Barbara Pahl is the Vice President for Western Field Operations at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize communities.
Since joining the Trust, Ms. Pahl has played a key role in the development of the National Trust BARN AGAIN! Program, the Heritage Tourism Program, the initiative to save historic neighborhood schools, the Public Lands Initiative and Explore Colorado, a partnership with KUSA 9NEWS in Denver to promote heritage tourism in Colorado. She led the Trust’s effort to save Virginia and Nevada City, Montana, Travelers Rest, and to keep the historic red buses in Glacier National Park. For these projects and other preservation work in Montana, Ms. Pahl received the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award in 2005. In 2007, Ms Pahl received the Dana Crawford Award in recognition of her contributions towards saving Colorado’s built heritage.
During her time at the National Trust, Ms. Pahl has been a leading advocate for the preservation of historic places in our national parks. Under her leadership, the Trust led the campaign to save the McGraw Ranch in Rocky Mountain National Park and has been a leading national advocate for the preservation of historic lodges, chalets, transportation vehicles, and the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park. She is currently worked with Grand Teton National Park to convert the historic White Grass Dude Ranch into the Western Center for Historic Preservation where park employees, contractors, volunteers, and students can learn how to rehabilitate and reuse historic rustic structures.
Before coming to the Trust, Pahl was Curator of Material Culture with the Colorado Historical Society where she developed a major exhibition on mining. She also worked for the Colorado SHPO and the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places and Historic Engineering Record.
Pahl received a B.A. degree in American Studies from Skidmore College in 1975 and a M.A. degree in American Studies from the George Washington University in 1980.