Stonewall 50: Defining LGBTQ Site Preservation, at Columbia’s Earl Hall

April 6, 2019 | 1:00pm-5:00pm

Earl Hall (Columbia)
2980 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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A symposium on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots co-presented by Columbia GSAPP, the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project and QSAPP

April 6, 2019
Columbia University, Avery Hall, Wood Auditorium
The day will begin with a walking tour of Greenwich Village,
meeting at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street at 10:00am
FREE and open to the public (advance RSVP required)


Coliumbia GSAPP Stonewall symposium

A key principle of historic preservation is the power of places; a conviction that extant places matter and that they can inform current generations about the lives of people and events of the past.

For over one hundred years, professional preservationists and local citizens around the world have advocated for the preservation of architectural monuments and places where famous people lived or where momentous events occurred.

In recent years, the focus of preservation has expanded to include more diverse buildings, people, and stories. But the preservation of sites of importance to the LGBTQ communities has lagged until recently. It was not until 1999 that the first LGBTQ site, Stonewall, was listed on the National Register. In North America and parts of Europe activists have been engaged in identification and interpretation or reinterpretation of LGBTQ sites, but this has been a slow process and in many parts of the world, where LGBTQ rights are suppressed, such examination would still be an impossibility. This symposium examines the progress and challenges of preserving sites of significance to LGBTQ communities and, by extension, to the heritage of cities and nations around the world.

The symposium, located at Earl Hall on Columbia’s Morningside Heights Campus from 1:00-5:00 PM is preceded by walking tours hosted by NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project beginning at Christopher Park (adjacent to Stonewall Inn) at 10:00 AM and is followed by the dedication of Earl Hall’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places by Ann Kansfield (CC ‘98) and a celebratory reception at 5:30 PM. RSVP is available for each of portion of the event here.


Symposium Schedule

  • Introduction by Andrew Dolkart (MSHP ‘77), Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia GSAPP, Co-Director, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
  • Recognizing LGBTQ Sites in the United States
    Moderated by Amanda Davis (MSHP ’06), NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
    Cate Fosl, Director, Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, University of Louisville
    Nick Large, GLBT Historical Society, Board of Directors, San Francisco
    Shayne Watson, Architectural Historian & Preservation Planner, Watson Heritage Consulting, San Francisco
  • LGBTQ Site Preservation: An International Perspective
    Moderated by Ken Lustbader (MSHP ’93), Co-Director, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
    Ankit Bhuptani, Gay & Lesbian Vaishnava Association, Mumbai
    Matt Cook, Professor of Modern History, University of London
    Michael Ighodaro, Assistant Professor of Global LGBTI Studies, The New School, New York
  • Reinterpreting the House Museum
    Moderated by Jay Shockley (MSHP NG ’80), Co-Director, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
    Susan Ferentinos, Public History Researcher, Bloomington
    Barbara Lau, Executive Director, Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, Durham
    Ken Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions, Historic New England

Free and open to the public with RSVP

Co-Organized by NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, QSAPP and the Office of the University Chaplain as part of the Stonewall 50 Consortium.


Image: The sign reading “Queer Symposium” on the lap of Alma Mater created by QSAPP students on February 208th, 2019 references an image on the cover of the first edition of Pride of Lions: The Newspaper of the Gay People at Columbia in April 1972. Where a sign read “Gay Dance” and pointed to Earl Hall, the location of meetings and dances of the first ever university sanctioned LGBT student group, the Student Homophile League, founded in 1966, which still exists as the Columbia Queer Alliance.