The National Trust for Historic Preservation is leading the movement to save places where our history happened.
Old places are where our lives, memories, and stories began. They connect us to the past, anchor us to the present, and lead us into the future. These places inspire us to create a stronger nation, because they belong to all of us.
For 70 years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has led the movement to save America’s historic places. A privately funded nonprofit organization, we work to save America's historic sites; tell the full American story; build stronger communities; and invest in preservation's future.
Thanks to the passion and dedication of our advocates and supporters, we’re able to protect hundreds of places every year. Help us save places that matter—for ourselves, each other, and our future together.
Learn more about how we're saving places on SavingPlaces.org.
The Diversity Scholarship Program convenes established and emerging leaders in the historic preservation community at the annual PastForward conference, hosted each year by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Celebrating 30 years in 2022, the program has provided over 2,500 scholarships to conference participants from historically underrepresented groups in the preservation movement and its allied fields including race, ethnicity, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. Those who identify with one or more of these underrepresented groups are eligible for the scholarship. Preservation volunteers, students, and professionals are all encouraged to apply.
Scholars receive complimentary registration for PastForward Online 2022. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the program, the National Trust is also offering opportunities to participate in bi-monthly convenings which will be held through September 2023. These convenings will provide practical guidance to maximize opportunities with the National Trust and facilitate important networking opportunities with outstanding national leaders from a variety of professions within the wide-ranging movement.
CONFERENCE THEME: MOVING FROM VISION TO ACTION
This past year, preservationists and those in the allied fields of architecture, planning, development, and sustainability came together to share their challenges in addressing some of this country’s most pressing issues. The resulting collaborative agenda, Leading the Change Together, led to the National Trust selecting Moving from Vision to Action as the over-arching theme of this year’s conference. Read more about the theme as well as the sub-themes of Historic Preservation is Climate Action, Encouraging Inclusion and Diversity Through Preservation, and Understanding Preservation’s Role in Real Estate Development.
Please visit the conference webpage to learn more about the conference schedule, guest speakers, and important news.