PastForward National Preservation Conference

Celebrate the power of place, at PastForward. Join thousands of preservationists and preservation lovers at the nation’s premier conference for those who work to save, sustain, and interpret historic places.

PastForward 2021 is scheduled to take place November 2-5, 2021.

From town hall meetings to happy hour events, you’ll have the chance to connect with others on topics that matter to you. Advocates and architects, city planners and historic site directors, students and elected officials, commissioners and main street directors—if you have a role in preserving the places that made America and sustain its people, you’ll find a home at PastForward.

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Lead the Change

Historic preservationists are change-makers dedicated to strengthening communities, yet we are all grappling with significant, overlapping challenges, from pandemic shutdowns and economic shock to racial injustice and a changing climate. Today, the preservation movement’s work has never been more important and more vital. However, meaningful changes are needed in many aspects of our practices and policies, from how it is determined which historic places are preserved and interpreted, to how we can evolve our practices to ensure the full American story is being told.

The complexity and scale of these challenges require all preservationists to become even more innovative, nimble, and collaborative, bringing together our diverse perspectives and values to create positive change. We must discover our own role in leading the change. Read more about the theme and subtheme focus at this year’s conference.

PastForward Online 2020

Thanks to everyone who joined us for PastForward Online 2020, the first virtual National Preservation Conference! If you missed a session, recorded sessions are now available to registrants via the virtual platform.

A selection of recordings is also available without registration on our YouTube channel.

Access Recordings

  1. First, access our virtual platform on your laptop or desktop.
  2. Log in using the same email address you used to register for the conference. If this is your first time accessing, you'll be asked to provide your email address and create a password.
  3. Select Session Recordings from the options on the left side of the screen.
  4. Navigate to the session recording you would like to watch and click "View Recording." Note that the recordings are organized by day and track.

Other Past Conferences

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

For questions about PastForward

This Preservation Month, take action to save, celebrate, and discover places that reflect the breadth of American history.

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