Preservation Snapshots Lectures

Preservation Snapshots is one of Landmarks Illinois’ longest running educational programs. Since 2001, the series has provided 175 lectures on diverse preservation-related topics to our members and the public. Guest speakers have included architects, historians, preservation professionals, planners, authors and architectural historians. Landmarks Illinois has partnered with venues such as Chicago Cultural Center, The Auditorium Theatre and AIA Chicago to bring over 8,000 attendees the opportunity to learn about Illinois’ remarkable past and the community benefits of historic preservation and adaptive reuse, and to be inspired to take action in their own communities.

Guiding Preservation Forward

Join us at our next Preservation Snapshots Lecture for an interactive discussion on the Landmarks Illinois Guiding Principles — our organization’s newly created philosophy on preservation. The Guiding Principles were developed over a multi-year effort of the Landmarks Illinois 50th Anniversary Task Force — a diverse group of 34 people who met monthly since 2019 to discuss preservation practices and how to create a preservation organization that is equitable, inclusive, diverse and accessible. As Landmarks Illinois celebrates 50 years as a preservation organization, we see an opportunity not just to reflect on our past, but look forward and help shape the future of preservation for decades to come.

Landmarks Illinois President & CEO Bonnie McDonald will lead the lecture, informing guests how the organization plans to put our Guiding Principles into practice and what they mean for preservation statewide. Guests who attend the lecture will have the opportunity to ask questions.

(Pictured: Landmarks Illinois staff and members of the Skyline Council and Pastor Dele Asogbon at the former Rogers Park Woman’s Club, now home to RCCG New Hope Assembly.)


Thursday, September 30, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.


Reservation required. $5 Members/$7 Public


Via Zoom


Bonnie McDonald aspires to shape preservation into a more relevant and just practice. As President and CEO of Landmarks Illinois, Bonnie advances the vision, mission and programs of Illinois’ only statewide preservation nonprofit organization.


Check out Bonnie talking about Landmarks Illinois’ Guiding Principles on Preservation Maryland’s PreserveCast Podcast. Listen here.

Past Lectures

Investing in Historic Places

Recorded July 7, 2021. Four of our COVID-19 Organization Relief grant recipients share how their organizations managed during the pandemic.


Altgeld Gardens: Preservation & Environmental Justice

Recorded June 10, 2021. Cheryl Johnson, Executive Director, People for Community Recovery, and John Cramer, Director, MacRostie Historic Advisors, talk about the history, design and development of Altgeld Gardens on Chicago’s South Side.



Recorded May 19, 2021. Yaphett El-Amin, President of Efficacy Consulting and Development, and Kirk Albinson, Senior Project Manager with The Community Builders, talk about the importance of the River Edge Redevelopment Zone (RERZ) Historic Tax Credit in Illinois.


Preserving Cultural Heritage in San Antonio

In this lecture, held virtually November 10, 2020, Sarah Zenaida Gould, Ph.D., Interim Executive Director of the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute, and Shanon Shea Miller, AICP, Director and Historic Preservation Officer of the Office of Historic Preservation for the City of San Antonio, share their experience of preserving cultural heritage in San Antonio.



Landmarks Illinois Director of Advocacy Lisa DiChiera and Landmarks Illinois Skyline Council Member Erica Ruggiero of McGuire Igleski & Associates led this September 22, 2020, lecture about the a new Landmarks Illinois initiative to build a database of women architects, engineers, developers, designers and builders in Illinois between 1879 and 1979 and their built projects throughout the state. Watch the lecture below.


Lessons for Chicago: Recent Findings on the Impacts of Historic Preservation

Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics led a Preservation Snapshots Lecture September 16, 2019. See the presentation below. 


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