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

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