PAST EVENT

Stonewall50: Historic Preservation and LGBT History

May 1, 2019 | 6:30pm-8:00pm

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The history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people has been bulldozed – literally and figuratively – and given almost no due. But in recent years there has been a flood of recognition of the importance of LGBTQ sites and the history connected to them.

This panel, hosted by Village Preservation, will explore the evolution of recognition of LGBTQ history in historic preservation in New York City, and how such efforts further the cause of understanding and support for LGBTQ people. Featuring Amanda Davis, Project Manager at the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project; Victoria Munro, Executive Director of the Alice Austin House; John Reddick, Architectural historian, and Columbia University Community Scholar; and Andrew Berman, Executive Director of Village Preservation.

Speakers will look at the groundbreaking efforts in 1999 to get Stonewall listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places – the first site ever so recognized for connection to LGBTQ history – to a wide range of successful and failed attempts to protect LGBTQ landmarks in New York City.

 

 

 

 

PAST EVENT

Upper West Side PRIDE: Walking in LGBTQ Footsteps, beyond Stonewall

May 14, 2019 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

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Explore Pride beyond Stonewall and Greenwich Village! Guides from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project will make their way uptown for a special Upper West Side walking tour. Beginning at Lincoln Center’s Revson Fountain, this walk will visit LGBT historic  sites like writer James Baldwin’s residence, the Ansonia (which once housed the legendary Continental Baths), the Dakota Apartments (once home to composer Leonard Bernstein, among others), and stroll by the places where LGBTQ history made its mark, ending in Central Park.

Proceeds for this tour support the efforts of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. Tour will last approximately 1 ½ hours and will take place rain or shine.

 

PAST EVENT

Connecticut State Historic Preservation Conference

May 17, 2019 | 10:45am-12:00pm

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Amanda Davis, Project manager, and Kath LaFrank, of the New York State Historic Preservation Office, are delighted to participate in the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Conference as panelists for “The Meaning of it All: How to write an impactful significance statement for State and National Register Nominations.” In November 2017, the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project successfully nominated the Caffe Cino to the National Register of Historic Places, following its listing on the New York State Register in September. Davis and LaFrank will discuss the Caffe Cino as a case study.

PAST EVENT

Tour & Toast in Celebration of Stonewall 50: Walk with the Experts Documenting the City’s LGBT History

June 6, 2019 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

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One of Three Limited Opportunities to
Support the Project and Learn about LGBT History

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the history-making Stonewall uprising. In honor of #Stonewall50, we’re walking the Village and sharing the history of the people, places and events that have shaped LGBT — and American — history. Join us; your ticket purchase directly supports the Project’s work.

 

This 1 ½ hour-long walking tour of Greenwich Village is led by the expert team from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, the first initiative to uncover the city’s hidden LGBT past. This walk will remind you why we march in celebration of Pride! Starting at Christopher Park, walk and learn about the long-standing oppressive practices which led to the 1969 Stonewall uprising and, before that, the 1966 “Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar.

The Project’s website is creating a place-based record of LGBT history in NYC. Your contribution will directly benefit the ongoing work of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project to research and document more historic spaces in New York City and includes one complimentary drink at Julius’ Bar at the end of the tour. The walk will take place rain or shine.

Photo: Participants of the Stonewall uprising in front of the bar, June 29, 1969. Gift of The Estate of Fred W. McDarrah.

 

Promotional support for this event provided, in part, by the generous support of American Express, Con Edison, and the NYC & Company Foundation.

 

 

PAST EVENT

Tour & Toast in Celebration of Stonewall 50: Walk with the Experts Documenting the City’s LGBT History

June 24, 2019 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

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One of Three Limited Opportunities to
Support the Project and Learn about LGBT History

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the history-making Stonewall uprising. In honor of #Stonewall50, we’re walking the Village and sharing the history of the people, places and events that have shaped LGBT — and American — history. Join us; your ticket purchase directly supports the Project’s work.

