FORUM 2020

Preservation Coast to Coast ~ at Home


About This Event

The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions invites you to join us for
FORUM 2020: Preservation Coast to Coast ~ Home.

Since we can't all be together in Tacoma this year, please join us online for an exciting series of presentations, tours and networking opportunities that will build on the diverse and rich content originally planned for our in-person event.

Mark your calendars for FORUM 2020: Preservation Coast to Coast ~ at Home, held online August 3-9, 2020!

FORUM 2020: Preservation Coast to Coast ~ at Home will feature many of our longstanding traditions such as the Opening and Closing Plenaries, the Commission Excellence Awards, interactive educational sessions, roundtables, and as always, a chance to connect with fellow preservationists from across the country. And since we can't all be there in person, we will bring you a series of thoughtfully curated virtual tours that will spotlight the rich history and historic resources of Tacoma. Each day will consist of multiple educational sessions, awards, featured speakers and events beginning at noon (EDT). All sessions and some virtual tours will be certified for AIA and AICP continuing education credits - for more details - check out our Schedule at a Glance. Check back for updates! Final program and full schedule of sessions and speaker details will be posted here in advance of the conference!

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Date & Time

August 3rd - 9th, 2020

Planning Partners

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, the City of Tacoma, Washington State Dept of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, Washington Trust For Historic Preservation, National Park Service


Join us online for
forum 2020 ~ At Home!

  • Live sessions with Q&A
  • Recorded presentations on-demand
  • Spotlight of local projects
  • Interactive roundtables
  • Commission Excellence Awards
  • Virtual tours of Tacoma landmarks
  • View sessions after the event
This flat rate of $100 will give you all-access to the valuable content, interactive resources and of course, the fun. See you at FORUM 2020 ~ At Home!
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The Schedule at a Glance (Eastern Daylight Time)

This years FORUM will be a fully virtual event hosted through zoom, please make sure to create your zoom account in advance of the conference.

Session 112:00 PMPresentation and Roundtable featuring Joe Minicozzi
Session 22:00 PMHow did We Get Here? The Preservation Movement and Community Engagement
Session 34:00 PMLeading the Community in a Time of Change; Rethinking Our Role and Relationship to Preservation
Session 46:00 PMOpening Plenary & Commission Excellence Award Presentation
Category: Best Practices in Technology
Session 112:00 PMRevising Ordinances: Seeking Effectiveness with Expanded Goals
Session 22:00 PMPlanning for Disasters: The Role of the Commission in Community Preparedness and Recovery
Session 34:00 PMBest Practices in Conservation Districts
Session 46:00 PMCommission Excellence Awards Presentation
Category: Best Practices in Identification/Registration
Session 57:00 PMHow to Date and Appreciate Mid-Century Buildings
Session 112:00 PMMultivocal Histories: Using Digital Tools for Innovative Interpretation
Session 22:00 PMAlternative Materials for Preservation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Session 34:00 PMWhat Do the Standards Mean to You? An Interpretation Debate
Session 46:00 PMCommission Excellence Awards Presentation – Category: Best Practices in Protection
Session 57:00 PMPretty Gritty tour of local Tacoma landmarks
Session 112:00 PMDo You Have a Permit for That? Enforcement and Violations
Session 22:00 PMUncertain Futures for Underrepresented Resources
Session 36:00 PMCommission Excellence Awards Presentation
Category: The John and Sue Renaud Award for Federal/State Leadership to Advance Historic Preservation at the Local Level
Category: The Daniel L. Becker Professionalism Award for Municipal Leadership
Session 47:00 PMFeatured Roundtable
Session 112:00 PMThe Alley Answer: Addressing the Needs of a Growing Municipality in Historic Districts
Session 22:00 PMPlanning for Climate Change and Cultural Heritage
Session 34:00 PMWelcome to the Gayborhood: Studying the Evolution of Denver’s Queer Spaces
Session 46:00 PMCommission Excellence Award Presentation
Category: Best Practices in Public Outreach/Advocacy
Category: Volunteer
Session 112:00 PMTell Me Why, Tell Me How, Tell Me Who: Practical Outreach and Educational Toolkit for Local Preservation
Session 22:00 PMTools for Design Review
Session 34:00 PMThe More the Merrier: The Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force and the Search for Practical Solutions to Big Picture Issues
Session 46:00 PMPretty Gritty tour of local Tacoma landmarks
Session 57:00 PMPresentation and Featured Showing of the 1927 Silent Film, Eyes of the Totem
Session 112:00 PMStrategies for the Successful Development of Local Community Based Public Archaeology Programs
Session 22:00 PMPreservation Plano 150 – Generating a Model Preservation Plan
Session 34:00 PMClosing Plenary & Commission Excellence Award Presentation
Category: Commission of the Year


The FORUM Conference wouldn't be possible without our amazing planning partners.

Planning Partner_DAHP
Planning Partner_City of Tacoma