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JOIN US – First EVER Virtual Past/ Forward Conference – Oct. 27-30

Parul Dubey on October 23, 2020 - in Announcement, Events, News

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is proud to present the 74th annual PastForward conference.  This year’s conference theme– Resilience and Relevance–features provocative conversation about contemporary challenges and the power of preservation to respond to:

  • Racial Justice and Equity
  • Pandemic Issues
  • Challenges of America’s Main Streets
  • Climate Change Impacts

How does historic preservation connect to all these issues?  Join us online to find out.  You can download the conference app or go to SavingPlaces.org/conference for the scoop on all the daily activities.  Press access is available, but all participants need to register.  You will not want to miss these dynamic keynote speakers:

  • Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation
    • A Conversation About Philanthropy and Preservation as Justice (Wednesday, October 28)
    • Equitable Development Virtual Town Hall (Wednesday, October 28)
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. 
    • A Conversation About Philanthropy and Preservation as Justice (Wednesday, October 28)
  • Governor Brian Vallo, Pueblo of Acoma
    • Haakú, Híya’stíni, ee Síu’namasti: Pueblo of Acoma Concepts of Resilience and Promise (Thursday, October 29)
  • George Takei, actor, activist,
    • Closing Plenary: An Afternoon with George Takei (Friday, October 30)

Everyday there are virtual events that are free and open to the public, including:

  • the National Preservation Awards Ceremony on Thursday October 29th  hosted by Bob Vila, and
  • Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence on Main Street; and The Confederate Monument Debate: International Perspectives on the Future of Monuments with Difficult Pasts on Friday October 30th.

There will be 32 educational sessions focused on the conference themes, with several interactive town hall programs including: an Equitable Development Virtual Town Hall, Mitigating and Adapting to a Changing Climate Town Hall, and a Preservation and Relevance Town Hall.  National preservation awards will be presented honoring the outstanding work of architects, designers, builders, and preservationists who have made notable contributions to the field.  Seven major awards are conferred during the conference:

  • The Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award honors an individual for a lifetime achievement in historic preservation.
  • The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards are bestowed on historic preservation efforts that demonstrate excellence in execution and a positive impact on the vitality of their towns and cities.
  • The American Express Aspire Award is presented to emerging preservation leaders who demonstrate innovative thinking and achievement in advancing historic preservation in their local, state or national communities.
  • The Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence recognizes a nonprofit organization, large or small, that has demonstrated sustained and superlative achievement in historic preservation.
  • The Trustees Emeritus Award for Historic Site Stewardship recognizes success and innovation in historic preservation, management, and programming at historic sites.
  • The John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy honors an individual or group of individuals who have done outstanding work in preservation advocacy.
  • The National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation honors a project or program in which a federal agency and one or more non-federal partners, including tribes, have together achieved an exemplary preservation outcome.

PastForward Online is sponsored by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, American Express, Indow, the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, and Unico.


About the National Trust for Historic Preservation: The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support. www.savingplaces.org



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