This 1 ½ hour-long walking tour of Greenwich Village is led by the expert team from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, the first initiative to uncover the city’s hidden LGBT past. This walk will remind you why we march in celebration of Pride! Starting in Washington Square Park, walk and learn about the long-standing oppressive practices which led to the 1969 Stonewall uprising and, before that, the 1966 “Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar.

The Project’s website is creating a place-based record of LGBT history in NYC. Your contribution will directly benefit the ongoing work of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project to research and document more historic spaces in New York City and includes one complimentary drink at Julius’ Bar at the end of the tour. The walk will take place rain or shine.

 

Promotional support for this event provided, in part, by the generous support of American Express, Con Edison, and the NYC & Company Foundation.

 

PAST EVENT

Tour & Toast in Celebration of Stonewall 50: Walk with the Experts Documenting the City’s LGBT History

June 27, 2019 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

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One of Three Limited Opportunities to

Support the Project and Learn about LGBT History

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the history-making Stonewall uprising. In honor of #Stonewall50, we’re walking the Village and sharing the history of the people, places and events that have shaped LGBT — and American — history. Join us; your ticket purchase directly supports the Project’s work.

This 1 ½ hour-long walking tour of Greenwich Village is led by the expert team from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, the first initiative to uncover the city’s hidden LGBT past. This walk will remind you why we march in celebration of Pride! Starting at Christopher Park, walk and learn about the long-standing oppressive practices which led to the 1969 Stonewall uprising and, before that, the 1966 “Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar.

The Project’s website is creating a place-based record of LGBT history in NYC. Your contribution will directly benefit the ongoing work of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project to research and document more historic spaces in New York City and includes one complimentary drink at Julius’ Bar at the end of the tour. The walk will take place rain or shine.

 

Promotional support for this event provided, in part, by the generous support of American Express, Con Edison, and the NYC & Company Foundation.

PAST EVENT

DDC Talks: Focus on City-owned LGBT Historic Sites

April 17, 2019 | 10:00am-12:00pm

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All members of the public are welcome to join us for DDC Talks, a discussion of LGBT historic sites with the NCY Department of Design and Construction (DDC). No RSVP necessary.

Project co-directors and staff will provide an overview of historically-significant public spaces such as parks and City-owned properties that predate the 1969 Stonewall uprising, as well as the challenges related to official recognition and preservation of City sites relating to the community.

This course is registered with the AIA Continuing Education program. AIA members in attendance will receive two hours of CES credit. Other licensed professionals ay also receive credit in accordance with the applicable requirements of their particular licensing boards.

 

 

 

Spreading the word about “Stonewall: The Basics”

April 15, 2019

We’re grateful to the Windy City Times for their coverage of our newly-announced “Stonewall: The Basics” factsheet.

Co-produced by the Project, Making Gay History, the New York Public Library, GLSEN, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Stonewall 50 Consortium, “Stonewall: The Basics” is a new FAQ-style primer on the historic Stonewall uprising and an easy-to-understand guide to the people, circumstances, and legacy of the Stonewall uprising, which began in New York City’s Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969.

Read more via Windy City Times (here).

Leaders in LGBTQ History Documentation, Interpretation, and Outreach Create Stonewall 50 Factsheet

April 15, 2019

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS CONTACT
Cristiana Peña / Nick Porter
Peña + Porter
(516) 320-0038 / (909) 262-5920
[email protected] / [email protected]

STONEWALL: RIOT OR UPRISING?
BIRTH OF THE LGBTQ MOVEMENT OR TURNING POINT?

New Factsheet Answers All the Basic Questions about Stonewall as Pride Month and World Pride in NYC Draw Nearer

NEW YORK, NY — Monday, April 15, 2019 — The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, Making Gay History, the New York Public Library, GLSEN, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Stonewall 50 Consortium announce the release of “Stonewall: The Basics,” a new FAQ-style primer on the historic Stonewall uprising.

“Stonewall: The Basics,” which is co-produced by leaders in LGBTQ history documentation, interpretation, and outreach is an easy-to-understand guide to the people, circumstances, and legacy of the Stonewall uprising, which began in New York City’s Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969.

