PastForward 2019

Join us at the National Preservation Conference | October 10-12, Denver, Colorado

  • What is PastForward?

    PastForward brings together a community of professionals and volunteers passionate about saving places, creating an unmatched opportunity to network, learn, and be inspired.

  • New This Year

    Preservation building block sessions will provide an opportunity to empower your colleagues, board members, and volunteers and expand your preservation impact.

  • Registration

    Early-bird registration extended through September 13!

    Register Today!

Combining both the practical and the aspirational, PastForward is the place to ask questions, share ideas, and push the envelope toward a wider and more effective preservation practice. Each year we not only build on conversations from previous conferences but also initiate new discussions about timely and relevant topics. So, whether this is your first conference or fifth, there’s something for everyone!

In 2019, you’ll find educational tracks on saving urban neighborhoods, adopting next-generation small community preservation strategies, and preserving women’s history. You’ll also learn about mitigating threats to public lands, develop strategies for tackling the effects of climate change, and hear about the role of intangible and cultural heritage shaping our stories and communities. And you can network at Denver’s famous Red Rocks Ampitheatre at the conference’s closing event.

Free conference registration is available for up to 75 students currently enrolled in historic preservation academic programs.

PastForward 2019: Program

Explore the keynotes, field sessions, educational sessions, and special events offered this year.

PastForward 2019: Plan Your Trip

From registration to hotels and transportation, everything you need to plan your conference experience.

New This Year

We are bringing back preservation building block sessions to PastForward 2019. These grounded sessions will provide the practical knowledge you need to put big new ideas into practice. We’ll explore:

  • New trends in membership and innovative approaches to building your base;
  • Fundraising strategies;
  • Methods for building organizational resilience; and
  • Career options and management for emerging professionals.

We are excited to offer two events during PastForward to the Denver community, free of charge: the opening session on Thursday and the closing event at Red Rocks Park & Ampitheatre on Saturday. RSVP online for these free events.

Who Attends

More than 1,000 preservationists, architects, planners, developers, environmentalists, students, and scholars will come together at PastForward to ask questions, challenge assumptions, debate solutions, and learn new skills and new approaches.

Attendees come from all 50 states, as well as many who come from other countries (last year 12 countries and 5 US territories were represented). In addition, our TrustLive programming attracts nearly 4,000 virtual attendees from across the United States and around the world.

  • PastForward connects individuals working to save historic places from a variety of fields, including advocacy, architecture, planning, community revitalization, development, history, and the arts.
  • PastForward makes space for peer-to-peer conversations during breakout sessions, networking events, and social gatherings.
  • PastForward offers a chance to hear from people outside the field who bring unique perspectives to the work of preservation.
  • PastForward shares innovative approaches and best practices from across the country and around the world.
  • PastForward provides the practical tools needed to put big ideas into practice.
  • PastForward offers continuing education credits for architects and planners.
  • PastForward challenges attendees to evolve preservation to meet 21st-century challenges.

National Preservation Awards

The National Preservation Awards, including the the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards, the American Express Aspire Award, and the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award, presented annually at the PastForward Conference, are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. Learn more about the the full slate of awards and current deadlines on Preservation Leadership Forum.

Join us October 10-12, 2019, in Denver, Colorado, to network, learn, and be inspired at the national preservation conference. Early-bird registration extended through September 13!