The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center between Cody and Powell is one of the stops on this year's Preserve Wyoming Conference, to be held in Powell. (Stevan Leger photo)

(Casper, Wyo.) – An upcoming historic preservation conference will focus on saving Wyoming’s roadside heritage and fostering grassroots volunteerism in the state’s Main Street communities.

Wyoming Main Street, a division of the Wyoming Business Council, and the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) are sponsoring the Preserve Wyoming Conference on Sept. 11-13 in Powell, Wyo.

The conference features sessions on the restoration of the Wyoming State Capitol Building; roadside architecture; updating the historic preservation plan for Wyoming; Main Street as a highway; and how to manage, recognize and develop volunteers and create a culture of volunteerism.

Keynote speaker Chester Liebs from the University of New Mexico will give a presentation titled, “Seeing Roadside Historic Resources with New Eyes.” He will trace the transformation of commercial development as it has migrated in the past century from central Main Streets to out-of-town roadside linear shopping areas. He will also explore both the evolution of roadside commercial architectural imagery and a number of commercial building types from auto showrooms and supermarkets to restaurants and drive-in theaters.

Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center, will deliver closing remarks for the conference onSept. 13.

The conference also includes tours of the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, Old Trail Town, the Cowley Gym, Sage Creek historic sites, a Main Street tour to Cowley, Wyo., and the Heart Mountain Landscape and Canal.

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Photo of the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center used with permission

–News release provided by the Wyoming Business Council