PastForward 2020: National Preservation Conference

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

The next conference will be held October 28-30, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida. (PastForward hotel rates start at $189+ tax. Online reservations will be open July 1.) Want to learn more about Miami? Check out our Miami guide and read Preservation magazine’s Off Miami’s Beaten Path.

Resilience and Relevance

At PastForward 2020, you’ll hear from leading experts who will share case studies on topics such as resiliency planning, equitable development, and funding for preservation. The conference will also spotlight new partnerships, technology, and methods that are getting results. And you’ll learn cutting-edge approaches to making historic preservation relevant to those in your community. Learn how to maximize existing preservation tools and policies and discuss with peers what new methods, tools, and policies are needed for the field.

  • Dynamic Keynotes: Thought leaders will kick off discussions on the main conference themes.
  • Field Studies: A first-hand look at local preservation projects, taking attendees into the community. They can be half- or full-day programs.
  • Learning Labs: In-depth educational sessions (75 minutes) featuring industry thought leaders.
  • Power Sessions: Quick, impactful overviews (30 minutes) of the pressing issues in preservation.
  • Preservation Leadership Training Intensives: Day-long, skill-building trainings.

Preliminary Schedule

We're still finalizing program details, but we wanted to share with you the PastForward Schedule At-A-Glance so you can learn a little bit more about this year's conference.

While we'll officially begin on Wednesday, October 28 at 9:00 a.m., there will be several Field Studies held the day before (and through the rest of the week). On Wednesday and Thursday evening there will be receptions to network and reconnect with your preservation pals. And we'll be officially closing PastForward 2020 with a lunch at noon on Friday, October 30.

Registration Rates for 2020

You've spoken and we've listened—this year's conference rates for Forum members have been decreased! Join Preservation Leadership Forum today.

Forum

Deadline

Price

Super Early Bird

Friday, July 31

$350.00

Early Bird

Friday, Sept 18

$450.00

Online

Monday, Oct 26

$550.00

Onsite

$700.00

Price

Guest

$195.00

One day

$400.00

Student

$95.00

Non-Forum

Deadline

Price

Super Early Bird

Friday, July 31

$700.00

Early Bird

Friday, Sept 18

$800.00

Online

Monday, Oct 26

$900.00

Onsite

$1,000.00

National Preservation Awards

The National Preservation Awards, including the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards, the American Express Aspire Award, and the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award, presented annually at PastForward, 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.

The National Trust’s Response to COVID-19: PastForward

Out of concern for the health and safety of our visitors and staff due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), many of the National Trust’s historic sites are temporarily closed or significantly curtailing hours and public events. National Trust staff across the country will work remotely to continue our vital work to save America’s historic places. Learn more.

While we know that many future events and conferences have been put on hold, we are continuing the process of putting together the program for PastForward in October, with registration going live in July. We will continue to monitor the situation and send you any updates. You can sign up for updates and email reminders here.

For communication with the PastForward team, we ask that you first reach out to us via email (conference@savingplaces.org) when possible. We will respond as quickly as possible to all your inquiries.

Past Conferences

View select conference programming on the National Trust's YouTube channel playlists.

Now more than ever, we look to our history for courage, comfort, and inspiration. We've assembled a collection of resources to help our community stay engaged with the places we love.

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