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Washington Hall: More Than a Restoration Project

By Kji Kelly Editor's note: In November 2017, Washington Hall was presented with a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award at PastForward in Chicago. As Seattle’s only citywide public development authority, Historic Seattle has worked since 1974 to foster a more...

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PastForward Closing Luncheon

​Recorded at PastForward 2017 in Chicago, the Closing Luncheon features the presentation of the American Express Aspire Award and the 2017 Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award. The Luncheon features remarks by Crowninshield Award Recipient, Robert G. Stanton, former National Park Service director....


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PastForward 2017: Opening Plenary

​Recorded at PastForward 2017 in Chicago, this excerpt from the Opening Plenary features remarks by Bonnie McDonald, president and CEO, Landmarks Illinois; Diana Rauner, first lady, State of Illinois; and Lee Bey, vice president, DuSable Museum of African American History; as well as the...


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The 2017 National Preservation Awards

The 2017 National Preservation Awards are being presented throughout this week at PastForward 2017 in Chicago. The awards honor an inspirational set of projects, individuals, and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the field of preservation. View from a community garden at...

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Reid Williamson: An Originator and Champion in Preservation

By Marsh Davis When Reid Williamson died on September 10, the preservation community lost a leader whose impact on the field had been profound, positive, and enduring. Reid’s work in historic preservation began in 1966, when he was hired as the first executive director of the Historic Savannah...

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Top Tips from SurveyLA, Los Angeles’ Citywide Historic Resources Survey

By Janet Hansen and Sara Delgadillo Cruz This year marks a milestone for historic preservation in Los Angeles with the completion of SurveyLA. The concept for the project began in 2000, when the Getty Conservation Institute initiated a multiyear feasibility study to review best practices and...

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“Just Say Yes”: How Improvisation and Craft Shaped the Restoration of the Chicago Athletic Association Building

By Paul Alessandro Improvisation is the art of crafting a story based on bits of information contributed by the audience as well as fellow performers. Each night in improv theaters all over Chicago, actors use a simple rule to forward their improvisations and support one another&rsquo...

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Eastern State Penitentiary: National Trust’s Trustees Emeritus Award for Stewardship

By Sara Jane (Sally) Elk The National Trust’s Trustees Emeritus Award for Stewardship, presented during PastForward 2016 in Houston , came at a perfect time for Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary . Over the past 29 years, Eastern State has transformed from an abandoned...

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