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Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines April 2021

  • 1.  Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines April 2021

    Posted 15 days ago
    Hello April on Forum Connect!

    There is something about seeing the sunshine hit my balcony after a winter of shadow that brings a relative lightness to my spirit. Obviously, there is a lot still going on out in the world but the warmer air (for those who live in climates that have been cold in the winter) just feels good. Like many who are still working from home I am contemplating the flowers and herbs I want to plant to brighten up my space.

    All that is to say that this is your, as scheduled, monthly Forum Connect announcement thread! This is where you can post announcements, news, even articles of note. Anything that you would like to just share, but not start a discussion around.

    Tip for new users: If you haven't yet introduce yourself in the "Introduce Yourself" thread. We would love to hear more from you and about you!

    A few things from the National Trust to keep an eye out on.

    First of all,  last month the National Trust posted our statement condemning race-based hatred, violence, and misinformation following the continuing horrific attacks on Asian Americans across the country.  You can read the full statement here.

    Secondly, if you have missed a webinar over the last few months I've been steadily posting the recordings. There are two webinar's on the calendar for April and we have a few more in planning stages that I will be excited to share when they are ready. I hope you can join us!

    If you missed last months 2021 Fitch Colloquium on The Art of Preservation  presented by Columbia GSAPP and the National Trust you can watch the full symposium on here.

    And finally we launched a new design for our Where Women Made History campaign. You can see the design at and read more about each of the women featured here.

    Looking forward to hearing more from you and look forward to seeing the discussions and questions you will ask this month.


    Priya Chhaya
    Forum Connect Community Manager

    Associate Director of Content
    National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Washington DC

  • 2.  RE: Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines April 2021

    Posted 15 days ago


    ICOMOS Emerging Professionals Working Group (EPWG) Africa-U.S. Collaboration

    Intergenerational Conversation on Society and Heritage: Perspectives from Africa and the U.S.

     Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 1 - 2:15 pm EDT

    Leveraging heritage for a better future is gaining prominence across national, continental and international discourses, as heritage is not simply a record of the past but a cultural process reflecting the social realities of today. What is the role of heritage in tackling societal challenges including equity, diversity and inclusion in and among communities? How should heritage be integrated into decision-making processes to ensure sustainable development at the local and regional levels? What is the relationship between broader societal forces and heritage?

    The leaders of governments in Africa envisioned a future where the continent is free of conflict, poverty, human rights violations and disasters. The vision encapsulates the significance of heritage within the society in the seven aspirations of African Union Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want reflecting the desire for inclusion, equality and integration for everyone regardless of gender, ethnicity and age. To this end, heritage defines people's identities and histories and helps to rebuild communities after disasters, create new shared understanding of the past, stimulate local development and create opportunities for a better future.

    In the United States, recent national discussions and protests have spotlighted unresolved racial issues and inequalities that continue to divide the country. Exploring the issues, struggles and contributions of different communities in historic places are critical to charting a path toward national healing and an equitable future. 


    The event is organized by ICOMOS EPWG representatives from the U.S. and the Africa region (Zoe Leung and Olufemi Adentunji), to support intergenerational exchanges critical to safeguarding and promoting heritage. The program will feature a conversation among established and emerging professionals in heritage preservation from the United States and African countries, moderated by a U.S. participant.

    Learn more and register here:

    Jennifer Spreitzer

  • 3.  RE: Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines April 2021

    Posted 11 days ago
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    Please join US/ICOMOS for "Diversifying Heritage in the United States"
    Thursday, April 22, 2021, 12 to 1:30 pm EDT online

    This free/contribution optional webinar in celebration of World Heritage Day 2021 will examine what U.S. heritage professionals are doing to create a more diverse and inclusive future for all and provide perspective from four diverse voices about opportunities for positive change.

    The webinar will begin with a keynote presentation by Shannon Estenoz, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Department of the Interior (DOI), who will speak to the agency's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Shannon's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion of four professionals sharing their diverse perspectives on U.S. heritage and steps we can take to make our programs and society as a whole more just and inclusive.

    We stand at an exciting moment of opportunity in the United States and globally. Please join us for this timely discussion!

    Learn more and register here:

    Jennifer Spreitzer

  • 4.  RE: Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines April 2021

    Posted 6 days ago
    Here's some good preservation news from Buffalo and its East Side which is 78% People of Color, 42% of the city's population, and has 30% of the city's jobs. Thanks to Empire State Development and PBN Preservation Buffalo Niagara, funds have been granted through a competitive process to nine commercial structures for stabilization.  For more information, see:   and this from the Buffalo News:

    "The idea to stabilize these buildings came from Preservation Buffalo Niagara in conjunction with East Side Avenues, a group of private and philanthropic organizations that have raised $8 million to support the state's East Side initiative.

    What makes the building fund program unusual, according to Jessie Fisher, Preservation Buffalo Niagara's executive director, is that the funds are going to degraded buildings that don't have an historic designation.
    'This state initiative says buildings are important because communities say they are important,' Fisher said."

    See these links as well:

    This is a creative and collaborative boost for a largely disinvested section of the City of Buffalo. Yea rah PBN!-- and NYS.

    Just had to spread this good news. Thanks,
    Lorna Peterson
    Buffalo NY

    Lorna Peterson
    Buffalo NY

  • 5.  RE: Share Your Announcements/Events/Deadlines April 2021

    Posted yesterday
    Dismantle Preservation  July 26-30In 2020, #DismantlePreservation launched to encourage conversations to help us collectively reconsider what historic preservation is and could be - as a practice and a profession. It has grown to become a nationally recognized initiative, recently being recognized by the National Council on Public History with an Honorable Mention for Excellence in Consulting.

    #DismantlePreservation is coming back July 26-30, 2021! This year's unconference will work to continue pushing cultural resource conversations in a range of directions and strives to exclusively feature current students/recent graduates (2-ish* years out from highest degree, certification, or educational intensive pursued*). People of all educational backgrounds are encouraged to submit an idea. Visit this link to learn more and to submit an idea!

    *An educational intensive does not have to be something hosted by an academic organization. Some examples of what qualifies: Victorian Society in America's Summer School, City of San Antonio's Wood Window Restoration Certification, or the ARCUS Fellows Program.

    *2-ish; priority will be given to recent grads, but feel free to submit an idea even if you are above 2-ish years.

    Sarah Marsom
    Heritage Resource Consultant
    Tiny Activist Project