PastForward 2023

PastForward 2023

Join us for the National Preservation Conference in Washington, DC, November 8-10, 2023.

  • Dynamic Sessions

    Connect with a diverse range of colleagues, share successes and challenges, and generate ideas for our movement and our communities.

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  • Explore Washington, D.C.

    Located in the Woodley Park neighborhood, the Omni Shoreham Hotel is perfectly situated for venturing into the historic neighborhoods of the nation's capital.

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  • Registration is Open

    Registration rates increase after October 16!

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PastForward 2023 will take place November 8-10, 2023, in Washington, DC. Celebrate the power of place and join fellow preservationists and preservation lovers at the nation’s premier conference for those who work to save, sustain, and interpret historic places.

Preserving Place, Empowering Community

The preservation movement and the PastForward conference are rooted in historic places. People save historic places to tell the full stories of their communities or the nation and to activate them in ways that benefit us all. While we each come from diverse backgrounds, use different strategies, and have various audiences, we share a common element—the power to enact positive change in our communities through preservation.

How are you preserving and activating the places that matter in your towns and cities? How does your work bring about positive change? How are you using preservation as a tool to empower community? Join us at PastForward 2023 and share your experiences and learn from others!

At PastForward 2023, attendees will be empowered with effective tools and inspiring perspectives. PastForward itself is a community, a powerful network of preservationists and allies that we strengthen when we gather, celebrate, and learn together.

Connecting with a broad, diverse range of colleagues from across the country, PastForward 2023 attendees will come together in our nation’s capital to engage with vibrant historic places, share successes and challenges, and generate ideas and solutions for the preservation movement and the various communities we serve. Learn more about our conference theme "Preserving Place, Empowering Community."


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National Preservation Awards

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed upon 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. The 2023 awards will be presented during PastForward.

Sponsor PastForward

As a sponsor of PastForward 2023, you’ll reach event attendees at the event, as well as through all channels where PastForward is promoted throughout the year. Learn more about the value of sponsoring PastForward (PDF).

For questions about PastForward partner opportunities, please reach out to Chehana Samarawickreme, Associate Director of Corporate Relations, at