Preservation & Inclusion

Today’s preservation movement recognizes the need for more complete, inclusive representation of communities across the nation, which are increasingly socio-economically, racially, ethnically, culturally, and generationally diverse. Preservation efforts must prioritize inclusion in order to tell an accurate and comprehensive story—and to remain relevant. Professional development and training resources help preservationists engage diverse groups and preserve sites significant to historically underrepresented communities—including people of color, women, LGBTQ, and youth—to tell a broader range of stories.

Diversity Scholarship Program

The Diversity Scholarship Program supports the attendance of leaders from underrepresented communities new to preservation and of emerging preservation professionals at the National Trust's annual conference, PastForward.


Telling a Broader American Story

An important piece of creating a more inclusive preservation field is reconstructing traditional narratives to include underrepresented communities. Discover how individuals across the country are working to tell a broader American story.

Summer 2016 Forum Journal
The Full Spectrum of History: Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion in Preservation

In this issue of the Forum Journal, we sought to recapture and build on those powerful conversations. We include video content from PastForward 2015, interviews with heritage professionals on the front lines of advocacy, and articles that spotlight effective diversity and inclusion efforts in preservation.

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PastForward 2016: preservationVOICES

Preservation & Rosenwald Schools

In 1912, Booker T. Washington approached philanthropist Julius Rosenwald about a concept developed at Tuskegee University to build rural schools desperately needed for African American children in Alabama. That partnership sparked a movement that eventually created more than 5300 schools, teacher’s homes and vocational shops for African American children across 15 southern and southwestern states between 1912 and 1932.  Learn more about protecting these important sites.


Working with Communities New to Preservation

Being more inclusive often means introducing new communities to the world of historic preservation. These tools provide background information to aptly navigate the intricacies of the preservation field.

Este Lugar Vale - Preservation 101


National Register Toolkit