Forum 2014: Call for Session Proposals

Do you have a topic that you’d like to share with FORUM attendees? The Steering Committee is now accepting proposals for educational sessions, panels, and roundtables on a wide variety of topics related to local preservation programs, cultural resource management, preservation planning, archaeology, and related topics.

Download the Call for Proposals

Dates and Schedule
The conference dates are Wednesday July 16 through Sunday July 20, 2014. Most educational sessions and panels will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (July 17, 18, 19) and will be scheduled to ensure that the program is offered at the optimal time for the intended audience(s).

Attendees at FORUM are expected to represent a broad spectrum of interests in historic preservation, planning, and cultural resource management, from both traditional and some not-so-traditional perspectives.

NAPC’s core audiences are the citizen members of local historic preservation commissions and design review boards, municipal staff, consultants, local elected officials, State Historic Preservation Office staff, and Federal agencies, including the National Park Service and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

The core audiences for the Statewide Conference on Heritage/Byways to the Past include design, planning, and cultural resource consultants working on transportation projects, Pennsylvania state agency staff, design professionals, heritage tourism professionals, and citizen historic preservation advocates.

The attendance for FORUM 2014 is expected to exceed 500 people from across the country.  The 2012 NAPC conference, held in Norfolk, Virginia, attracted more than 460 people from 44 states.  The 2013 Statewide Conference on Heritage, held in Pittsburgh, drew 388 attendees from across Pennsylvania and neighboring states.  The 2014 Steering Committee expects to exceed both of these attendance figures.  Given NAPC’s national scope, we expect to attract attendees from all corners of the United States, and from communities of all sizes and demographics.  Owing to the proximity of Philadelphia to the dense population centers of Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, the Committee also expects to see strong attendance numbers from these areas.

Content and Themes for Sessions
There is no official theme for FORUM, but the Steering Committee has identified a number of key topics that we believe are of particular interest to our core audiences; proposals do not need to be limited to these topics.

Click here for a more detailed list of session ideas and topics

In addition to covering a broad range of issues, we also want to provide some depth by offering tracks of sessions that explore various dimensions – history, legal, design, planning, community context – of certain issues. Sessions that are of interest to individuals of various skill and knowledge levels – from the newly appointed volunteer historical commission member to the most seasoned cultural resource professional to the multifaceted town planner to the local code enforcement official – are encouraged. If your session is selected, a member of the Steering Committee will work with you to incorporate feedback from the selection committee, identify other panel members/speakers if necessary, and develop the session content and logistics.

Conference sponsors may be provided with the opportunity to identify themselves as the sponsor of a particular session. The Steering Committee will work with the session organizer and participants to identify appropriate sponsors and potential conflicts prior to committing any sponsor to a particular session.

Session Formats and Length*
Educational programs at FORUM will generally fit into one of the following formats:

Presentations and Panel Discussions – standard slide-illustrated lecture format featuring one or more speakers presenting different aspects of a single project or issue with time for audience Q&A. Panels will typically include 2-4 speakers presenting differing perspectives on a single topic or issue, with a single moderator. The Moderator will typically engage the panelists in discussion to probe central themes/issues.

Roundtable – facilitated discussions amongst participants that are intended to allow for attendees to share experiences, best practices, and/or problem solve around a central topic. Roundtables typically feature some introductory remarks/presentations, but devote the bulk of the timeslot to discussion and report-back.

*In order to maximize space and offer diverse content, most sessions will be 90 minutes. However, the Committee will consider allocating a longer timeblock for complex issues that require more time or involve multiple speakers.

Speaker Expenses
The Steering Committee anticipates providing discounted registration rates to speakers as well as limited reimbursement for eligible travel expenses. Further details will be provided to selected speakers.

Do you have questions or would like to discuss an idea? Contact any of the following members of the Steering Committee.
Jennifer Horn, PresPA, 717-234-2310 ext. 19,
Joe Baker, PennDOT, 717-705-1482,
Cory Kegerise, PHMC, 215-219-3824,
Paul Trudeau, NAPC, 706-369-5881,