We know that PastForward 2015 is months away but we wanted to kick off a PastForward tradition early – so here is the first of four reading lists to get you ready for the conference this November. While it’s the middle of summer and the thought of doing “homework” might seem like the last thing on your list of things to do, the PastForward reading lists are a great way to spark discussions before you get on the ground in D.C. this fall. Make sure to review the conference schedule for session descriptions as you work through the reading list and then feel free to comment on the PLF Blog post or start a discussion with your preservation peers on the Facebook PastForward events page.
This month we’ll take a look at preservationVOICES (read a preview of the entire conference), a track sponsored by the National Park Service.
This track kicks off with the preservationVOICES TrustLive. PastForward 2015 features four TrustLives, marquee presentations that were launched at last year’s conference. These presentations take a look at preservation through different lenses, bringing diverse perspectives to the discussion and allow for participants to virtually attend if they can’t make it to D.C. The TrustLives also serve to queue up the discussions that will take place in Learning Labs, Power Sessions and Field Studies.
Specifically, the preservationVOICES TrustLive will address a past lack of emphasis on the inclusion of diverse communities in the preservation of historic places and will discuss recent efforts to implement a focus on the experience of these communities. In the preservationVOICES Learning Labs we will further explore the term “diversity,” looking to address gaps in what we consider “diverse historic places.” We will also examine how our existing programs and policies might change so as to allow a wider embrace of different cultural backgrounds as we designate and the seek to preserve that which is considered “historic.”... Read More →
Melita Jureša-McDonald manages the Forum Reference Desk from San Francisco. She is the first point of entry for preservation leaders across the country seeking information about preservation issues, advanced content, and resources and assistance available from the National Trust. A native of Rab, Croatia, she is been with the Trust since 2001.