This TrustLive was presented during the opening plenary of the 2015 PastForward conference at Washington National Cathedral. The full video of the talk will be available in a few weeks, but we wanted to share the text of the preservationFUTURE remarks today.
Thank you. And thank you all for being here. It’s great to be with you.
At the conference this week, and over the next twelve months, we will be focused on the future of preservation. So, in the spirit of PastForward, I wanted to spend a few minutes today reflecting on the past fifty years of our work, and the road ahead. A look to the past, if you will, before we go forward.
Over that time, we have seen and experienced profound transformations in the ways families live, work, and play – transformations that once would have seemed like science fiction. In my lifetime, we have gone from a time when color televisions were rare, to a time when everyone here is effectively carrying one in their pocket. And a lot of this change has been a good thing.
In a time of enormous upheaval, we have worked to preserve the connections and the history that make us who we are. We have helped protect what is good in our communities, and even the idea of community itself.
And when you take a step back and look at what we’ve accomplished, it truly is remarkable.
We don’t often get the luxury of reflection. From day to day, we are either deep in the trenches or on to the next battle.
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