The annual historic preservation conference you know and love has a new name and a new look.

Restore Omaha is now the Nebraska Historic Preservation Conference. “Restoration Exchange is excited to partner with the Nebraska State Historical Society to present the 2018 conference,” said Kristine Gerber, Restoration Exchange executive director. “Together we promise an event that will educate and motivate people to restore, revive and preserve our main streets and urban centers across Nebraska.”

The two-day event opens Friday, March 2, with a morning training for Nebraska’s preservation leaders and a session for small developers on how to buy, finance and restore older buildings. After lunch, the group will offer tours of restoration projects along Omaha’s Blackstone and South 13th Street commercial districts. On Friday night, attendees can tour the building where the modern day parachute was invented – 1501 Howard St. – and end at 1316 Jones St. for tours, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

“We are thrilled to partner with Restoration Exchange Omaha to support the preservation and revitalization of Nebraska’s historic buildings,” said Trevor Jones, director and CEO of the Nebraska State Historical Society. “Historic preservation strengthens communities and supports economic development. We’ve long admired REO’s work and are excited by what we can do together to support preservation efforts statewide.”

The Nebraska Historic Preservation Conference itself is set for Saturday, March 3 with a full day of breakout sessions. Watch for conference updates in the next issue. For more information, contact Nicole Malone at or Restoration Exchange at

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