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Preservation Conference in Wabash, April 25-28, 2017 @indianalandmark

February 26, 2017 1 comment
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Honeywell Center in Wabash, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Indiana Landmarks Foundation

Just months after attracting a half-million-dollar prize, Wabash’s revitalized downtown is preparing to host Indiana’s annual gathering of preservationists, giving history buffs and members of the general public a glimpse behind the scenes of the city’s ongoing revitalization.

Drawn to the city by the award-winning downtown renewal, the April 25-28, 2017 “Preserving Historic Places” state preservation conference will include tours and workshops that showcase historic downtown Wabash buildings—some restored and some in process—including the restored Charley Creek Inn and commercial buildings repurposed as loft apartments.

State and national experts will lead educational sessions during the four days, and conference meals will be served in interesting historic locations, including one dinner held on a covered bridge in the nearby town of Roann.

The public is invited to attend the conference. An early bird registration discount applies to registrations received by March 10, 2017.

Known as the first electrically lit city in the world, Wabash in 2016 won by popular vote the $500,000 top prize in the national Small Business Revolution contest, created to shine a spotlight on the vital impact that small businesses have on our economy, our communities and our daily lives.

A related documentary series featured Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank helping transform six businesses in Wabash. Watch the videos at http://smallbusinessrevolution.org/main-street/season-one/.

One of two conference keynote speakers is Cameron Potts of Deluxe Corp., which sponsored the Small Business Revolution to showcase 100 small businesses as part of its 100th anniversary celebration.

The second conference keynoter is engineer and city planner Charles Marohn, founder of Strong Towns, a nonprofit that advocates for a model of development that allows cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient. The author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns and A World Class Transportation System, Marohn hosts the popular Strong Towns podcast and is active on social media (see @StrongTowns on Twitter).

WHAT:
Preserving Historic Places conference

WHEN:
April 25-28, 2017

WHERE:
Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash, IN

COST:
$175 per person for all four day, with a discount for registration by March 10, 2017; $100 for students

REGISTER:
bit.ly/PHPWabash2017

WHO:
Preserving Historic Places conference is staged by Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA), Indiana Landmarks, and Indiana University with support from INGUARD and Wabash Marketplace.

Honeywell Center in Pollstar’s Top 200 List

February 2, 2015 Leave a comment
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Honeywell Center in Wabash, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Hayley Beauchamp
Honeywell Center

The Honeywell Center with its 1,500 seating capacity was recognized as an outstanding performing arts center according to a list generated from Pollstar, a trade publication that covers the concert industry. The Pollstar list ranked the top 200 international theatre venues, placing The Honeywell Center at the #110 position.  The ranking is based on total tickets sold for touring acts.

The rating is a first for the Honeywell Center. A total of seven performing arts centers from Indiana were recognized. Executive Director Tod Minnich was extremely pleased with the rating, “With 1,000 seats less than most of the other Indiana venues, I consider this a huge accomplishment for the Honeywell Center.”

The Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater features dozens of performances annually featuring a variety of genres such as Broadway, classical, comedy, rock, dance, and children’s programming to name a few. This wide variety fits well within its mission of providing “artistic, cultural, social and recreational opportunities for all.”

“We hope that this ranking reflects our efforts to provide a guest experience that our patrons appreciate. Amenities such as free parking, comfortable seating with unrestricted views, friendly staff as well as top-notch touring entertainment all contributed to this success. With a number of terrific shows already on the schedule for 2015, we hope more guests will travel to the Center to see a high-quality show this year!” commented Minnich.

The Honeywell Center is north central Indiana’s premier arts and entertainment facility with more than 3,000 events and 150,000 visitors annually. Concerts, conferences, charity galas, art exhibits, and educational outreach programs are among the diverse events at the Honeywell Center. All programs and activities are supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, the Indiana Arts Commission (a state agency) and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).

The Honeywell Center is located at 275 West Market Street in Wabash, Indiana. For more information, visit http://www.honeywellcenter.org/, or call 260-563-3272.

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