PastForward Online 2021

PastForward National Online 2021

Join us online for another virtual National Preservation Conference, November 2-5, 2021.

  • Join Us, Virtually!

    PastForward will be fully online again with low registration rates to make this year’s conference as accessible for as many people as possible.

  • Explore the Schedule

    Check out more than 32 sessions and events organized around three tracks.

  • Registration Today

    Rates go up on October 29!

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Celebrate the power of place, at PastForward. Join thousands of preservationists and preservation lovers at the nation’s premier conference for those who work to save, sustain, and interpret historic places.

With more than 32 thought-provoking educational sessions and engaging networking events, you’ll have the chance to connect with others on topics that matter to you. Advocates and architects, city planners and historic site directors, students and elected officials, commissioners and main street directors—if you have a role in preserving the places that made America and sustain its people, you’ll find a home at PastForward.

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National Preservation Awards

Join host Bob Vila and thousands of preservationists and preservation allies at the National Preservation Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 4 at 6:00 PM ET during PastForward Online 2021. This event will stream right here and on YouTube. No registration required!

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed upon 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.

Lead the Change

Historic preservationists are change-makers dedicated to strengthening communities, yet we are all grappling with significant, overlapping challenges, from pandemic shutdowns and economic shock to racial injustice and a changing climate. Today, the preservation movement’s work has never been more important and more vital. However, meaningful changes are needed in many aspects of our practices and policies, from how it is determined which historic places are preserved and interpreted, to how we can evolve our practices to ensure the full American story is being told.

The complexity and scale of these challenges require all preservationists to become even more innovative, nimble, and collaborative, bringing together our diverse perspectives and values to create positive change. We must embrace our own role in leading the change. Read more about the focus at this year’s conference.

National Impact Agenda

The National Impact Agenda will articulate our shared values and describe actions we can take—individually and collectively—to deepen the impacts of the work of historic preservation. The completed National Impact Agenda will be shared at PastForward Online 2021. This summer, we want to hear from you! What actions can organizations, institutions, governments, and people prioritize to achieve shared goals across the preservation movement over the next 3-5 years? Learn more and share your ideas.


Thank you to our 2021 sponsors who have made a commitment to supporting the conference, to ensure we can provide attendees the best experience possible.

  • Richard H. Driehaus Foundation — National Preservation Awards Sponsor
  • American Express — Aspire Award Sponsor
  • African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund — Promoting Equity and Justice Through Historic Preservation Track Sponsor
  • Indow — Community Engagement Project in Historic Anacostia Session Sponsor
  • Advisory Council for Historic Preservation – Merging Traditional Skills with Contemporary Tools Session Sponsor
  • Alexander Company - Financing Historic Preservation: The Historic Tax Credit Session Sponsor
  • Sandvick Architects - Using Building Codes to Save Buildings Session Sponsor
  • Benjamin Moore – Provider of In Kind Donations for Community Engagement Project in Historic Anacostia Session

Join us online November 2-5, 2021, to network, learn, and be inspired at PastForward Online 2021. Registration is open!

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