SAH 2018 Annual Conference

Society of Architectural Historians
71st Annual International Conference

April 18–22, 2018 | Saint Paul, Minnesota

The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 71st Annual International Conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota, April 18–22, 2018. Architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, and preservationists from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment and explore the architecture of the Twin Cities. The conference will include 48 paper sessions, roundtables and panels, architecture tours, workshops, networking receptions, special events, and more.

Additional conference events include:

  • Conference Tours (Wednesday–Sunday)
  • Pre-Conference Workshop (Wednesday)
  • SAH Awards Reception (Friday)
  • SAH Saint Paul Seminar (Saturday)
  • SAH Closing Night Event (Saturday)

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A Pre-Conference free program is open to the public on Tuesday, and MNSAH has organized a Modern Masters program on Wednesday.


Preserving the Present
The Voorsanger Architects Archive
at the University of St. Thomas

Tuesday, April 17 (Pre-Conference Program)
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
University of St. Thomas, OEC Auditorium
2115 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN
Free; no registration required.

Bartholomew Voorsanger, Dell Upton, and Victoria Young will discuss the work of Voorsanger Architects and the process of creating an archive at the University of St. Thomas to preserve the firm’s architectural legacy. The conversation will be followed by a reception to view the accompanying exhibition, curated by Victoria Young.


Strategies for Video and Oral Histories
“Modern Masters” and the Minnesota State Capitol

Wednesday, April 18
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, MN
Tickets: $40
Organized by the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Tangible forms of evidence—buildings, landscapes, images, and documents—are integral to architectural and landscape history, but what of the memories of those who have shaped these environments and the experiences of those who have engaged and reshaped them? Oral and video histories have the potential to broaden the range of voices involved in the production of historical knowledge. This workshop presents methods for producing oral and video histories that you can adapt to your own projects. Specialists in videography and the use of smartphones for photography and recording will present various tools and techniques, and an oral historian will discuss best practices and ethical issues. To illustrate these methods, the workshop will feature clips from the “Modern Masters” video oral history series, which documents “the architects, landscape architects, designers, historians, educators, critics, clients, and patrons who have made significant contributions to modernism in Minnesota.” To demonstrate these methods, the workshop will conclude with the production of short video interviews with people involved in the recent (and controversial) restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol.


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