COLUMBUS, Indiana — A statewide conference focusing on preserving historic places has chosen Columbus to host this year’s event.

Indiana Landmarks, in partnership with Indiana University and the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, will present “Preserving Historic Places,” its 49th annual conference, April 17 to 20 with conference sessions at First Christian Church and other downtown locations.

About 200 people are expected to register for the event.

“We’ve never been to Columbus,” said Suzanne Stanis, director of Heritage Education for Indiana Landmarks. “Our planning committee was shocked that we had not. It’s been overlooked — but not intentionally.”

The committee that selects the site chose Columbus for its renowned and well-known examples of Modern architecture, and particularly because many of the city’s most revered buildings are turning 50 this year, Stanis said.

“And the city has wonderful examples of 19th and 20th century architecture as well,” she said.

The Columbus Visitors Center board agreed to a sponsorship for the conference, contributing $10,000 to bring the event to Columbus, said Karen Niverson, Visitors Center executive director.

Read more in Tuesday’s print edition of The Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.