PastForward Online 2022: Schedule

Access the Virtual Platform

PastForward Online 2022 will take place online using a virtual platform accessible via a web browser on laptop or desktop computer. This platform works well with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge browsers. Chrome is recommended for the best experience.

In additional to the November 1-4 program, conference registrants have access to on-demand sessions, as well as several pre-conference workshops. These sessions and workshops provide a mix of foundational and in-depth information for the scheduled program in November. Recordings will be available for three months after the conference ends. All recordings—scheduled sessions, on-demand sessions, and workshops—will be available using the virtual platform. Conference registration is required for participation.

All times listed below are Eastern time and subject to change. The virtual platform has the most up-to-date session information.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Congressional Visits

For those who added the optional “Federal Advocacy Opportunity” to their conference registration, your state advocacy captain will reach out to you with your state-specific call schedule for this week. Please direct any questions to policy@savingplaces.org

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Welcome, Opening Plenary, and Membership Meeting

First, join National Trust Chief Preservation Officer Katherine Malone-France for a preview of the day’s events! Hear tips on how to maximize your conference experience as well as many ways to engage with the National Trust on federal advocacy, national grants, and American’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Next, enjoy the Opening Plenary to hear dynamic speakers inspire your own preservation efforts as they share how they are turning their visions into reality. Hear Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, the first female mayor of Miami Dade County, describe her administration’s efforts to help the communities become more climate resilient, to create more affordable housing amid immense development, and support small business development. Paul Edmondson, National Trust President and CEO, will share an update on the organization’s efforts to build a more sustainable, inclusive, and equitable future as part of the broader national impact agenda, Leading the Change Together.

The convening will also serve as the National Trust’s annual membership meeting, led by Board Chair Jay Clemens, for the purpose of electing new members of our Board of Trustees (visit https://savingplaces.org/board-of-trustees to review this year’s slate of nominees).

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Miami Documentary on Climate & Housing Justice - Discussion with Filmmaker & Local Residents

Join a brief discussion with Miami-based filmmaker and community leaders featured in an upcoming film about “climate gentrification” in the African American neighborhood of Liberty City. At 10 feet above sea level, the historic Liberty Square housing project now sits on prime real estate, in a city already experiencing the profound effects of climate change through sea level rise. Hear participants share their perspectives on developments currently underway and the role of historic preservation in protecting vulnerable communities such as this one. Sponsored by Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, Office of Historic Preservation.

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Open Forum: Key Issues at the Local Level

Join this lively discussion about top local issues facing preservationists as identified at a listening session at the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Forum in July 2022. Developed in partnership with the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Envisioning a Better Future with American Institute of Architects CEO Lakisha Woods

Be inspired by a lively conversation between Lakisha Woods, the new CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and William J. Bates, FAIA, NOMA, current National Trust Board Member and 2019 AIA President as they explore the design and construction industry’s efforts to make practices more sustainable and equitable.

As the past President & CEO of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS0), Woods understands first-hand the imperative to develop solutions to a changing climate, to foster impactful and diverse leadership, and to train new people to work in historic trades. As the author of Never Get Their Coffee: Empowering Fearless Leadership, she shares lessons for preservation leaders seeking to implement their vision.  Learn from these two national leaders about the AIA’s strategic priorities and how it views the preservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings as “climate action.”

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

3 Sessions

Sacred Places Networking Session

Historic sacred places are integral parts of their communities. Their “bricks and mortar” need preserving, but so do their cultural and societal value. Join fellow preservationists and sacred place enthusiasts of all experience levels and backgrounds to discuss the role of sacred places in their communities and in the practice of historic preservation

Design & Construction at this Moment – a Networking Event

Join the National Trust and AIA for discussion amongst architects about current preservation design and construction issues .

