Be Inspired By PastForward 2023 Speakers

August 30, 2023

PastForward 2023

Celebrate the power to enact positive change in your communities through preservation at PastForward 2023, November 8-10 in Washington, D.C. Learn from national experts in redevelopment, storytelling, and engagement on how to activate historic places that matter in your community. Network at the nation’s premier conference with your peers working to save, sustain, and interpret historic places.

Just announced!

Learn more about this year’s conference speakers and their sessions including the following:

  • David Bowers, vice president and Mid-Atlantic market leader, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Sehila Mota Casper, executive director, Latinos in Heritage Conservation
  • Eric Cervini, Ph.D., award-winning author, producer, and historian of LGBTQ+ politics
  • Karen Cho, creator of feature documentary, Big Fight in Little Chinatown
  • Elizabeth + Ethan Finkelstein, founders of @CheapOldHouses, hosts of Who's Afraid of a Cheap Old House? on HGTV and authors of Cheap Old Houses: An Unconventional Guide to Loving and Restoring a Forgotten Home
  • Sherry Frear, chief, National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program
  • Jeffrey “Free” Harris, Ph.D., historian and historic preservation consultant and Rainbow Heritage Network Chair
  • Marjorie Hunt, education specialist and folklife curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
  • Sojin Kim, curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
  • Thibault Manekin, author and co-founder of Seawall
  • Megan Springate, editor of LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History
  • Jeffrey Yoo Warren, artist, community scientist, illustrator, and researcher from Providence, RI, and this year’s Library of Congress Innovator-in-Residence

And stay tuned as more get confirmed!

Register by September 22 for PastForward early bird savings.

Want to save more than $200? During conference registration sign up as "Non-Member becoming a Forum Member" to take advantage of the Forum member conference rate of $395.

Join us in Washington, D.C., to network, learn, and be inspired. Registration is open!

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