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