Networking: Empowering APIA Communities

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Preservation Action Foundation's "Advocacy at the Forefront: Virtual Fundraiser and Auction"

Join the Preservation Action Foundation for “Advocacy at the Forefront: Virtual Fundraiser and Auction.” Register for the Silent Auction from October 25th to November 9th and tune-in for the FREE Virtual Event and Live Auction on November 1st from 7-8pm ET!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Congressional Visits

For those who added the optional “Federal Advocacy Opportunity” to their conference registration, your state advocacy captain will reach out to you with your state-specific call schedule for this week. Please direct any questions to policy@savingplaces.org

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Welcome and Latinos in Heritage Conservation: Re-Imagining the Historic Preservation Movement

Join National Trust chief preservation officer Katherine Malone-France for a preview of the day’s events! Hear tips on how to maximize your conference experience as well as many ways to engage with the National Trust on federal advocacy, national grants, and America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

After an introduction by Cornell Law professor Sara Bronin, hear Sehila Mota Casper, the first executive director of Latinos in Heritage Conservation (LHC), share how the organization is re-imagining a historic preservation movement that elevates Latinx heritage, people, and places. Join this plenary to celebrate the organization’s successes and how you can support the LHC's efforts to affirm Latinx heritage and promote Latinx leadership and engagement in historic preservation. Afterwards, Katherine Malone France will pose your questions to plenary speaker Sehila Mota Casper. Sponsored by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

The Ball and Chain: The Heart(beat) and Soul of Little Havana

The National Trust will explore the “world famous” Ball & Chain, the hippest, most lively bar on Little Havana’s famed Calle Ocho, through the lens of food, beverage (read signature cocktails) and the vision of owner Bill Fuller. With live music, dancers, a Pineapple Stage, great Cuban cuisine and drinks, the Ball and Chain truly is the heart and soul of Little Havana, a designated National Treasure! Sponsored by Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, Office of Historic Preservation.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Networking Topic and Response: Empowering Small Businesses

Join this session focusing on empowering small business threatened with gentrification. This format includes a short documentary film about this issue in Miami followed by a moderated audience and panel response.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Power of Place: Traditional Cultural Places in the 21st Century

This interactive session will address common misconceptions about Traditional Cultural Properties; compare old and new Traditional Cultural Properties Bulletin language; and invite discussion with National Register staff. Developed in partnership with the National Park Service. Sponsored by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

The National Register Program will be engaging with the preservation community on its efforts to revise and reissue the pioneering National Register Bulletin 38: Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties, better known as “the TCP Bulletin.” Last updated in 1998, the National Register is working with preservation partners, including Tribes, Native Hawaiian Organizations, and Alaska Native Corporations, to re-imagine the TCP Bulletin through simplified language, extensive examples of listed TCPs, and expanded discussions of the role of traditional knowledge and the need for confidentiality.

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM

A Conversation about Supporting Chinatowns and Cultural Preservation

Join a dynamic conversation with award-winning cookbook author, culinary historian, and Chinatown activist Grace Young and Di Gao, senior director of research and development at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, about taking action to support historic Chinatowns. American Chinatowns have served as bastions of community resilience and culture for nearly two centuries and continue to serve vital functions for older generations and new immigrants alike. Today, as the world returns to a post-pandemic reality, historic Chinatowns are still fighting for survival. This year, Grace received the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year award for her work to save Chinatowns amid Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By revealing the everyday stories and testimonies of legacy businesses, mom & pop shops, and residents of Chinatowns through the lens of preserving their ties to place and community, this work contributes vitally to empower and humanize all Americans and reaffirm that their history, identity, and places matter Protecting historic Chinatowns for future generations is vital to fostering understanding of America’s complex past and building a more inclusive future. Learn about how Grace became a fierce advocate and the unofficial voice for saving Chinatowns across the country and take away ideas for action for how you can support your local Chinatown.

