APTWGLC and CHSA joint symposium in Chicago, 17 May 2019

blackstone-hotel-1909Couldn’t be happier about this–two great organizations joining forces to spend a day talking about old structures, how they were built, and how to make sure we keep them around.  Please consider submitting an abstract–the list of potential topics is wide open, and we’re always keen to hear from new voices and to discover new topics.

Call for Abstracts




Preservation of Industrial Archaeology and its Construction History


Friday, May 17, 2019

Program:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Reception: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Ballroom

112 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL


The Association of Preservation Technology, Western Great Lakes Chapter (APT WGLC) and the Construction History Society of America (CHSA) invite interested parties to submit abstracts for presentations to be considered for the joint 2019 Symposium on the theme:Preservation of Industrial Archaeology and its Construction History.  The program will offer a single track, intermingling the two disciplines of preservation technology and construction history with a scientific committee composed of members from APT WGLC and CHSA.

Abstracts focusing on subjects related to industrial construction during the 19th C. in the mid-west are encouraged such as:

–  Mill design and construction

– Fireproofing options for industrial buildings

– Lighting solutions prior to electricity

– Industrial power sources

– Railroad construction in the area

–  Iron & steel manufacturing innovations

– Evolution of industrial structural design

–  Canals, waterways and Great Lakes transportation

– Incorporating historic industrially zoned sites with modern approaches to urban planning

– Challenges of preserving industrial sites and buildings

– Interpreting historic equipment in a modern reuse of an industrial site

– Archaeology at an industrial site – how discoveries inform design

– Abatement of archaeological sites


Professional presentations (including five minutes for Q&A) should be 20 minutes, while Student presentations should be 10 minutes. See below for further submission clarifications.

Abstracts for Professional presentations should be no more than 4000 characters and should include:

  • Title of presentation
  • Author’s name & contact information (include title and/or credentials as preferred for publication)
  • 200 word or less biographical statement (for speaker introductions)

Abstracts for Student presentations should be no more than 4000 characters and should include:

  • Title of presentation/research study
  • Student Name, University & contact info (include title and/or credentials preferred for publication)
  • 200 word or less statement of future professional or research interest (for speaker introductions)

All abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair –https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aptwglcandchsa2019sy


Deadlines and notification dates will be:

  • Deadline to submit:January 7, 2019
  • Author NotificationJanuary 25, 2019
  • Speaker Registration DeadlineFebruary 8, 2019
  • Presentation submission:April 17, 2019
  • SymposiumMay 17, 2019


Presenters are not required to be members of APT WGLC or CHSA. Each accepted abstract will receive discounted conference registration for one Member-presenter. Discounted registration will be provided for a second Member presenter and Non-member presenters.

Accepted abstracts will be published on APT WGLC and CHSA websites. Submission of an abstract implies agreement that if accepted the abstract may be posted on said websites or other symposium marketing materials.

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Should you have questions regarding this call for abstracts, please email the APT WGLC board at aptwglc@gmail.com or CHSA at melaniefeerst@gmail.com



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