Preservation50 aims to enlist and develop as future leaders and public advocates, a community of individuals who are representative of an increasingly diverse America. Fully integrating diversity practices in preservation demonstrates Preservation50’s commitment to a more inclusive movement. Among the topics of interest are strategies and successes in engaging historically underrepresented constituencies in historic preservation. We have collected below some of the best-in-class resources to ensure the full American narrative is told. Let us know if you have found other great resources to add to this page.

Online Training

Este Lugar Vale, Preservation 101 for Latino Audiences: An online training video that provides an overview of the approaches, players, and policies that can help save Latino cultural resources.

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Miami’s Little Havana (Source: Wikipedia, photo by Infogmation)

Conscience Conversations: Conscience Conversations, online learning forums, take place the third Thursday of every month and spotlight the work of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. The monthly dialogue sessions offer an opportunity for members of the Coalition to learn more about each other’s work and engage in cross-border, peer-to-peer learning. With each interactive session, featured speakers share information on public programs at their Sites of Conscience that encourage civic engagement and action. Click here for recordings from recent conversations.

Inclusive Leadership Training (online): In this course, participants learn what successful 21st-century leaders look like and how to adopt their inclusive leadership style. Using research and best practices, as well as stories from great leaders and everyday people, participants will practice empowerment, accountability, courage, and humility—key leadership skills linked to inclusive, successful teams.

Programs & Publications

Preservation and Inclusion by the National Trust: Professional development and training resources, curated by the National Trust, to help preservationists engage diverse groups and preserve sites significant to historically underrepresented communities.

Reading List: Compiled as pre-reads for the 2015 PastForward National Preservation Conference, this list of resources helps individuals further explore the term “diversity” and address gaps in what we consider diverse historic places. These reads are also useful in examining how our existing programs and policies might change to allow broader perspectives as we designate and seek to preserve that which is considered “historic.”

NHL Theme Studies: A “thematic framework” for history and prehistory is a conceptual tool for evaluating the significance of cultural resources within or outside the National Park Service. The framework is an outline of major themes and concepts that help us to conceptualize American history. It is used to help identify cultural resources that embody America’s past and to describe and analyze the multiple layers of history encapsulated within each resource.

Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion: The mission of National Park Service’s (NPS) Office of Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion (RDI) is to champion for an organizational culture that is increasingly inclusive and participatory, which values the diverse ideas, experience and background of every individual, and empowers an innovative, flexible and resilient NPS to engage the opportunities and challenges of the future. RDI works collaboratively with NPS stakeholders to embed these best practices into the organization and provide the support needed to ensure their implementation.

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Joe Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia, PA. Photo courtesy of wikipedia

Grants and Funding

PreservationDirectory.com: The online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United States & Canada. Its goal is to foster the preservation of historic buildings, historic downtowns and neighborhoods, cultural resources and to promote heritage tourism by facilitating communication among historic preservation professionals and the general public. The website features financial resources together in one place for the benefit of the preservation community. Click here for resources and programs offered by government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

Diversity Affinity Group Preservation Organizations (National)

Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation: APIAHiP’s mission is to lead in the preservation and awareness of Asian and Pacific Islander American historic sites and heritage.

Association on American Indian Affairs: AAIA is a national Indian organization with offices in Maryland and Rhode Island. The organization is governed by an all-Native American Board of Directors from across the country. Its programming falls into three main categories: youth/education, cultural preservation and sovereignty.

Latinos in Heritage Conservation: LHC, emerging in 2014, is a grassroots network dedicated to advocating for the preservation of Latino history, culture, and places throughout the United States.

National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers: The Association is a national non-profit membership organization of Tribal government officials who implement federal and tribal preservation laws. NATHPO’s overarching purpose is to support the preservation, maintenance and revitalization of the culture and traditions of Native peoples of the United States. This is accomplished most importantly through the support of Tribal Historic Preservation Programs as acknowledged by the National Park Service.

Rainbow Heritage Network: RHN is a national organization for the recognition and preservation of sites, history, and heritage associated with sexual and gender minorities in the United States. This includes, but is not limited to, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ).

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Rainbow Bridge National Monument in Utah. (Photo by Sbuckley – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5844409)

National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites: The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) supports and promotes the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women’s participation in American life. The Collaborative makes women’s contributions to history visible so that all women’s experiences and potential are fully valued.