PastForward Online 2020: FAQs

What technology will I need to access the online conference?

PastForward Online 2020 will take place online using various online platforms, including Zoom for live streaming conference sessions. We expect the program to be accessible on a wide variety of laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. We’ll be sure to communicate information to you on troubleshooting and technical issues, and we’ll have staff available to you to help you as needed. We’ll also offer a training session to help those who are less comfortable using technology to become more comfortable with it, so that everyone can get the most out of the conference.

Can I get continuing education credits (CEUs) for conference sessions?

We’re in the process of applying for AIA and APA CEUs for certain sessions. We’ll post more details here when we have them. Or we can email you details if you sign up for our PastForward email list.

Does the National Trust offer any scholarships to defray the cost of registration?

The Diversity Scholarship Program supports the attendance of those from underrepresented communities new to preservation and of emerging preservation professionals. Those awarded diversity scholarships attend the conference for free. Learn more and apply here. In addition, we offer students a discounted rate of $25 (by October 7), $35 (from October 8-26), and $45 (from October 27-30).

Are there any events free and open to the public? And how do I attend them?

Yes! There are several events open to the public (these are listed on the registration page). It is important that you still REGISTER for the conference to attend these events, so that you receive virtual viewing links to the email that you use during registration. During the registration process, there’s an option under “Please Select a Type” where you can indicate the free sessions you are primarily interested in. You will NOT need to provide any payment option.

Will PastForward Online 2020 still include the National Preservation Awards?

Yes! Bob Vila of "This Old House" fame will host the presentation of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards, the American Express Aspire Award, and the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award on the evening of Thursday, October 29. These awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals from 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. The event is open to the public, and you won’t want to miss it.

What is the cancellation policy?

All registrations are final, and registration fees will not be refunded. If you’re unable to attend the conference live, nearly all sessions will be recorded and available for viewing for 12 months after the conference.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

The National Trust for Historic Preservation wants to ensure that PastForward Online 2020 is a fulfilling experience for all. Accordingly, all PastForward attendees are expected to follow the Code of Conduct, which applies at all PastForward virtual events, sessions, discussion groups, and related online forums.

I’d like to mail in a check instead of paying online by credit card. What’s the address?

Make the check payable to National Trust/PastForward Conference, and send it to:

National Trust/PastForward Conference
c/o Site Solutions Worldwide
PO Box 113
Clifton Park, New York 12065 United States

When and where will PastForward 2021 be held?

PastForward 2021 is scheduled to take place November 3 - 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C., at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Where can I find examples of sessions from past conferences to help me decide?

You can view select conference programming on the National Trust's YouTube channel playlists.

I have other questions. Who can help me?

For questions about registering for PastForward or an existing registration:

  • Email Address:
  • Phone: 866-792-5399
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern)

For questions about the event itself—including session details, special events, and content:

  • Email Address:
  • Phone: 202-588-6100

For questions about your Forum Membership, including confirming your membership number:

  • Email Address:
  • Phone: 202-588-6164

For questions about sponsoring PastForward Online 2020:

  • Contact: Colleen Danz
  • Email Address:
  • Phone: 202-588-6498

Announcing the 2020 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

See the List