PastForward Code of Conduct

The National Trust for Historic Preservation wants to ensure that PastForward is a fulfilling experience for all. Accordingly, all PastForward attendees are expected to follow this 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.

Expected Behavior

PastForward is committed to providing a positive and welcoming experience for all participants, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, personal appearance, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, body size, sexual orientation, or any other distinguishing characteristic. Discrimination, harassment, aggression, or disrespectful behavior of any kind will not be tolerated during any PastForward event.

While participating in PastForward, all event participants, including attendees, presenters, sponsors, vendors, and staff will:

  • Recognize that this event is a place where diversity of thought, organization, and individuals is expected and encouraged, and as such, respect and inclusivity should be extended to all.
  • Remain positive, friendly, and welcoming to others.
  • Be respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences.
  • Be empathetic and offer any criticism in a constructive way.
  • Gracefully accept constructive criticism.
  • Do not engage in any discriminatory, harassing, aggressive, or exclusionary behavior or speech. If you see such behavior, report it to event staff immediately.

Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, insulting, derogatory, or demeaning conduct or speech; non-constructive, sustained disruption of programming; inappropriate sexual comments or advances; use of sexualized language or imagery; physical, written, verbal, or other abuse; trolling; harassing photography or recording; personal or political attacks; other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting; and failing to obey any rules or regulations of PastForward.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Anyone engaged in unacceptable behavior will be asked to stop the unacceptable behavior immediately and is subject to immediate exclusion from the event, at PastForward’s sole discretion, without refund.

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

If you feel you are the target of unacceptable behavior, or notice that someone else is being targeted, or have additional concerns, please contact the PastForward event staff immediately at or call 202-588-6100 and ask for the PastForward Director.

Note: Each participant is solely responsible for their own actions. This policy may be revised at any time, as needed, by the National Trust to support an inclusive and respectful experience at PastForward.

Thank you for making PastForward a positive, welcoming experience for all.

The Mother Road turns 100 years old in 2026—share your Route 66 story to celebrate the Centennial. Together, we’ll tell the full American story of Route 66!

Share Your Story