National Preservation Conference

Registration Live – 2014 National Preservation Conference

Posted on: July 15th, 2014 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff No Comments


PastForward_Web_619x350Registration is now open for the 2014 National Preservation Conference, PastForward, Nov. 11-14, in Savannah, Ga. Registration and complete conference details are exclusively online at

PastForward inaugurates a new era for the National Preservation Conference. It will debut TrustLive, a series of four live streamed marquee talks that explore preservation through new lenses. This year’s TrustLive presentations will focus on climate change, entrepreneurship, data mapping, and engaging new audiences. Companion educational sessions, our Learning Labs, will expand upon TrustLive themes and there will be ample time for lively discussion and debate with your peers.

A sampling of Learning Labs include Breathing Life into Legacy Cities, a look at how leaders in Newark, NJ are using the city’s past to shape its future; Changing Demographics: The Consequences for Historic Preservation, a study in how demographic shifts are affecting historic neighborhoods; and Ask the Experts: Revolving Fund Coaching, a chance for both veterans and novices to learn how to effectively employ and sustain historic properties redevelopment fund in their communities.... Read More →

Ossabaw Island Tabby: From Middens to Restoration

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by Special Contributor 1 Comment


This is part of a series exploring the Field Studies at 2014 PastForward, Savannah, Georgia, Nov. 11-14. We’ll look at the organizations behind the Field Studies, as well as the Field Study itself and what participants should expect. Registration for PastForward and the Field Studies will open July 1. For more information on PastForward and other Field Studies, visit

By Elizabeth DuBose

The three remaining tabby slave cabins located on Ossabaw Island’s north end | Courtesy of the Ossabaw Island Foundation

The three remaining tabby slave cabins located on Ossabaw Island’s north end | Courtesy of the Ossabaw Island Foundation

Ossabaw Island, Georgia’s third largest barrier island, is located about 20 miles from Savannah. But like many of the coastal islands, it is worlds away. This undeveloped island teams with a rich diversity of wildlife, including dolphins, eagles, a variety of wading birds, armadillos, and the famous Ossabaw Island hogs. Its history is equally rich, beginning 4,000 years ago, when indigenous people called the island home. The island’s history reflects our country’s history. There are stories from the colonial period, ante-bellum period, Civil War and Reconstruction and through the environmental movement.

In 1978 Ossabaw Island was sold to the state of Georgia and designated for scientific, cultural and educational uses as a heritage preserve.

The island, which is accessible only by boat, offers visitors a wide range of natural and cultural history. A few historic structures are still standing, including the Club House, a 1890s-era prefab house built over the foundation of the 18th-century North End Plantation house. The Club House won preservation awards in 2002 from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Savannah Foundation.... Read More →

PastForward: Twitter #presconf Offers Sneak Peek of Savannah

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 by Colleen Danz


"Taking it to the Streets" Field Study | Courtesy of Rhonda Sincavage

"Taking it to the Streets" Field Study | Photo by Rhonda Sincavage

Last week the National Trust for Historic Preservation staff traveled to Savannah for a site visit for PastForward, the National Preservation Conference. This trip was a chance for conference staff (based in Washington, D.C.) to conduct dry runs of events and tours, check out meeting space, and meet with Savannah partners (SCAD: Savannah College of Art and Design and Historic Savannah Foundation). The goal of the site visit was to troubleshoot any problems and work out any kinks with conference planning before the more than 2,000 attendees descend upon Savannah for the actual conference in November.

While in Savannah, Trust staff were equipped with digital and video cameras, documenting the visit to provide attendees with a sneak peek at what’s in store for them in November. Using Twitter #presconf and posting photos to the PastForward Facebook events page, Trust staff shared the sights, sounds and tastes of their experience in Savannah.  The compilation of photos and videos can be found on the PresNation Storify.

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About Colleen Danz

Colleen Danz is the associate manager of Forum marketing.