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Preservation Leadership Forum

Preservation Leadership Forum is a network of preservation professionals brought together by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Forum provides and curates cutting edge content, offers online and in person networking opportunities, and brings new, diverse perspectives to the business of saving places. Forum members receive immediate access to content and resources, such as the quarterly Forum Journal, priority access to scholarships for trainings, and opportunities for grant funding. Members also receive substantial discounts to the annual PastForward conference and participating hotels through Historic Hotels of America.

Become an Active Voice in the Forum Network

Forum membership is not just about discounts and resources though, it’s a community for, and comprised of, preservation thought-leaders—whose voices are helping to shape the direction of the preservation movement.

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Forum Member Types

Levels include student, library, individual, and organizational. Organizational members also have access to more than $1 million in annual grant funding, and their staff and board members receive discounts on membership and PastForward Conference registration. All Forum members receive the standard National Trust membership, which includes the award-winning Preservation magazine.

Partners Network

The Partners Network within Forum comprises more than 100 state, regional, and local nonprofit organizations representing the top-tier preservation organizations in the country. These organizations are actively involved in saving and protecting historic places, advocating for preservation-friendly policies, and promoting the economic and social benefits of historic preservation. Find out more about how to apply to the Partners Network.

Sample Forum

If you’re interested in Forum, but not quite ready to take a more active role in the network, access old Forum Journals or watch videos from previous PastForward conferences or archived webinars to get a taste of the content Forum offers and the discussions members are having.

“I became a member of Forum long before I joined the staff of the National Trust. For 17 years, I have enjoyed Forum's engaging, topical, and concise content and programming. Like many of you, I am dedicated to professional development but don’t always have time to seek out the latest case studies, research, or best practices. Forum does that for me. More importantly, I have been able to make meaningful connections thanks to the community, relationships, and networking opportunities available through Forum. I welcome you to explore Forum resources and become part of Forum today.”

Susan West Montgomery, Vice President, Preservation Resources, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Susan West Montgomery with preservation peers at PastForward 2015.