PastForward 2020: National Preservation Conference

PastForward Online: Oct. 28-30, 2020

By offering a virtual event this year, we aim to make this year’s conference as accessible for as many people as possible and representative of the breadth and depth of great work going on across the preservation field. We are also building content and inviting expert speakers to ensure we’re providing you with practical, relevant information to meet your evolving needs in the pandemic and post-pandemic periods. Our priority is on making this the same high-quality event you are used to, while making sure the experience is as efficient and fun (yes fun!) as possible.

This year’s conference themes are “Resilience and Relevance.” These themes give us a way to discuss both the challenges we face and also how we have pivoted to meet these challenges head-on as a movement. Together, we will discuss the many issues in our field that have arisen from—or have been illuminated by—the current crisis. Together, we will think through the ways our work has changed, and how our organizations, and even ourselves, have changed as a result.

Registration Rates

Registration will go live mid-August. Sign up for updates on registration, agenda, and information on scholarships.

Early Bird (Until Oct 7) Regular
Individual Forum Membership $75 $95
Organizational Forum Membership* $150 $150
Non-Forum Member $110 $135
Student $25 $35

*Organizational members can register up to 10 attendees with the same email suffix address at no additional cost. Learn more about Preservation Leadership Forum Membership.

National Preservation Awards

A key event at PastForward online will be the presentation of the National Preservation Awards. Stay tuned for more information on the online presentation of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards, the American Express Aspire Award, and the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award. These awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. Learn more about the full slate of awards.

Past Conferences

View select conference programming on the National Trust's YouTube channel playlists.

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