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, and New York City is set to host World Pride this June,” said Ken Lustbader, co-director of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. “With millions of people expected to visit the city for Pride month, we’re seizing on this opportunity to provide the most accurate documentation about this history-making event.”

“Stonewall: The Basics” provides answers to fundamental questions such as:

  • What is the Stonewall Inn?
  • Why was the Stonewall Inn raided by police?
  • Who started the confrontation?
  • Was Stonewall the start of the LGBTQ civil rights movement?
  • Stonewall is a national monument. What does that mean?

“Stonewall, and the people and events surrounding the uprising, have evolved beyond history and fact to legend and myth,” said Eric Marcus, founder and host of the Making Gay History podcast. “‘Stonewall: The Basics’ clarifies the historical record. As interest in people, places, and moments significant to LGBTQ history grows in the run-up to June, this new factsheet will provide a starting point for anyone interested in knowing about Stonewall and the events that helped shape the trajectory of a movement that has spread around the world.”

“Stonewall: The Basics” is available online now as a download-ready PDF through the Stonewall 50 Consortium’s website.

Click here to preview “Stonewall: The Basics.”

“While Stonewall, as a place, looms large in our collective national imaginings, ‘Stonewall: The Basics’ is a tremendous reminder that it is people who make history,” said Eliza Byard, executive director of GLSEN. “The homeless LGBTQ teens, trans women of color, lesbians, drag queens, and more who resisted the police at Stonewall are part of a long legacy of community building, protesting, and history-making individuals who have shaped the LGBTQ movement, and who continue to do so to this very day.”

Additionally, the co-creators of “Stonewall: The Basics” encourage visitors to the Stonewall site to use the excellent self-guided walking tour map (linked below) from the National Parks Conservation Association and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. Published in 2017 as the first walking tour map dedicated to telling the history of the 1969 Stonewall uprising and the fight for LGBTQ rights, the tour connects the public with nearly 20 historic sites significant to the LGBTQ community, anchored by the Stonewall National Monument in New York’s Greenwich Village. Collectively these sites contribute to the story of the LGBTQ civil rights struggle and the events and social changes that eventually led to the Stonewall uprising and its impact.

Click here to download the self-guided walking tour map.

The Stonewall Basics fact sheet was made possible through the support of the New York Community Trust. “Americans who felt like outsiders elsewhere are drawn to New York, where our diversity has allowed them to find welcoming communities,” says Kerry McCarthy, The New York Community Trust’s vice president for philanthropic initiatives. “We’re working to bring LGBTQ history out of the closet and into the spotlight, because LGBTQ history is New York City’s history and our nation’s history.”

About the Co-Creators

NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is a nonprofit cultural initiative and educational resource that is making an invisible history visible by documenting historic and cultural sites associated with the LGBTQ community throughout New York City. For more, visit www.nyclgbtsites.org, or follow on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Making Gay History

Making Gay History is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the largely hidden history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement to life through the voices of the people who lived it—principally through the award-winning Making Gay History podcast and LGBTQ-inclusive educational materials. For more, visit www.makinggayhistory.org, or follow on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming, and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org.

GLSEN

GLSEN works to create safe and inclusive schools for all. They envision a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach millions of students and educators in K-12 schools, via action at the national, state, and local level. Over nearly three decades of work, GLSEN has improved conditions for LGBTQ students across the United States and launched an international movement to address LGBTQ issues in education and promote respect for all in schools. Find more information on GLSEN’s policy advocacy, student leadership initiatives, school-based programs, research, and professional development for educators at www.glsen.org.

National Parks Conservation Association

Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its more than 1.3 million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s natural, historic, and cultural heritage for future generations. NPCA led the campaign for the Stonewall National Monument. For more information, visit www.npca.org.

Stonewall 50 Consortium

The Stonewall 50 Consortium is an organization that brings together scores of nonprofit institutions and organizations committed to producing programming, exhibitions, and educational materials related to the Stonewall uprising and/or the history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in June 2019. The mission of the consortium includes helping participating institutions and organizations share ideas and best practices, facilitate potential collaborations, coordinate outreach efforts, and avoid scheduling conflicts and duplication of programming. For more information, visit www.stonewall50consortium.org.

