Palm Springs — the home of mid-century design — will begin hosting the three-day California Preservation Conference Wednesday, an event focused on building California’s preservation legacy and shaping the future of heritage conservation.

The 44th annual conference presented by the California Preservation Foundation will be themed “Preservation Springs Eternal.”

Featuring more than 40 sessions, workshops and events, the conference will expand on the theme by challenging attendees to “reflect back on battles won and lost, and to look forward to the next generation of preservationists and preservation technologies,” according to organizers.

Palm Springs also hosted the conference in 2009 and 1999.

“We are thrilled to return to Palm Springs, and to see the tremendous development in the city’s preservation community since we were last here in 2009,” CPF Executive Director Cindy Heitzman said. “Palm Springs is a prime example of why preservation matters, and how thoughtful partnerships between local governments, preservationists and community groups, can revitalize a community.”

Six main topics will covered during the three-day event:

— Homes, Hospitality & Heritage: The Economics of Historic Preservation;

— Cultural Landscapes & Open Spaces

— Preservation Pathways: Safeguarding Our Past, Charting our Future

— Materiel Resource Intelligence: Conservation & Sustainability

— Making Preservation Accessible & Inclusive; and

— special sessions on Modernism.

Most of the conference will take place at the Hilton Palm Springs, although tours and events will be held throughout the area, including Riverside.

More information about the conference is available at

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