24rd Annual ACRA Conference, September 6-9, 2017 

The Netherland Plaza Hilton Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio

The American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) supports cultural resource management (CRM) firms, cultural resources discipline groups, and their affiliates. Our annual meeting is a prime venue to exchange ideas and meet new colleagues. It is through member participation that our conference program can expand each year, bringing new ideas and evoking teamwork as we strive to make our industry stronger. Our 24th annual conference will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, from September 6‒9, 2018. This year’s conference theme—Local Voices, National Trends: Heritage Transforming Communities—highlights Cincinnati’s place as a national leader in historic preservation at the local level and places a focus on Section 106 and CRM bringing local voices into the federal process.

The ACRA Conference Committee is soliciting proposals for sessions to be held during the annual meeting. Using the conference theme as a general guide, sessions can reflect a variety of CRM topics, including business operations, reaching out to the academy, continued education, technological advances, advocacy, and best practices. Sessions can involve an individual speaker, a suite of presenters, or a panel (maximum of four panelists); they can also revolve around a presentation or an interactive activity. Each session will last between one and two hours, depending on the topic. Our goal is to craft a well-rounded program that will provide value to our attendees. It is anticipated that the session moderator will work with the Conference Committee on content and session requirements. We also welcome recommendations for a compelling keynote speaker.

Please submit the following information to ACRA conference session organizer, Michelle Cross, by March 15, 2018.

  • Name of Moderator
  • Type of Session (single speaker, suite of speakers, panel, work session, other)
  • Proposed Speakers/Panelists (if known)
  • Session Title
  • Brief Session Summary Including Requested Length of Session Slot
  • Unique Attributes/Benefit to ACRA Conference Attendees
  • Anticipated Technical Needs
  • Anticipated Financial Needs Including Travel Funds

If you have any questions on this solicitation or the conference planning process in general, contact Michelle Cross, Conference Committee Chair Kerri Barile, or ACRA Executive Director Marion Werkheiser


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