Preservation & Advocacy

The most effective preservation advocate is an informed preservation advocate. Stay up to date not only on policy advancements that are strengthening our movement but also on threats that historic and cultural resources are facing. Learn best practices for compelling preservation advocacy, and be the first to discover new tools to maximize the power of your work. Develop a knack for timely, impactful advocacy.


The field of historic preservation rests on a broad foundation of knowledge, so effective leadership requires a thorough background on programs that inform our discipline. Brush up on your fundamentals here.

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Training: Just Do It! Grassroots Advocacy for Preservation

Grassroots advocacy is changing the face of American politics and the direction of policy. Learn how stories, documentation, and outreach can be turned into action plans for preservation. Hear grassroots leaders share how they used unconventional tools and government funding to protect valuable community resources. Be inspired by their experiences to jump into action to advocate for your community.

This session was part of the pre-conference content for PastForward Online 2021.

Preservation & Lobbying

Lobbying 101 is designed to acquaint you with the lobbying techniques and resources available to aid in advocacy. Although the focus is on federal level, the information and recommendations can be applied to state and local advocacy for historic preservation as well.

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Advocacy Toolkit

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Training: Advocacy in Focus

Whether making a specific policy ask or maintaining sustained support, community revitalization professionals and historic preservationists need to develop and hone advocacy skills. View recordings of this online course offered through the Main Street America Institute and presented by Preservation Leadership Forum for an in-depth overview of five key advocacy areas. This 5-part series features expert speakers and practitioners from across the community revitalization and preservation fields.

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Advocacy Resource Center

At any given moment, preservationists need to serve as advocates for a variety of issues. These resources—from tools to talking points—can equip preservation leaders to make a strong case both on the Hill and at home. The broad range of available resources addresses a variety of national- and local-level issues.

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