• Special Programming: Featured Events in November

    September 22, 2022

    PastForward Online 2022 is approaching! On-demand sessions and workshops will start in early October, while marquee events featuring well-known speakers or incorporating a live interactive component to the session will take place November 1-4. During the conference week in November, special events include:

    • Congressional Visits (Daily) - Work with members of the National Trust Government Relations department to help educate Members of Congress on preservation priorities.
    • Networking (Daily) - Join preservation partners and allies for structured interaction and networking on topics facing the field today.
    • National Preservation Awards Ceremony Hosted by Bob Vila (Friday, November 4) - Prepare to be inspired by extraordinary preservation stories and the individuals who made them happen! Leave the event energized to tackle preservation projects in your own community.

    Learn more about all the November 1-4 scheduled sessions, and the on-demand sessions available in October.

  • PastForward Keynote Speakers

    September 21, 2022

    Get to know your 2022 PastForward keynote speakers! These dynamic and inspiring speakers will be discussing the conference themes: Historic Preservation is Climate Action, Encouraging Inclusion and Diversity Through Preservation, and Understanding Preservation’s Role in Real Estate Development.

    The following confirmed participants will be presenting during November 1-4 scheduled virtual programming, while more than 30 on-demand sessions will be available in early October for viewing at your personal convenience.

    Tuesday, November 1

    • Opening Plenary
      • Daniella Levine Cava, mayor, Miami Dade County
    • Envisioning a Better Future with American Institute of Architects
      • William J. Bates, FAIA, NOMA, former American Institute of Architect president, National Trust for Historic Preservation board member
      • Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, chief executive officer, American Institute of Architects

    Wednesday, November 2

    • Latinos in Heritage Conservation
      • Sehila Mota Casper, executive director, Latinos in Heritage Conservation
    • A Conversation About Saving Chinatowns and Cultural Preservation
      • Di Gao, Senior Director of Research & Development, National Trust for Historic Preservation
      • Grace Young, award-winning cookbook author, culinary historian, and Chinatown activist

    Thursday, November 3

    • A Presidential Conversation: Preserving the Legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
      • Logan Hampton, president, Lane College
      • Robert G. Stanton, former director, National Park Service
      • Cynthia Warrick, president, Stillman College
      • David K. Wilson, president, Morgan State University
      Stay tuned for more details about PastForward Online 2022—sign up for updates
  • Theme Focus: Understanding Preservation’s Role in Real Estate Development

    September 14, 2022

    These sessions at PastForward will explore the role of preservation in real estate development. During these sessions, you'll:

    • Examine creative reuse and rehabilitation design solutions.
    • Discuss ways to modernize today’s preservation tools.
    • Share how preserving historic places can create more equitable communities and new affordable housing.
    • Build strategic partnerships among preservation, local government, and real estate development interests.
    • Learn creative solutions for accessing private and public financing and walk away with a better understanding of equity investment tools.

    Below are the sessions that fall under this theme. Remember, on-demand sessions will be available in October, while scheduled sessions are offered virtually November 1-4. So register today!

    • American Chinatowns: Transformative Approaches to Cultural Preservation
    • An Overview of Codes Relating to Historic Buildings
    • Big Impact for Small Towns: Investment Strategies for Rural Projects
    • Creative Reuses for "White Elephant" Buildings: The Adaptive Reuse of Difficult and Challenging Historic Buildings in the Tax Credit Program
    • JEDI Powers and Heritage Projects
    • Preservation Solutions for Affordable Housing
    • So You Have A Historic Building, Now What? End Uses for Preservation Projects
    • So You Have a Historic Building, Now What? Determining Costs for Real Estate Development
    • The Journey of Preservation: Exploring the Process of Historic Building Development from Conception to Operation
    • Tour Award-winning Projects in Memphis, TN

    Stay tuned for more updates, including details on the conference webinars!

  • Theme Focus: Encouraging Inclusion and Diversity Through Preservation

    September 7, 2022

    These sessions at PastForward will explore how we can encourage inclusion and diversity through historic preservation. During these sessions, you'll:

    • Be inspired by the stories of historic places in Miami and across the country that are telling our full history and learn how to grow public participation in the preservation field so that it more fully represents our communities, culture, and heritage.
    • Hear how to encourage more diversity in every aspect of the preservation field: tradespeople, developers, planners, historic site leadership, nonprofit staff, boards of directors, university faculty, and more.
    • Discuss how lowering barriers to participation, such as simplifying preservation processes, helps increase the diversity of people who are empowered to lead, the sites we preserve, and the stories we tell.

    Below are the sessions that fall under this theme. Remember, on-demand sessions will be available in October, while scheduled sessions are offered virtually November 1-4. So register today!

    • Building Diversity Into the National Register
    • Connecting African American History in the Chesapeake
    • Diversity and Inclusion in Florida Historic Preservation
    • Do We Need Another Standard?
    • Empowering Communities to Preserve Underground Railroad History
    • Innovations in Preservation: Latino/a/x Heritage
    • Make it useful: August Wilson House's ongoing, authentic, and inventive community engagement
    • Monument Removal and Restorative Justice
    • Partnering to Preserve Intangible History
    • Pursuing an Asian American Landmark at California's Sierra Summit
    • R.I.S.E: Collaboration and Learning with International Trust Sites of Enslavement
    • See you at Lilli’s: A Focus on LGBTQ+ Cultural Heritage Documentation
    • Support Telling the Full American Story Through Efforts to Reauthorize the Historic Preservation Fund
    • Supporting Descendants Who are Saving Their Historic Places
    • The Power of Place: Traditional Cultural Places in the 21st Century
    • Updating the National Register Process: Moving to Action Virtual Field Study: Preserving the Dream of Opa-locka

    Stay tuned for more updates, including details on the conference webinars!

  • Advocacy Needed! Carry the Historic Preservation Message to Capitol Hill

    August 31, 2022

    As part of this year’s online conference experience, the Government Relations department is again organizing federal advocacy opportunities with your members of Congress. Please join the Government Relations team in meetings with Members of Congress and their staff to educate and describe historic preservation priorities.

    Take advantage of this opportunity to describe your work in preservation to federal policy makers in a virtual format. To join the effort, register for the "federal advocacy opportunity” during your PastForward registration process. A volunteer Advocacy Captain will contact you with state-specific details.

    This year’s conference also marks the 30th anniversary of the Diversity Scholarship Program, which has provided over 2,500 scholarships to conference participants from historically underrepresented groups. Underrepresented communities include People of Color (including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, Latinx, Black Americans, and others), women, immigrants, LGBTQIA, persons with disabilities, and economically distressed communities. Scholars receive complimentary registration for PastForward Online 2022. To celebrate the program’s anniversary, the National Trust is also offering opportunities to participate in bi-monthly convenings, which will be held through September 2023. These convenings will provide practical guidance and facilitate networking opportunities. Apply by September 2!

    Remember to register for PastForward by September 26 for the best rates! This year’s virtual conference will offer a variety of new formats that complement the cutting-edge content presented by dynamic speakers starting in October with on-demand sessions.

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