Hey all! This will be my first PastForward Conference - any other first timers?! - and I am really looking forward to it. Building off Colleen's post last week about the host city, I'm looking for tips on how to navigate the conference itself - how to plan my time, what not to miss, and what people are most looking forward to...I found this PastForward pro tip from a post last year, so would like to build off of that. Any experienced attendees able to pitch in? Looking forward to meeting some of you in San Francisco next month!
I'll be a newbie, too. :-)
I'm struggling with figuring out how to schedule my time. It seems like there are some events that come with registration and many that do not (as in, you have to pay extra), but the app doesn't seem to differentiate. So I'm afraid I'll be selecting things to attend only to find out that I've traveled to some far flung part of SF but can't get in to the event because I didn't pay to be there. I'm hoping everything will be made clear at check in.
Hmmm, didn't think about this till just now, but it might be worthwhile to see about adding some cashola to my Clipper card before I head out there, too. For anyone that doesn't have a Clipper card (Clipper Home), but you plan to use BART or MUNI, you might want to see if there's still time to order one online. That way you won't be stuck in a line at the machine at the airport.
And while I haven't tried any of these places yet, for those of you that are, like me, trying to do this event on a budget, here's a post I've found on Cheap Eats in San Francisco. Essential Cheap Eats in San Francisco
Hi Michelle and Everyone,I will be a newbie as well to the Conference -- and to historic preservation in general. I'm a second-year graduate student within the University College Dublin World Heritage Conservation online program. I work out-of-field but hope to transition within the next year or so into heritage conservation, if all goes well.The decision to attend PastForward was last minute because we're visiting my sister as well; I changed plans to accommodate it (I'm glad it all worked out!). Unfortunately, my husband and I fly in on the afternoon of the 14th so I'll miss a bit.
I must admit that I am an introvert so I have a bit of anxiety about being in large groups, especially since I will not know anyone there. There are so many things to choose from, but since I'm very interested in intangible cultural heritage I have concentrated Thursday and Friday mornings on Learning Labs, TrustLive events, and Power Sessions, in addition to attending the Preservation Lunch, the MIX breakfast, and the Closing Luncheon. Then we're off to visit my sister and her family.
I just went to add money to my Clipper card and realized there's a new deal out where, for $5 a day, you can get unlimited rides on MUNI (the San Francisco bus and rail system). Clipper *could* work for both, but you'd be paying $2.50 each way for a MUNI ride. So, if you plan to go to more than one place (and back again) by MUNI, the $5/day option works out well. But... it's it's own thing. You have to download the MUNI Mobile app.
It's easy to do. You purchase your rides in advance. And you only pull them up when you travel.
If you think you'll be doing more than one round trip ride while you're in San Francisco, you might want to check this out. Here's a link with more info:
MuniMobile Frequently Asked Questions
As far as getting from SFO to wherever you're staying... there's Lyft or Uber, of course, If you go that route, there's a central pickup location out in the parking garage part of the airport. Follow the signs. You'll feel like you're walking forever, but it's really not so bad.
If you're taking BART, you probably only want to get a BART ticket. You can also use a Clipper card for BART, but you pay $3 for the card plus whatever fare you need to put on it. It really only makes sense if you're going to be using it a lot... which you won't be if you're only in town for a week.
Hope this info helps anyone relying on transit. See you all there!
What does "special convening" mean? Are those invite only events?
And looking back at my registration email, it says I signed up for a "Preservation Meet-and-Greet," but I can't find it on the schedule. Does it have another name? ------------------------------Meg DunnFort Collins CO------------------------------
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