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 year's 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 PM (EDT)Opening Plenary Session Featuring Joe Minicozzi
Session 22:00 PM (EDT)SHPO is Your Friend: Partners in Preservation
Session 46:00 PM (EDT)FORUM 2020~At Home Welcome Plenary – Commission Excellence Award Presentation – Best Practices –Technology
Session 57:00 PM (EDT)Underrepresented Communities Roundtable
Session 112:00 PM (EDT)Revising Ordinances: Seeking Effectiveness with Expanded Goals
Session 22:00 PM (EDT)Planning for Disasters: The Role of the Commission in Community Preparedness and Recovery
Session 34:00 PM (EDT)Best Practices in Conservation Districts
Session 46:00 PM (EDT)Commission Excellence Awards Presentation
Best Practices in Identification/Registration
Session 112:00 PM (EDT)Multivocal Histories: Using Digital Tools for Innovative Interpretation
Session 22:00 PM (EDT)Finding Funds for your Preservation Program: A Primer on Grant Writing and Application
Session 34:00 PM (EDT)What Do the Standards Mean to You? An Interpretation Debate
Session 46:00 PM (EDT)Commission Excellence Awards Presentation – Category: Best Practices in Protection
Session 57:00 PM (EDT)Confederate Monuments and Controversial History
Session 67:00 PM (EDT)Pretty Gritty Tour: Stadium High School and Neighborhood
Session 112:00 PM (EDT)Do You Have a Permit for That? Enforcement and Violations
Session 22:00 PM (EDT)Strategies for Developing Local Public Archaeology Programs
Session 34:00 PM (EDT)Going Old School: A Case Study in Effective Preservation Strategies with the Tacoma School District
Session 46:00 PM (EDT)Commission 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 112:00 PM (EDT)The Alley Answer: Addressing the Needs of a Growing Municipality in Historic Districts
Session 22:00 PM (EDT)Planning for Climate Change and Cultural Heritage
Session 34:00 PM (EDT)Welcome to the Gayborhood: Studying the Evolution of Denver’s Queer Spaces
Session 46:00 PM (EDT)Commission Excellence Award Presentation
Best Practices – Public Outreach/Advocacy
Session 57:00 PM (EDT)Trivia night
Session 68:00 PM (PDT)Pretty Gritty Tour: Salmon Beach
Session 112:00 PM (EDT)Tell Me Why, Tell Me How, Tell Me Who: Public Outreach Strategies for Historic Preservation Commissions
Session 22:00 PM (EDT)Design Review for Preservation Commissions
Session 34:00 PM (EDT)The More the Merrier: The Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force and the Search for Practical Solutions to Big Picture Issues
Session 46:00 PM (EDT)Pretty Gritty Tour: Pantages and Rialto: A Behind the Scenes Tour and History of the Renovations
Session 57:00 PM (EDT)Presentation and Featured Showing of the 1927 Silent Film, Eyes of the Totem
Session 22:00 PM (EDT)How to Create a Model Preservation Plan
Session 34:00 PM (EDT)FORUM 2020~At Home Closing Plenary & Commission Excellence Award Presentation
Commission of the Year


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