PastForward National Preservation Conference

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Save the date for PastForward 2024 in New Orleans, October 28-30 at the Sheraton New Orleans, Louisiana. Next year’s PastForward conference will focus on advances in historic practice that have resulted, and are resulting, from thoughtful, strategic actions taken by preservation leaders in response to the needs of their communities. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Call for Ideas
Due January 12, 2024

The National Trust is looking for your proposals for the PastForward 2024 conference. The conference provides a way to spotlight new partnerships, technology and methods that are getting results in preservation. PastForward 2024 will offer a variety of formats to highlight the cutting-edge content presented by dynamic speakers. Submit your proposal by January 12, 2024.

National Preservation Awards
Due January 12, 2024

Honor an incredible person, project, organization, or historic site open to the public that has transformed your community through historic preservation by nominating them for a National Preservation Award. Submit your nomination by January 12, 2024.

Sponsor PastForward

Learn more about partner opportunities at PastForward and beyond by reaching out to Chehana Samarawickreme, Associate Director of Corporate Relations, at

PastForward Online in April

With climate change's impacts ever more apparent in our lives, it is imperative to better understand the role preservation plays in decarbonizing the built environment and helping historic places and communities better withstand climate change. Join the National Trust in the beginning of April for an online symposium featuring expert speakers on how preservation can help us mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Sign up to receive updates on the conference and we’ll let you know when more details are confirmed.

Code of Conduct

The National Trust wants to ensure that PastForward is a fulfilling experience for all. Accordingly, all PastForward attendees are expected to follow the Code of Conduct, which applies at all PastForward in-person and virtual events, sessions, discussion groups, and related online forums. We expect cooperation from all attendees, staff, speakers, and other participants to help ensure a welcoming, inclusive, and respectful environment for all.

Join us in protecting and restoring places where significant African American history happened.

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