Sponsored by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Congressional Visits

For those who added the optional “Federal Advocacy Opportunity” to their conference registration, your state advocacy captain will reach out to you with your state-specific call schedule for this week. Please direct any questions to policy@savingplaces.org

12:45 PM – 12:58 PM

Thursday Welcome

Join National Trust chief preservation officer Katherine Malone-France for a preview of the day’s events! Hear tips on how to maximize your conference experience as well as many ways to engage with the National Trust on federal advocacy, national grants, and America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

A Presidential Conversation: Preserving the Legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Moderated by former National Park Service Director, Robert G. Stanton, the presidents of Stillman College, Morgan State University and Lane College, will discuss the legacy of HBCUs, the importance of preserving their historic assets and campuses and how they are addressing the challenges impacting these important cultural landscapes. Sponsored by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

In 2020, the National Trust African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund launched the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative through a partnership with the National Endowment for Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and others. The Initiative is empowering HBCUs with the resources to protect, preserve and leverage their historic campuses, buildings, and landscapes, ensuring these academic institutions and symbols of African American pride are preserved to inspire and educate future generations.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Supporting Descendants Who are Saving Their Historic Places

Preservationists today are called upon to support the efforts of descendants who are protecting, preserving, and interpreting historic places. But what are the best ways preservationists can effectively and respectfully support the descendants’ efforts to save their places and to tell their stories? During this panel discussion, which will highlight the views of several descendants who are leading advocacy campaigns, PastForward participants will learn what forms of strategic support descendant communities need from preservation professionals in order to connect with the past, inform the present, and impact the future. Experiences will be drawn from campaigns to preserve an African American cemetery, a Japanese American incarceration site, and a Native American boarding school. Sponsored by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Networking Coffee Chat

Listen to informal discussion and come with questions for leaders in the field to talk about allyship, solidarity, and engaging underrepresented communities in historic preservation.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

3 Sessions

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum: A Discussion with the Seminole Tribe

After experiencing the on-demand virtual tour of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and Everglades experience, hear directly from members of the Seminole Tribe on how they preserve, document, and promote their cultural heritage, both on and off the modern reservation boundaries. This interactive session will be a discussion with tribal members on philosophy and methodology of cultural heritage protection and promotion.

National Impact Agenda Framework in Action: Three Approaches to Leading Change

The National Impact Agenda Leadership Cohort is a group of volunteer organizations who have committed to exploring how their work intersects with the goals of the broader movement. Hear three cohort members describe the challenges, innovations, and takeaways from their experience as change leaders in their respective practices. Discover how they are moving from vision to action, as well as hear their reflections on the future of preservation work and what change looks like in the context of 2022.

Building on the past two years of engagement and discussion around shared goals of the contemporary preservation movement, this session explores how three preservation organizations around the country are actively leading change by advancing the shared goals articulated in the National Impact Agenda: building networks, growing more inclusive, modernizing tools, promoting equity, investing in climate resilience, engaging the public, and telling a truer history.

Preservation Solutions for Affordable Housing

Hear two thoughtful national experts discuss how preserving existing affordable housing offers a spectrum of benefits including the preservation of culture as well as historic building materials which is critical during a time of rising costs and supply chain issues. Participate in this live conversation to ask your questions of national experts! Sponsored by National Trust Community Investment Corporation.

The lack of affordable housing is a national crisis impacting communities of all sizes. Solving this crisis requires collaboration among governments, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. By preserving existing affordable housing in older neighborhoods and creating new units through the rehabilitation of vacant and underused spaces, preservation has an important role to play in addressing the affordable housing crisis. Join National Trust Community Investment Corporation President Merrill Hoopengardner for a conversation with William W. Towns, Ph.D., MBA, National Market President, Community Revitalization and Public Housing, Gorman and Company to discuss the methods of preserving affordable housing while eliminating the discriminatory practices of the past.

5:00 PM – 5:20 PM

Food and History: The Best of Miami

The Biltmore: Casual elegance in the subtropics with a European flair. Whether its 5-star dining in the famed La Palma or a poolside lunch or Sunday Brunch, the National Landmark Biltmore Hotel never fails to disappoint. Designed in 1925 by the firm Schultz and Weaver, the Biltmore has always beckoned guests who enjoy the good life: golf, swimming, tennis, a sumptuous dinner and great wine. This insider’s view with a focus on cuisine is a special treat! Sponsored by Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, Office of Historic Preservation.

