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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2019 PLT Trainings


Preservation Leadership Training ® at Saving Places Conference
Thursday, February 7 | Denver, Colorado
Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation at Colorado Preservation Inc's annual conference for a full day of intensive learning focused on building capacity for local non-profit historic preservation advocacy and 'friends' groups. Participants will learn practical, transferable skills for use in their own communities. AIA and APA credits provided.

Preservation Leadership Training®: ReImagining Intersections at Historic Sites

February 27–March 1, 2019 | Washington, D.C.
This PLT, developed in partnership with Museum Hue, will provide attendees with the tools and strategies to center underrepresented stories at historic sites.  Over three days, attendees will learn best practices for interpreting, collecting, and building partnerships to replace exclusionary narratives with ones that honor the full American experience.

Preservation Leadership Training ® Repair Work: Telling the Full History at Our Historic Sites
March 27, 2018 | Hartford, CT
For decades public historians have been working to tell more complete American stories at sites around the country. However, due to past preservation and collections practices, limited material culture and resources are available to help tell those stories. Attendees at this PLT will learn strategies and pick up tools to help them understand, interpret, and explain their sites’ full histories, even in the absence of collections, material culture, and documentation. Case studies and group work will be focused on tell the full history of the American past.

Preservation Leadership Training® Targeted: Board Building and Preservation Planning Workshop
March 28–30, 2018 | Portland, OR
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.