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april 11, 2014

Diversity and the National Trust: How Are We Doing?

Promoting diversity and place is one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s preservation priorities. In the last few years we’ve been working hard to support, engage, collaborate, and empower diverse communities. As part of a research project to put together a cohesive Diversity Action Plan for the National Trust, we’re looking to hear from diversity scholars about how we are doing. Please fill out this quick three question (6 min) survey by April 18, 2014. If you have any questions feel free to email Priya Chhaya at

Imagining a More Inclusive Preservation Program

4-11-14 Enews Image.jpgSince 1992, the National Trust’s Diversity Scholarship Program has supported the attendance of community leaders new to preservation and emerging preservation professionals at the National Preservation Conference. More than 2,100 individuals from diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds have participated in the program to date. Last year at the National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, we interviewed six scholars to learn more about their work with groups historically underrepresented in the preservation movement, the role of intangible heritage in their respective community’s preservation practice, and how their work differs from how preservation organizations have traditionally approached preservation.  

Click here for the video. Scholars interviewed include: Shawnrece Campbell, Vincent Hall, Manuel Huerta, Warren James, Dora Quach, and Shayne Watson.

Forum members will be able to access the full Spring Issue of the Forum Journal later this month. 

Becoming a More Inclusive Preservation Organization

Most preservation organizations have taken steps to embrace the idea of diversity. The composition of their staff better reflects the changing faces of Americans. Their programming has expanded to tell previously untold stories. These organizations are motivated as much by a desire to do the “right” thing, as they are by the realization that in order to stay afloat, their focus needs to resonate with a broader group of stakeholders.  A commitment to diversity has to be ongoing. Existing programs and practices will need to be rethought and revised periodically.  Read more

Job Opportunities in Historic Preservation

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The Diversity Scholarship Program is partially supported through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of the Interior, National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Views and conclusions in this material are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the US Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the US Government.