Help Protect Our Past

Special buildings and places can never be replaced, but they can be lost through apathy, neglect and shortsightedness.

The Preservation and Conservation Association was formed in 1981 to help preserve the built environment of Champaign County.  Since then, PACA has worked to educate the public and our elected officials about the importance of historic preservation.

PACA’s efforts have helped to save endangered buildings such as the Greek Revival Cottage, the Orpheum Theatre, the Nathan C. Ricker House, and the Harwood-Solon House.  PACA continually works to renovate buildings and to save others from demolition.

A Landmark Decision

You CAN make a difference.  The Preservation Association is a membership group made up of citizens from throughout Champaign County and east-central Illinois.  It is the only not-for-profit organization working to preserve our local architectural heritage.

Membership support of PACA makes it possible to promote preservation awareness and protect endangered buildings and sites.  Currently, PACA has a membership of about 350.  This includes individual, student, family and corporate members.

For the Future

Landmark preservation is not just about the past; it’s about the future.  It’s about protecting the special character of the places where we grow up, live, work, and raise families.  It’s about the places people notice when they visit and the places they remember when they return.  Preservation is not just about the character of our buildings; it’s about the character of our lives.

Member Benefits

  • A subscription to the bi-monthly PACA newsletter, Preservation Matters
  • Timely updates on preservation issues
  • Discounts on PACA tours
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • A 10% discount at the PACA Architectural Salvage Warehouse

On-Going PACA Programs

  • Annual Membership Meeting
  • Annual Heritage Awards
  • PACA Architectural Salvage Warehouse
  • House and Walking tours
  • Annual Kid’s Building Fair (co-sponsored with the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum)
  • Annual Heritage Grants
  • Historical & Technical Research Archive
  • Preservation & History classes
  • Rehabilitation Techniques and Safety classes

Become a Member Today

Join with others to preserve all of our favorite places.  Take a moment to become a member of the Preservation and Conservation Association.  You can join PACA in a number of membership categories. Download the form here (pdf). PACA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, therefore your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.  We will provide documentation of your membership and/or additional contribution.  If you wish to discuss a membership, please call us at 217-359-7222

Your membership check should be sent via U.S. postal service to:

P.O. Box 2575
Champaign, IL  61825

Credit card payment is also available through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Thank you so much for your generosity and support of our efforts! By supporting the Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County, you are helping us protect and promote our county’s precious resources.  We count on you and people like you to ensure that we can keep promoting the past for future generations!