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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:00 am

Linda Mayro, director of Pima County’s Cultural Resources & Historic Preservation Office, will lead the first of two presentations about the successes of Pima County’s voter-approved historic preservation and open space bond programs at the 9th Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference in Tucson.

The conference is June 22-24 at the University Park Marriott Hotel, 880 E. 2nd St. in Tucson.

Mayro will give an overview of Pima County’s voter-supported historic preservation and open space bond programs, which have funded more than $150 million in purchases and protection of more than 70 properties for preservation and conservation.

They include archaeological and historic sites, ranchlands and historic structures, and more than 125,000 acres of grazing leases. The bond money was used to buy rural ranches, to purchase easements on privately owned historic properties, and to rehabilitate publicly owned historic properties such as Colossal Cave, Fort Lowell, and Canoa Ranch.

Mayro and others will explain how these bond funds, approved by voters in 1997 and in 2004, also have enabled the county to acquire properties with significant archaeological and historic significance, such as Los Morteros, the site of a Hohokam settlement along the Santa Cruz River. The site, at Silverbell Road and Linda Vista Boulevard, dates from 850 to 1300 A.D.

These two talks are set from 3 to 4:40 p.m. on Friday, June 24.

The conference is open to anyone interested in historic preservation and conservation.

Speakers from around the state include architects and archaeologists, historic preservation planners and others.

Among them is Bob Vint, a Tucson architect whose firm worked on the restoration of San Xavier Mission. He will talk about the art and architecture of the mission and the iconography of San Xavier. His talk, Folk Baroque, the Art & Architecture of San Xavier Mission, is set for 3 to 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, June 23.

For the complete agenda, go to www.azpreservation.com.

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