Preservation & Inclusion

Today’s preservation movement recognizes the need for more complete, inclusive representation of communities across the nation, which are increasingly socio-economically, racially, ethnically, culturally, and generationally diverse. Preservation efforts must prioritize inclusion in order to tell an accurate and comprehensive story—and to remain relevant. This work of examining and changing  preservation practice, from storytelling to community engagement, will lead to a more inclusive preservation program.

Tell the Full Story

The National Trust and its partners are raising $25 million to create and invest in the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. Our mission: to draw attention to the remarkable stories that evoke centuries of African American activism and achievement, and to tell our nation’s full history.


Interpretation & Storytelling

An important part of building a more inclusive preservation movement is telling the full American story. Every place holds layers of meaning that connect together to tell the whole history of that space. In this section are resources for understanding and interpreting historic sites across the country. 

Preservation Practice 

In addition to telling the full narrative of a historic site, preservationists need to reconsider standard practices in the field. From community engagement to making sure the organization is inclusive in both staff and mission, these resources provide strategies to build a more equitable preservation program. 

Interpretation & Storytelling

Preservation Practice

Diversity Scholarship Program

The Diversity Scholarship Program supports the attendance of leaders from underrepresented communities new to preservation and of emerging preservation professionals at the National Trust's annual conference, PastForward.

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