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Forum Journal: Relevance and Resilience: Proceedings from PastForward Online 2020 (Vol. 33, No. 1) 

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The latest issue of Forum Journal captures the proceedings from PastForward Online 2020, the historic preservation movement’s first-ever all-virtual national conference which drew more than 4,000 registrants.

Like the national conference, Forum Journal opens with introductory remarks by President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Paul Edmondson. Paul’s remarks are followed with insightful keynotes by national thought leaders like Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, and Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, who both serve on the National Advisory Council for the Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. Walker and Ifill are followed by Governor Brian Vallo of the Pueblo of the Acoma, which is a National Trust Historic Site, and finally by actor and activist George Takei, who is a founder of the Japanese American National Museum and author of the graphic novel, They Called Us Enemy, a 2020 American Book Award winner.

Each of our plenary speakers expound on the conference theme of Resilience and Relevance through the lens of preservation as social justice, on the importance of telling the full American story, and about how histories of marginalized communities can best be represented in preservation practice. The speakers address painful pasts and the importance of not only preserving physical evidence of these truths, but that people, community, and social structures also need to be preserved.  All of the speakers share how preservation can be a tool for positive change moving forward. 

Importantly, the Journal then celebrates the “landmark” professional career of 2020 Crowninshield award-winner Mary Means who reflects on her four decades of dedicated work to revitalize Main Street communities across the country and who describes her take on the beneficial economic and social impacts of the Main Street initiative. 

Finally, this issue of Forum Journal also presents a summary of “takeaways” from the three highly interactive Town Hall sessions which sought to gather shared values for preservation practice and challenged all participants to think of new ways that historic preservation can be more effective in the future for three critical areas:  equity, resilience, and relevance.

Cover of a journal with the logo for PastForward Online 2020 on it

  • Introduction by Paul Edmondson
  • A Conversation about Philanthropy and Preservation as Justice by Darren Walker and Sherrilyn Ifill
  • Haakú, Híya’stíni, ee Síu’namasti: Pueblo of Acoma Concepts of Resilience and Promise by Governor Brian D. Vallo
  • Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Four Decades on Main Street by Mary Means
  • Honoring the Difficult Histories and Diverse Stories of Little Tokyo by George Takei and Tim Whalen
  • Coming Next: The National Impact Agenda by Leslie Canaan, Lisa Craig, Di Gao, Renee Kuhlman, Jim Lind berg, and Bonnie McDonald

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Author(s):Paul Edmondson, Darren Walker , Sherrilyn Ifill, Governor Brian D. Vallo, Mary Means, George Takei and Tim Whalen, Leslie Canaan, Lisa Craig, Di Gao, Renee Kuhlman, Jim Lind berg, and Bonnie McDonald
Volume:33
Issue:1
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Full issue of Volume 33, No. 1 of the Forum Journal published March 2021.
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Introduction   449 KB   1 version
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: This issue of Forum Journal contains proceedings from the PastForward Online 2020 conference. Articles consist of keynote remarks from plenary sessions as well highlights from town hall sessions. In the introduction, Paul Edmondson, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation contemplates the conference theme of Resilience and Relevance through the lens of preservation as social justice and reflects on the importance of telling the full American story.
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A conversation between Sherilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Darren Walker, president and CEO of the Ford Foundation examines how stories and histories of marginalized communities are represented in preservation practice and how moving forward, preservation can be a tool for social and cultural justice. The speakers address painful pasts and the importance of preserving physical evidence of these truths. Walker and Ifill also acknowledge the need to challenge ingrained assumptions within the profession. They note that marrying activism to the work of preservation creates a seamless story that recognizes past history to the relevance of the current moment.
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Governor of Acoma Pueblo, Brian Vallo, explains how as a tribal leader he fulfills his responsibility to mobilize and respond during the pandemic and how traditional knowledge guides the work of being a resilient community. In this resilience, it is not only structure and landscapes and sites that must be protected, but people, community and social structures also need to be preserved. He believes the pandemic gives opportunity to consider the true essence of who they are as Acoma people and how to ensure preservation of their culture.
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Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Four Decades on Main Street   768 KB   1 version
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Mary Means, recipient of the 2020 Louise du Pont Crowninshield award, reflects on four decades of work to revitalize Main Street communities across the country and the influence of the Main Street initiative to evolve historic preservation from a focus on architectural correctness to a place-based process.
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An interview with actor and activist George Takei uncovers how his early experience in a Japanese American relocation camp shaped his views on why we choose to preserve historic places, how telling difficult stories can lead us to reconciliation, and how preservation can contribute to the social justice goals of equity and inclusion.
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The town hall sessions at PastFoward Online 2020 provided a platform for those engaged in preservation across the country to connect and share ideas on issues of importance to the preservation community. The town halls launched a process that will inform an action plan going forward: the National Impact Agenda. This agenda will articulate shared values for preservation practice and how preservation can be more effective in three areas: equity, resilience, and relevance.

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