• Continuing Education Units at PastForward

    October 14, 2021

    Are Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Certification Maintenance (CM) credits important for your professional development? Including the important Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) credits.

    Now is your chance to experience PastForward, the nation’s premier conference for those who work to save, sustain, and interpret historic places... and earn the educational credit!

  • Keynote Speakers

    October 6, 2021

    This year's keynote speakers are sure to inspire and challenge attendees to Lead the Change.

    Opening Plenary and Membership Meeting

    PastForward Online 2021 will kick off on Wednesday, November 3 with an inspiring session featuring U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. Not only is she a national change-maker, but Secretary Deb Haaland made history when she became the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary.

    A Conversation About Landscapes and Preservation

    Join a dynamic conversation on Thursday, November 4 about the importance of preserving Black landscapes that make visible African American struggle and achievement.

    • Walter Hood, landscape designer, MacArthur Fellow, and public artist
    • Brent Leggs, executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

    Storytelling: Preservation at Its Best

    The conference will wrap up on Friday, November 5 by exploring how engaging people through storytelling is a key component of every preservationist’s toolkit whether building trust with community members, convincing an elected official, engaging allies, or interpreting a historic place or sacred artifact.

    • Cassie Chinn, interim executive director, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
    • Jamie Ford, author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" and board member, Wing Luke Museum
  • Join us at PastForward to Participate in Federal Advocacy

    September 29, 2021

    At this year’s PastForward Online 2021 conference, attendees have the opportunity to sign up for virtual Congressional advocacy sessions. Preservation voices need to be heard on Capitol Hill! The National Trust is helping organize state delegations to advocate for historic preservation priorities. When registering for the conference, you will have the option to indicate your interest in being contacted by an Advocacy Captain.

    To prepare for these advocacy sessions, the Government Relations department is hosting a webinar on October 21 to discuss policy issues facing the preservation community and ways to support top legislative priorities. The session is free and open to all interested in federal advocacy.

  • Top Three Reasons to Attend PastForward Online

    September 28, 2021

    1. Keynote Speakers: We are excited to announce the following speakers:
      • Deb Haaland, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
      • Walter Hood, creative director and founder, Hood Design Studio
      • Brent Leggs, executive director, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
      • Cassie Chin, interim executive director, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
      • Jamie Ford, author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"
    2. Content Focus: This year we'll be focusing on three main topics that are vital to everyone doing the important work in their communities:
      • Promoting equity and justice through historic preservation
      • Sharpening essential practices of reservation
      • Adapting to a changing climate
    3. Advocacy: Even though we’re virtual, there will be opportunities to "visit" with Congress to advocate for the key issues in your state.

    And ONE more reason ... registration rates start at $85 (in person conferences cost more than twice that!)

    This is your chance to experience a PastForward conference!

  • Adapting to a Changing Climate

    September 22, 2021

    The complexity and global scope of climate change can overwhelm our sense of agency. Yet preservation has an important role to play in both mitigating the impacts of climate change and adapting to its effects. This subtheme will highlight innovative approaches and provide practical guidance to help preservationists move from climate concern to climate action.

    Highlights include:

    • Preservation as Climate Action: Join a diverse panel of specialists working in preservation to hear real world applications of how our work can be more explicitly "green."
    • Solar Energy Approaches to Historic Properties: Learn how to help historic buildings survive in a time when fossil fuels are no longer in use.
    • Aligning Preservation with the Climate Crisis: Four practitioners will share their work in this arena and discuss next steps for our field, including research uncovering tensions between historic building protections and energy performance codes.
    • Communicating Climate Change and the Value of Place: Learn specific best practices promoted by FEMA and other state and local agencies for risk communications, promoting behavioral change, and available tools and resources.

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Join us for PastForward Online 2021, the historic preservation event of the year, November 2-5, 2021.

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