National Preservation Conference

PastForward, the National Preservation Conference, is the premier educational and networking event for those in the business of saving places. The next conference will be held November 13-16 in San Francisco at the Hyatt Regency. If you can’t make it to San Francisco for PastForward, join us virtually.

Visit to register today, and for complete conference details, including information on virtual attendance and special programming.

What's what at PastForward?

  • TrustLive: Marquee presentations including a talk by thought leaders and new voices followed by a TalkBack segment with additional topic experts contributing their ideas and experiences and engaging attendees.
  • Preservation Leadership Training Intensives: Day-long, skill-building trainings.
  • 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.

National Preservation Conference: PastForward 2018

Visit our conference website to register and for information about schedule, speakers and more!

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.

Videos from PastForward Conference 2017

Below are selection of videos from three TrustLive keynote talks at 2017's PastForward conference in Chicago. Full recordings of the videos are available on Preservation Leadership Forum.

TrustLive: Future City Summit

Bryan C. Lee, Jr., founder and director, Colloqate Design, is the keynote speaker for TrustLive: Future City Summit—exploring how preservation can help in securing more sustainable and just cities.

TrustLive: Health

Holly Morris, filmmaker, author & television host, is the keynote speaker for TrustLive: Health—looking at how we can better understand and advocate for the physical and psychological benefits of older and historic places.

TrustLive: Tech

This clip from TrustLive: Tech is part of the larger conversation about applying the next generation of technological applications to the work of saving places.

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