PastForward Online 2021: Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops

These skill building workshops are a series developed for the PastForward Online 2021 conference. The series is free and open to all and complements content in the conference program. Participation in the pre- and post-conference webinars does NOT require conference registration but does require registration for each webinar.

The workshops below have been approved for 2 American Institute of Architects Learning Units (note that Understanding Climate Change approval is pending—approval notification will be updated when received from AIA). You can find out more about CEUs offered at PastForward, including for these workshops, on the FAQ section.

Pre-conference Workshops

All times listed below are Eastern time and subject to change.

September 14, 2021

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Just Do It! Grassroots Advocacy for Preservation

Grassroots advocacy is changing the face of American politics and the direction of policy. Learn how stories, documentation, and outreach can be turned into action plans for preservation. Hear grassroots leaders share how they used unconventional tools and government funding to protect valuable community resources. Be inspired by their experiences to jump into action to advocate for your community.

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Speakers: Everett Fly, Everett Fly Associates; Briana Grosicki, Preservation Action; Ean Tafoya, Trustee, Historic Denver; Renee Kuhlman, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Maya Thomas, Dox Thrash House, Philadelphia, PA

September 21, 2021

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Understanding Climate Change

Are you eager to tackle climate issues but not sure where to start? This workshop provides clarity of definitions and terminology, describes climate concepts and outlines various strategies to address the impacts of climate on heritage. National organizations and subject matter experts will provide attendees a basic understanding of the role of cultural resources in climate change mitigation and adaptation and specific resources and guidelines to begin climate work.

Developed in partnership with the National Park Service.

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Speakers: Jim Lindberg, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Lindsey Wallace, National Main Street Center; Carl Elefante, Principal Emeritus, Quinn Evans and Senior Fellow, Architecture 2030; Brian Goeken, National Park Service; Jenny Parker, National Park Service; Erin Minnigan, Preservation Society of Charleston; Jennifer Wellock, National Park Service

Track: Adapting to a Changing Climate

September 28, 2021

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

An Introduction to Preservation Law + Easements

Join members of the National Trust’s Law Division for an introduction to the legal mechanisms used to protect historic resources, including constitutional issues related to governmental regulation of historic properties, preservation easements, as well as federal, state, and local historic preservation laws. This session will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate for and champion key preservation issues.

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Speakers: Ross Bradford, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Tom Mayes, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Betsy Merritt, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Anne Nelson, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Raina Regan, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Christopher Cody, National Trust for Historic Preservation

October 21

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

PastForward Federal Advocacy Agenda

Join preservation partners and the National Trust’s government relations staff for a presentation on policy issues facing the preservation community. Hear about the best ways you can support top legislative priorities like FY2022 appropriations, the Historic Preservation Fund, Historic Tax Credit advocacy, and key legislation focused on preserving historic places around the country. This webinar will serve as a prelude to the Virtual Advocacy component of the National Trust’s PastForward Online 2021 conference, but the session is free and open to all interested in federal advocacy.

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Post-conference Workshops

November 9, 2021

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Replacement Windows for Historic Buildings: Managing Compromise When Perfection Is Out of Reach

Saving and repairing an historic window is the obvious starting point to preserving the character and integrity of an historic building, but it may not always be reasonable, and increasingly often the historic windows are long gone. This workshop will look at how to approach replacement when it is needed. Careful observation of a window in all of its parts is key to managing the compromise that is inevitable when using modern manufactured products. This session will consider different levels of replacement and the effect of the materials used. By focusing on how we see a window we can determine what aspects are most critical for conveying an appropriate historic character and choose the best replacement for each unique application. Developed in partnership with the National Park Service

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Speakers: John Sandor, National Park Service

November 16, 2021

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Amending National Register Nominations

National Register nominations are not set in stone; they can be amended to add new criteria and new areas of significance. Learn how to amend existing National Register nominations to address untold stories and underrepresented communities from colleagues at the National Park Service and multiple State Historic Preservation Offices. Discover what information is needed and hear several examples of successful amendments. Developed in partnership with the National Park Service.

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Speakers: Jim Gabbert, National Park Service; Lena McDonald, Virginia State Historic Preservation Office; Greg Smith, Texas State Historic Preservation Office

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

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