FEBRUARY 28-29, 2020 

Online reservations are closed

Tickets may be purchased at the events 





Restore Nebraska is a statewide historic preservation conference produced in partnership with History Nebraska.

The two-day event unites home owners, restoration experts, preservation lovers, government officials, developers and others in an interactive and educational forum, focused on teaching and motivating attendees to preserve, restore and renovate older properties.

Members receive a 20% discount on conference admission!


Location of all events (excluding Friday evening tour and reception) –  Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort Streets

Online reservations are closed. Tickets may be purchased at the events



9:30AM – Noon $25
CLG/Main Street Presentation
Bob Yapp with Preservation Resources Inc. presents the Historic Preservation Cost Comparison Tool© a new and exciting tool for state, county, city and Main Street preservation staff. With a few clicks, residential and commercial consumers can look at side-by-side comparisons of the true, objective costs for replacing vs repairing architecturally important and character defining features in their community. Breakfast rolls and coffee will be available.

Noon – 3PM $25
Sauce Bosses BBQ lunch followed by shuttle/walking tour of Metropolitan Community College’s historic Fort Omaha Campus.

7-9PM $50 – SOLD OUT
Sneak Peek Tours of the current restoration of the former Blackstone Hotel plus food and drinks across the street inside the Kiewit Plaza. Space Limited.

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$50/$40 for Members
Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus: Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology
8AM – 5PM

8AM – Registration & Exhibits Open
9AM – Welcome & Announcements
9:15 to 10:15 AM – Opening Session Bernice Radle
10:30 to 11:30AM – Session 1
11:30 to 12:30 – Lunch, Vendor Booths and Networking
12:30 to 1:45 – Keynote
2:00 to 3:00PM – Session 2
3:00 to 3:30PM – Vendor Booths and Networking
3:30 to 4:30PM – Session 3
4:30 to 5:00PM – Revitalizing Gifford Park/Martin and Rob Janousek and Chris Foster

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Stay at our Hotel Sponsor – Hotel Deco in downtown Omaha. It is an ultimate luxury guest experience.

Hotel Accommodations



Bob Yapp’s work is responsible for training and inspiring more preservationists than just about anyone today. From his PBS show, About Your House, back in the day to his Belvedere School for Historic Preservation in Hannibal, Missouri, he has worked tirelessly to train others in the art of historic preservation.

When he is not teaching one of the dozen or so classes offered each year at the school, Bob loads up his van and spends the rest of the year on the road teaching preservation to communities groups, preservation pros, and even the National Parks Service. He is passionate about saving old windows and is one of the founders of the Window Preservation Standards Collaborative, which has finally given the preservation community a standardized set of guidelines for window restoration.

Bob spoke at the conference in 2005 and 2006. He is an entertaining speaker, passionate advocate and knows his stuff inside and out. On Friday he’ll present a new Historic Preservation Cost Comparison Tool providing side-by-side comparisons of the true, objective costs for replacing vs repairing a properties architecturally important and character defining features.  On Saturday his keynote will take participants through the economic benefits of historic preservation and a morning breakout session will give attendees strategies on how to make historic homes livable for today while re


Bernice Radle is an urban planner, historic preservationist and building science nerd.

She is the owner and CEO of Buffalove Development and Little Wheel Restoration Co. based in Buffalo, New York.  Her construction team is 20 strong and more than 50% female. She was host and house rehabber on American Rehab Buffalo (DIY Network & HGTV) and her work has been featured in the NY Times, Huffington Post, City Lab, Preservation Magazine, Old Home Magazine and many other publications. She is all about small scale incremental neighborhood development. She believes strong healthy neighborhoods are the key to a community’s success and believes neighborhood strength isn’t defined by how expensive the homes are, it is defined by how inclusive it is to all walks of life. 

Bernice created the original “heart-bomb” event in Buffalo showering rundown buildings with love through paper hearts around Valentine’s Day and inspired Restoration Exchange to organize the event in Omaha. She keynoted the conference in 2015 sharing the work being down by young preservationists in Buffalo. We are excited to bring her back again.

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