Friday, November 4, 2022

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Congressional Visits

For those who added the optional “Federal Advocacy Opportunity” to their conference registration, your state advocacy captain will reach out to you with your state-specific call schedule for this week. Please direct any questions to policy@savingplaces.org

12:45 PM – 12:58 PM

Friday Welcome

Join National Trust chief preservation officer Katherine Malone-France for a preview of the day’s events! Hear tips on how to maximize your conference experience as well as many ways to engage with the National Trust on federal advocacy, national grants, and America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

3 Sessions

Climate Gentrification: What It Is and What We Can Do About It

Attend this interactive session to lean what is climate gentrification is and how differs from other forms of gentrification. Experts will share how it’s impacting real estate in Miami and how historic preservation can be a tool to help ward off this phenomenon. Speakers from The Allapattah Collaborative, Catalyst Miami, and Ochoa Urban Collaborative will share lessons and potential solutions. Sponsored by Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, Office of Historic Preservation.

Easement Roundtable

Please join the National Trust’s easement program staff for the popular Easement Roundtable, an event for staff, attorneys, and volunteers of easement-holding organizations. This session provides an opportunity for those who manage preservation easements for government agencies and non-profit organizations to discuss pressing and emerging issues in preservation easements. This will be a session designed for those with preservation easement experience. Breakout rooms will be designed to allow smaller group conversations on specific easement related topics.

Monument Removal and Restorative Justice

Conversations that never took place around the controversial monuments that have come to symbolize systemic injustices are now being considered. How can addressing these monuments in the public process lead to meaningful change regarding health disparities, economic justice, and climate justice? This panel will discuss various approaches to oppressive monuments including, removal, reinterpretation, and recontextualization. Sponsored by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

Hear from community leaders, artists, and organizations that have worked with efforts to address monuments such as the Confederate Monuments in Richmond Virginia; The Liberty Redemption Monument in New Orleans, Louisiana; J. Marion Simms Monument in New York City; Father Junipero Serra statue in Sacramento, California; the Christopher Columbus statues in Genoa. Italy and Minneapolis. Minnesota; and the Ceil Rhodes statues in Cape Town, South Africa and Oxford, England.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Partnering to Preserve Intangible History

Descendants of a displaced community in Providence, Rhode Island, and the city’s early preservation society are collaborating to preserve intangible culture and history. The Fox Point Cape Verdean Heritage Place Project, Inc. (FPCVHP); SPIA Media Productions, Inc.; and the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) are uniting to confront the aftermath of federal intervention, gentrification, institutional expansion, and the generational trauma of displacement. This pioneering partnership of community and preservation stakeholders advances historical equity and justice through documentation and advocacy while also acknowledging PPS’s own underestimation of past threats. Hear about public events and forums that illustrate the power of community AND preservation joining forces to thoughtfully and intentionally move beyond architectural integrity (or survival) within the built environment. Sponsored by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Updating the National Register Process: Moving to Action

During the past two conferences, hundreds of PastForward conference attendees have participated in robust discussions about the process of listing places and structures on the National Register of Historic Places—starting at the local level, gaining state-level approvals, and then review by the federal government. Join a Q&A session with those involved at all levels of this process to learn how we can all contribute to creating a National Register of Historic Places that reflects the diversity of our nation. Sponsored by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

National Preservation Awards Ceremony

Prepare to be inspired by extraordinary preservation stories and the individuals who made them happen! Presented annually at the conference, the National Preservation Awards are bestowed upon distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, historic sites, public agencies, and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizen efforts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation legislation and projects in their communities; and those who help Americans understand the value of preservation. Leave the event energized to tackle preservation projects in your own community. Television personality and preservationist Bob Vila will host the ceremony.

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

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