PLACE, RACE, AND STORY: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation

PLACE, RACE, AND STORY: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation

Author Talk with Ned Kaufman

Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30pm

Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, Manhattan

 Join us for a discussion with author, teacher Ned Kaufman about his new book Place, Race, and Story, in which he shows how central themes in the American experience shape the preservation of heritage—themes of race and diversity, progress and tradition, love of place and lust for property. Ranging from the eighteenth-century roots of preservation practice to the dilemmas facing New York today, these essays, many available for the first time, outline a re-energized, progressive preservation practice for the 21st century.

 Through big-picture essays considering preservation across time and studies of specific sites, each chapter traces the themes of place, race, and story. From the African Burial Ground and the Audubon Ballroom in New York to the sugar plantation at Hanapepe, Hawai`i, Place, Race, and Story will inform, provoke controversy, and give the next generation of preservationists pathbreaking tools for meeting the heritage challenges of the future.

 Ned Kaufman is the author of studies ranging from Victorian Gothic to the management of public lands and historic sites, and he is also director of research and training at Rafael Viñoly Architects and a teacher at the Pratt Institute’s graduate program in Historic Preservation.

 RSVP required: or 212-228-2781

Free Admission but space is limited.

 Co-Sponsored by the Historic Districts Council and Neighborhood Preservation Center.

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