PLACES’ Advancing Leaders

In an effort to support emerging leaders and amplify youth perspectives in the field of preservation, place stewardship, and community building, the Washington Trust is proud to offer the PLACES’ Advancing Leaders (PALs) Program.* This program supports first-time attendance at the PLACES conference for students and young professionals with an interest in developing their network, growing as leaders, and deepening their understanding of place-based professions. 

*Formerly called the PreserveWA Fellowship

Apply now to join our 2024 cohort of PALs! 

Applications are due July 9.

Program Overview

PALs will attend PLACES 2024, held in Walla Walla, WA, October 16–18. Each participant will be matched with a leader in a related field to serve as a mentor, connecting with their mentor prior to and/or during the conference to discuss educational and professional paths. As a cohort, participants will be connected with each other, members of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation team, and alumni of the program. 

Following the conference, each participant will be asked to write an article about what they learned as a first-time attendee (or other relevant topic) to be published in the Washington Trust’s quarterly magazine, This Place.

This award covers the cost of registration for PLACES, lodging for the conference, and a stipend for travel. 


In alignment with the goals of the program, applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Student or young professional, including those young to the field (within 5 years of professional experience) 
  • In historic preservation, community development, architecture, history, archaeology, anthropology, engineering, construction, economics, sociology, or a related field
  • Demonstrated interest in preservation, place stewardship, economic development, and/or the Main Street Approach
  • Currently residing in Washington State
Application and Timeline

Apply at this link by July 9 at 11:59 p.m.

Candidates will be informed of their acceptance status and any next steps by the end of July. Please let us know if this timeline presents any challenges for you.

Have questions?

Please contact Lydia Felty, Main Street Specialist.