Fifty years ago, the National Historic Preservation Act changed America’s relationship with its past. Created to protect historic properties threatened by development, its systems have saved collections, generated jobs, attracted private investment, and built a new understanding of the importance of heritage. But there is widespread concern. What’s the future of preservation? Who are the emerging preservationists? What are their interests? How can museums help ensure that preservation is sustainable over the next 50 years? You will hear from successful managers of three object-based, community-focused preservation projects funded through Save America’s Treasures, who will share their insights about what worked, what didn’t, and how to ensure the past has a future.


  • Connie Bodner


  • Jan Seidler Ramirez
  • Jillian Galle
  • Patricia Capone
  • April Counceller