A unique talk, stimulating discussion, and the chance to connect with Young Preservationists – welcome to ‘Cultivating Creativity + NextGen Preservationists’ hosted by Indow! This event will take place on November 14th, 8-10pm, as part of the PastForward Conference 2018.


Join us for a national gathering of preservation professionals, with a special guest speaker. We are proud to welcome visual artist Ben Wood to the wonderful surroundings of the Haas-Lilienthal House, operated and managed by San Francisco Heritage. Ben is a recipient of the California Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation; in his work with large-scale public projection and installations, he combines media technology with historical subject matter to create site-specific video installations to communicate meaningful stories about people and place.

‘Cultivating Creativity + NextGen Preservationists’ attendees will learn the behind-the-scenes process for how Ben creates engaging work. He will discuss how he strategically selects sites to engage the community through installations and you will gain some inspiration to create a project of your own.

The event will take place in the Haas-Lilienthal House, an 1886 Queen Anne-style Historic House Museum, from 8 to 10pm; Ben’s talk begins at 9. Catering will be provided by the food truck MoBowl, and your ticket will include a free dinner. This is non-alcoholic event, though there will be time to mingle and network with the other guests before heading out the sample the city’s bars for the evening.

‘Cultivating Creativity + NextGen Preservationists’ is an exclusive event for which demand is high. Tickets are free, but strictly limited to 100. If you are interested, book your reservation fast using the form below. If you have to drop out, please let us know immediately so we can pass your ticket to the next person in the waiting list.

All You Need To Know

When: Wednesday November 14, 8-10pm.

Where: Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin Street, San Francisco.

Who: Groundbreaking visual artist and storyteller Ben Wood.

How Much: Your ticket is completely free.

With Thanks To: Indow, WPA, NTHP and APT.

Update 11/9/18: We have sold out of our initial round of tickets but please join the waitlist! We will release additional tickets prior to the event and we may have some additional folks drop out, meaning more room for those on hold. We will send out emails to the waitlist on Tuesday and Wednesday (11/13 and 11/14) with updates.

Young Preservationists
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Historic preservation is becoming increasingly popular with a younger, energetic, generation. Organizations like the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists are leading the way in increasing engagement among young people, encouraging more and more to become involved every year. Talks like ‘Cultivating Creativity & NextGen Preservationists’ bring attention to the role of the young preservationists in the future of the sector, and increase opportunities for those who wish to make a difference saving places.

Our Speaker

Since 1999, Ben Wood has established himself as a groundbreaker in the merging of art, history and technology. His work enlivens historic places while evoking voices and stories from submerged and forgotten persons, histories and cultures.

Ben received his California Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation for his work to reveal an 18th century mural at Mission Dolores, and more recently the Richard Moe and Julia Grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for a projected video artwork at our venue, the Haas-Lilienthal House.

He is known locally for large-scale public displays on Coit Tower, Dewey Monument, within Mission Dolores, and other notable San Francisco landmarks. He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Master’s in Visual Studies from M.I.T.


Our Sponsors


Founded in Portland, OR in 2010, Indow produces custom window inserts that increase insulation, save energy and preserve historic windows. Indow is honored to work with historic preservation organizations all over the country, and regularly hosts free Window Hero Webinars featuring window restoration experts and master craftsmen who teach people how to care for their old windows.



Window Preservation Alliance (WPA)

The mission of the Window Preservation Alliance (WPA) is to inspire the preservation of original windows by educating the public about the beauty, craftsmanship, and energy efficiency of original windows and supporting the people and businesses who restore them. The WPA is a trade association with membership throughout North America. We thank them for their contribution to this event and for their work in preservation.



Association for Preservation Technology (APT)

The Association for Preservation Technology International is a multi-disciplinary membership organization dedicated to promoting technology related to historic preservation. Its members include preservationists, architects, engineers, conservators, developers, historians, students, and more. We thank APT for their contribution to this event.



National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP)

Conference hosts and largest supporters of historic preservation in the US, NTHP is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places. In 2018, the National Trust for Historic Preservation launched ’40 Under 40: People Saving Places’, a list that recognizes the achievements of the next generation of preservation leaders. Unwavering in support of projects big, small and everything in between, we thank them for their contribution to this event and support of emerging leaders.