church buildings to cemeteries and their landscapes, this year, the Heritage Conference will focus on sacred spaces and their value as special places for communities.

During the conference, you will attend workshops at the historic All Saints' Episcopal Church, tour Pontiac’s Oak Hill Cemetery, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, and learn about best practices in cemetery preservation and sustainability.

Bob Jaeger Keynote SpeakerYou will have a special opportunity to hear from a nationally recognized expert on how to revitalize sacred spaces into special places that nurture and uplift communities: Bob Jaeger, co-founder and president, Partners for Sacred Places, Philadelphia, is the keynote speaker. His non-profit organization is unique in helping to build the capacity of all kinds of congregations in historic, sacred places—transforming them into anchor institutions—that better serve and shape their communities.

Finally join us for a networking reception, graciously sponsored by Oakland County’s Historical Commission, at the Fillmore 13 Brewery.

Sessions and tour will be valuable to:
•    Planners
•    Developers
•    Architects
•    Government Employees
•    Historians
•    Residents


           8:30 AM      Registration & Continental Breakfast

            9:00            Welcome
Bret Rasegan, Planning Manager, Oakland County

            9:30         Group A: Oak Hill Cemetery Tour
Established in 1822 and on the National Register of Historic Places, Oak Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of many important people who contributed to Pontiac and Michigan. Tour the cemetery with the volunteers of Better Pontiac who will share their experience preserving this historic treasure. Care and restoration efforts are underway through the dedication of Better Pontiac. Learn more about how to care for a historic cemetery, restore historic mausoleums and host events, like the annual Oak Hill Cemetery Walk.
NOTE: Groups will be bused to tour location, courtesy of Oakland County Parks

Group B: Workshops
The Architecture of Death: An Integral Part of Life Today
Ron Campbell,AIA Principal Planner/Architect,Oakland County
Whether it is due to people’s fear or faith, death has fascinated and inspired mankind since recorded history. In all cultures, the aspect of death has been the motivation for some of our most iconic structures and created some of our most memorable places. It has shaped our cities, influenced our customs and is an integral part of life today. This session on designing for death will take you from the frightening to the solemn and on to the humorous and sometimes outlandish. Journey with Campbell through history and explore the architecture of death. Learn how history can benefit the future.

                          Thinking Outside the Fence: How to Preserve your Historic Cemetery
                          John Bry, Principal Planner and Program Coordinator,
                          Main Street Oakland County
Hear ideas that can help communities “think outside the fence” and stave off property decline and abandonment by working proactively on the major aspects that go into managing a historic cemetery. Whether your local cemetery is active or not, Oakland County’s principal planner and program coordinator for the county’s Main Street program, John Bry, will provide you with five key areas every municipality or organization should know to keep their cemetery sustainable and preserved as a local historic treasure connected to their community.
     10:45          Workshops & Tour
                       NOTE: Workshops repeat so attendees can take part in both of the workshops and the tour

             Noon        Catered Lunch

            1:00 PM     All Saints’ Episcopal Church: Programs and Opportunities
Reverend Chris Johnson, Rector, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Pontiac
         1:30           Keynote Session
                          Preserving the Public Value of Historic Sacred Places
Bob Jaeger,President, Partners for Sacred Places,Philadelphia
Learn about the larger “Economic Halo Effect” of revitalizing and preserving older churches and synagogues from this expert. Develop a new understanding of ways to help religious and preservation leaders sustain your sacred places.  Hear ideas on how to make the most of your community’s special spaces and related assets and their positive economic impact.
            2:30             Wrap Up

          3:00 PM      Networking Reception
Fillmore 13 Brewery, 7 North Saginaw St., Pontiac
Sponsored by Oakland County’s Historical Commission

Dress for weather.

Pending Education Credits: AIA

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Have questions about Heritage Conference 2018: Sacred Spaces, Special Places? Contact Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs

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All Saints' Episcopal Church
171 West Pike Street
Pontiac, MI 48341

Monday, November 5, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EST)

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Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs

Oakland County is the economic center for the state of Michigan. We provide leading-edge services and programs that help the county continue to make the transition from a manufacturing-based economy to a knowledge-based economy. These initiatives spearhead a positive business environment and maintain job growth and a high quality of life for our citizens.

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