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Real Places 2023: Preserving Historic Texas
February 1-3, 2022
DoubleTree by Hilton Austin, 6505 N Interstate Hwy 35
 
Proposals Due: May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm CST
 
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is seeking session and workshop proposals for the 2023 Real Places Conference. Real Places is the state's premier historic preservation conference, bringing together a diverse body of professionals to share, learn, and inspire innovative approaches to the preservation of Texas history. Learn more about Real Places and the audience that attends this conference.
How to Submit:
Before you begin filling out this application, we encourage you to scroll down and review the entire application so that you can prepare the necessary information. Text boxes contain character limits, which are noted throughout; you may wish to type your information into a blank document and copy/paste it into this form. This webpage can be used to determine character and word counts in advance. In order to be considered, submissions must be made via this online form and must be complete and on time.

Selection Process:
Proposals are reviewed and selected by the Real Places Conference Program Committee. The committee is composed of an interdisciplinary group of preservation professionals representing many of the THC’s programs. During the review process, a member of the Program Committee may contact those submitting proposals for clarification or further information. The selection committee will prioritize the following criteria when reviewing applications:
  • Relevant to current themes, is current and practical
  • Promotes historic preservation and adds to other intersecting fields of archaeology, architecture, planning, history, economic development, etc.
  • Demonstrates a clear takeaway that is both relevant and valuable to attendees
  • Provides applicable and transferable information and tools to attendees
  • Includes speakers who demonstrate expertise in their field with experience presenting on the topic
  • Completeness, accuracy, and clarity of the proposal
  • Does not promote a company or organization's products or services
Notification of acceptance or decline will be no later than July 15, 2022. A member of the Program Committee will work with presenters to ensure all logistical and technical needs are met.

Regarding Prohibitive Costs:
Please do not let financial constraints be the sole reason for not submitting a proposal. If expenses related to travel and/or lodging prohibit your or a speaker’s participation, please contact us at the email address below to see if we can assist.

Questions:
Please email Program Committee Co-Chairs Mallory Laurel and Emily Hermans at realplacesproposals@thc.texas.gov if you have questions or need assistance.

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* 1. Proposed Format:

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* 2. Session/Workshop Title: 
Keep the title short and catchy, but descriptive. (ie. “Can You Feel It? Creating Accessible Programming at Historic Sites”)
Limit 150 characters.

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* 3. Tell us about your session/workshop in one sentence.
We know—this is hard. But your ability to boil your topic down to one thoughtful sentence will demonstrate the kind of thematic focus we’re looking for.

Ex: “This session will explore the power of allowing ruins to be ruins, the unique stories they tell, as well as the challenges and rewards that exist within a variety of approaches to ensure ruins are safe for, and understandable by, visitors."

Complete the sentence: This session/workshop will: _________________________.
Limit 350 characters.

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* 4. Expanded Session/Workshop Content:
Help us understand the scope of your session/workshop by describing its major themes, challenges, unique lessons, and practical applications. What context can you provide to add urgency to this topic? Why is this an important topic to cover right now?

Make sure you clearly state what the session/workshop is about, what knowledge you expect attendees to gain, and how they will be able to apply that knowledge after attending. This will be used to generate the session/workshop description on our website and conference program. Do not include speaker names, as they will be listed elsewhere.
Limit 2000 characters.

Speaker Information:

Sessions should have 2-3 speakers, although in some cases a single speaker may be considered. Workshops may include up to 4 speakers.

It is expected that the proposed session/workshop will have been discussed and agreed to with all speakers listed before the application is submitted. Speakers will receive complimentary registration for the day they are scheduled to present. Additionally, speakers may select an option to register for the full conference at a significantly discounted rate or opt for a complementary room night.

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* 5. Your Contact Information (Speaker 1)
By submitting this proposal, you agree to be the primary point of contact from submission through the conference. You agree to coordinate session/workshop details, communicate with all session/workshop speakers, and communicate as needed with the THC on the status the presentation.

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* 6. Your Bio
For use on our website and conference program.
Limit 750 characters.

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* 7. Your Headshot

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* 8. Speaker 2 Contact Information

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* 9. Speaker 2 Bio
For use on our website and conference program.
Limit 750 characters.

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* 10. Speaker 2 Headshot

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* 11. Speaker 3 Contact Information (optional)

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* 12. Speaker 3 Bio (optional)
For use on our website and conference program.
Limit 750 characters.

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* 13. Speaker 3 Headshot (optional)

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* 14. Speaker 4 (optional, workshops only)

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* 15. Speaker 4 Bio (optional, workshops only)
For use on our website and conference program.
Limit 750 characters.

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* 16. Speaker 4 Headshot (optional, workshops only)

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* 17. Continuing Education Credits:

If you would like your session/workshop to be considered for CEU credit, please check the appropriate boxes below. If your proposal is selected, you will be required to provide additional information, including learning objectives, at a later date.

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* 18. Accessibility and Accommodations:
The Texas Historical Commission welcomes speakers and presenters with disabilities and will provide the necessary accommodations upon request.

If any of your speakers require special accommodations, interpretation, or translation services, or some other kind of assistance, please let us know.
Limit 500 characters.

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