Preservation Leadership Training

Preservation Leadership Training

The Preservation Leadership Training® (PLT) series provides cutting-edge information for preservation leaders. The focus of these high-level trainings ranges from law to inclusion, from climate change to technology. There is also an annual PLT on real estate finance training by NDC .

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Preservation Leadership Training® TYPES

PLT: Capstone Experience is a place-based training in which participants are immersed in an experiential preservation project. Preservation skill development is guided by the needs of the project.  Participants are selected in a competitive application process that includes preservation skill and knowledge prerequisites.  The capstone experience results in a project report and presentation to the community partner and stakeholders.

PLT: Targeted focuses on a specific homogeneous audience that may include a range of preservation experience and knowledge.  The content and learning objectives are determined by audience needs. There is a strong interactive, networking component. This training type may be delivered in a blended platform (a mix of online and onsite training activities).

PLT: Intensive focuses on specific, high-level, challenging content areas for a heterogeneous audience.  Due to the challenging nature of the content, prerequisites will be in place to ensure that audience members can benefit from the content.  This training type lends itself to an e-learning format.

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2018 PLT Trainings

PLT Intensive–Association of African American Museums 

In order to participate in this PLT, attendees must register for the AAAM conference and complete an application by June 14, 2018. 
Wednesday, August 8, 2017 • Hampton, VA

Whether you’re a curator, interpreter, preservation practitioner, scholar, volunteer or docent within your museum, you’ll want to attend this intense workshop exploring the best practices in preserving the material and natural heritage of black museums and/or historic sites. Hear from national experts on topics that include preservation business planning, preservation planning for buildings, landscapes, and collections and strategic planning with a heavy focus on fundraising and advocacy to strengthen preservation projects and nonprofits for success.

Developed through a partnership between by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Association of African American Museums and National Trust for Historic Preservation.


PLT Targeted–Board Building and Preservation Planning Workshop

Application deadline for Letters of Intent has passed.

Thursday, September 20–Saturday, September 22 •  Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, MD

The National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will host a two-day workshop designed to address the specific needs of executive directors, trustees, and boards managing African American historic sites and museums.  Topic areas will include non-profit management, preservation planning, board development and fundraising strategies. Workshop facilitators will use highly interactive exercises, case studies, small group work, and assignments focused on the specific needs of participant organizations.  The workshop offers effective methods of advancing organizational goals and provides knowledge on the processes and skills to promote leadership development for building sustainable organizations. 

Brought to you by National Trust for Historic Preservation and made possible through the generous support of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.