We’re Going to San Francisco: PastForward 2018 Field Study Preview

By Colleen Danz posted 05-11-2018 11:07


Earlier this month a group of National Trust for Historic Preservation staff traveled to San Francisco for a site visit in advance of PastForward 2018, which will take place November 13–16. This trip provided conference staff based in Washington, D.C., with an opportunity to conduct dry runs of events and tours, check out meeting spaces, and connect with our local supporters. Get a sneak peek at this year’s Field Studies and special events, along with a look at our host city, by searching for #PastForward18 on Twitter and Instagram or by visiting the conference Facebook event


PastForward Field Studies take attendees into the host city and community to visit preservation success stories, confront on-the-ground challenges, explore the local historic legacy, and meet residents and business owners.

“Field Studies give our attendees the chance to not only explore our host city but also learn directly from the people who are doing preservation work in San Francisco,” said Farin Salahuddin, associate director of conferences and trainings at the National Trust. “It’s a learning experience that’s key to our conference, but also a very fun and interesting way for our attendees to get out and into the community.” 

Among this year’s Field Studies are a tour of San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood, the Mission District; a visit to Chinatown—the oldest Chinese community in the United States; and an evening exploring historic neon signs in the Tenderloin, Mission, Castro, and other neighborhoods. Field Studies will also venture outside of the city, including to the historic gardens and estate at Filoli and the historic wineries in Napa. 

“Field Studies are always an attendee favorite! Many sell out quickly after registration opens,” said Rhonda Sincavage, director of publications and programs at the National Trust. “This year’s programming will not disappoint, with journeys to the Fillmore area as well as iconic San Francisco spots such as the Presidio and Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park.”

Complete 2018 Field Study details will be available online shortly, and attendees will be able to sign up for them when registration opens on July 2. For conference details, visit PastForwardConference.org

Colleen Danz is the Forum marketing manager at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

If you are participating in the PastForward Challenge (Gamification) for points and prizes, please enter the following passcode for the "Field Study Preview" challenge: FSPREV.



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