PastForward is about the Future: A PastForward 2017 Recap

By Priya Chhaya posted 11-20-2017 13:28


Friday at PastForward began with our final TrustLive, which featured documentarian Holly Morris. Morris' presentation, which focused on her film, "The Babushkas of Chernobyl," was followed by a discussion with Anna Ricklin from the American Planning Association; Bonnie McDonald from Landmarks Illinois; and Nikos Salingaros, a mathematician from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Both the presentation and the talk that followed addressed the power of place to affect health and well-being.

Chicago River | Credit: Priya Chhaya

The conference officially ended with the Closing Luncheon, during which the National Trust for Historic Preservation presented the American Express Aspire award to Nicole Marrocco and the nation’s highest preservation honor, the Louise du Pont Crowninshield award, to former National Park Service director Robert G. Stanton. 

On this final day, the TrustLive, the panels that followed, and the wise words from Stanton all looked ahead at the future of historic preservation. In addition to finding new ways to emphasize the relevance of the field, we were reminded that we need to work together to protect America’s history—not only by saving the historic tax credit, but in all available avenues.

During the Closing Luncheon, National Trust president and CEO Stephanie K. Meeks emphasized the Trust's partnership with Para La Naturaleza (Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico) to raise money for the island as it recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Find out how you can help.

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See you next year in San Francisco!

On Friday we transitioned from Chicago to a look ahead at PastForward 2018 in San Francisco. | Credit: Priya Chhaya