Call for Ideas and Proposals

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Submit Your Call for Ideas and Proposals

Be a part of the premier educational and networking event for those in the business of saving places – submit a session or TrustLive Idea, Field Study idea, or a speaker or film suggestion.  Your expertise, knowledge and ideas will help shape PastForward 2015, Nov. 3-6 in Washington, D.C. More than 1,600 preservation professionals are expected to attend, including architects, historians, urban planners, city planners, developers, and public and private-sector professionals. Share your ideas, innovative approaches and knowledge to help strengthen the historic preservation movement.

Process: Submitting ideas has been streamlined, allowing for an easier and quicker process. In previous years, there was more of a responsibility on the submitter to create content and be part of the process of delivery from start to finish, now we simply encourage your ideas and thoughts, and we will work with you to potentially bring them to life for the conference. Simply fill out the short online form

Timeline: Submissions will be reviewed starting late January 2015 and notifications will be sent out in the spring of 2015. The Call for Ideas for Field Studies for 2015 is closed.

Call for Ideas

Have an opinion on what you think hot topics are for preservation? Heard an inspiring speaker you think would resonate with the audience at PastForward? Have a suggestion on what people need and want to hear in Washington, D.C.? Now is your chance to tell us! 

We want to hear your ideas for shaping the seminar-style and classroom educational programming (Learning Labs and Power Sessions), or for the marquee live streaming presentations, TrustLive. Simply fill out the online form to pass along your ideas.

Call for Field Study Ideas - D.C. call is CLOSED

Are you or your organization involved in top-notch preservation work in D.C.? Is there a cutting edge strategy that you employ to revitalize your community? Can preservationists from around the country learn from your experiences, and would you like the opportunity to hear their perspectives?

Showcase your historic project, topic or site, and share your successes, challenges and lessons with attendees. Demonstrate the strategies you’ve implemented to save buildings and local history so attendees can incorporate into their efforts in their communities.

What is a Field Study?

A first-hand look at local preservation projects, taking attendees into the community or region (can be up to 90 miles outside of Washington, D.C.)
The local area’s most significant places, such as a single building, downtown retail corridor,  historic neighborhood,  rural landscape, series of bridges, historic rail or road corridor, park,  culturally significant place,  series of homes or buildings by the same architect, etc.

Submit your Field Study Idea.


PastForward 2014 introduced film viewings as part of programming in Savannah and looks to incorporate preservation films at PastForward 2015. The films can showcase preservation efforts in all shapes and sizes, and can be short previews or up to an hour-long documentary. Whether you created the film or there's a preservation film that you have seen that you think would resonate with attendees, submit your suggestion for the Film Series. Incorporating films in PastForward is another way to provide a more comprehensive attendee experience.