2016 PastForward Virtual Attendance Details

By Colleen Danz posted 11-07-2016 15:45



If you can't make it to PastForward 2016 this month, join us as a virtual attendee.

Watching the live-streaming from PastForward is free and can be done in the comfort of your home or the convenience of your office. While we want everyone to register as a full attendee and participate in all the programming, networking events, and other conference experiences in Houston, we also want to make sure that as many people as possible are able to take part in the important discussions at PastForward. Sign up as a virtual attendee to receive live-streaming information and details on how to join the discussions via social media.

2016 Virtual Programming

  • TrustLive: preservationLIVABILITY, Thursday, November 17, 2:30–3:30 p.m. CST
    Rick Lowe—community activist, artist, and founder of Project Row Houses—will kick off a dialogue about preservation's intersection with smart growth and sustainability in urban places.
  • TrustLive: preservationPLACES, Thursday, November 17, 5:15–6:15 p.m. CST
    Nina Simon, executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, will start a conversation about the ways we can enliven historic places to better teach history, tell stories, and promote reconciliation. Sponsored by Preservation Leadership Forum.
  • TrustLive: preservationVOICES, Friday, November 18, 8:45–9:45 a.m. CST
    John Valadez, documentary filmmaker, will lead a discussion on the role historic places play in social and environmental justice and how they can help us tell the full American story. Sponsored by the National Park Service.
  • Closing Luncheon, Friday, November 18, 1:00–2:30 p.m. CST
    The luncheon will feature speaker Theaster Gates, founder and executive director of the Rebuild Foundation, a nonprofit organization that endeavors to rebuild the cultural foundations of neighborhoods and incite movements of community revitalization that are culture based, artist led, and neighborhood driven. Sponsored by American Express.

Note: This year the Opening Plenary, on Wednesday, November 16 will not be live streamed. It will be available shortly after the session on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's YouTube page.

The plenary will feature remarks from Stephanie K. Meeks, president and chief executive officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; awards presentation; and more. Sponsored by Houston First Corporation.

Social Media

Throughout next week we'll also be sharing material from the conference via social media.


Twitter: Staff (Priya Chhaya - @priyastoric, Sarah Heffern - @smheffern, Tim Mikulski - @tim_mik, and Kirsten Hower - @kjhower1) will be tweeting from the @SavePlacesLive handle, with some occasional updates on @savingplaces. The main hashtag for the conference is #PastForward.

We've put together a twitter list with all the provided attendee handle.

Facebook: PastForward Event Page

Instagram: @savingplaces

Reading Lists

For complete details about PastForward, visit

Colleen Danz is the manager of Forum marketing.

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