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NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project Receives a 2019 Excellence in Preservation Award

April 10, 2019

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS CONTACT Ken Lustbader, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project p: (917) 848-1776 / e: [email protected] Katy Peace, Preservation League of New York State p: 18) 462-5658 ext. 17 / e: [email protected]  

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project Receives a 2019 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award

This award from the Preservation League of NYS recognizes the best in the field of historic preservation

  New York, NY—Wednesday, April 10, 2019—The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project has been named one of this year’s Excellence in Historic Preservation award winners by the Preservation League of New York State. Along with seven other honorees, the Project represents a shining example of historic preservation done well. The League’s statewide awards program has been honoring notable achievements in retaining, promoting, and reusing New York State’s irreplaceable architectural heritage since 1984. The Project and its fellow 2019 award recipients will be honored in New York City:  

  • WHAT: Preservation League of NYS “Excellence in Historic Preservation” awards ceremony
  • WHEN: Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 6:00 pm
  • WHERE: The historic New York Yacht Club, 37 West 44th Street, New York, NY
  • MORE INFO: preservenys.org/2019awards

  The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project (www.nyclgbtsites.org) is a pioneering cultural heritage initiative and educational resource that is comprehensively identifying sites connected to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and culture in New York City. Launched in 2015 by preservation professionals, the project makes an invisible history visible by identifying extant historic LGBT locations. The project was catalyzed by funding from the National Park Service Underrepresented Community Grant Program, administered in collaboration with the New York State Historic Preservation Office, to increase diversity on the National Register of Historic Places. Based on its research, the project nominates LGBT sites to the National Register of Historic Places, curates walking tours, presents lectures, engages the community through events, and develops educational opportunities. Its robust social media presence (@nyclgbtsites) disseminates LGBT place-based historical content. In December 2018, the Project received the New York State Historic Preservation Award.   “It is wonderful to see what the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project has been able to do to shine a light on underrepresented communities within the preservation community,” said Preservation League President Jay DiLorenzo. “The model that they are setting is sure to inspire similar groups within New York State and around the country.”   “We are pleased to have our work recognized by the League. The “Excellence in Preservation” award helps to validate that LGBT history is American history,” said Amanda Davis, project manager of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. “As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising this June, it’s important to recognize LGBT place-based history and the influence that the community has had on New York State and American culture.”   This organization serves as a local, state, and regional example of expanding National Register designation to include sites relating to underrepresented history. They have truly set a new standard for cultural sites and underrepresented communities. The Preservation League team is so pleased that this effort will receive statewide recognition.   The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project team includes Co-Directors Andrew S. Dolkart, Ken Lustbader, Jay Shockley, and Project Manager Amanda Davis.   2019 Awardees:

  • Graycliff Estate – Isabelle Martin House | Derby, Erie County
  • Eastman Gardens | Rochester, Monroe County
  • NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project | NYC
  • Knickerbocker Club: Centennial Renewal | New York City
  • RUPCO East End Apartments of Historic Newburgh | Newburgh, Orange County
  • Walton & Willett Stone Store – Cahill Landing | Oswego, Oswego County
  • The News Apartments | Troy, Rensselaer County
  • Neumann House designed by Marcel Breuer | Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County

  As the Preservation League honors excellence in historic preservation, they will also look toward preservation’s future with the inaugural Zabar Family Scholarship. Following the Excellence award presentation, three current students will receive a scholarship of $1,000 each in support of their studies in historic preservation. They are Tabitha O’Connell (SUNY’s University at Buffalo), Camille Sasena (Pratt Institute), and Ryan Zeek (Columbia University).   About the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is a cultural initiative and educational resource that is documenting historic sites connected to the LGBT community throughout New York City. Its interactive map features diverse places from the 17th century to the year 2000 that are important to LGBT history and illustrate the community’s influence on American culture. The Project is nominating sites to the National Register of Historic Places and developing educational tours and programs. For more, visit www.nyclgbtsites.org, or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   About the Preservation League of New York State Since its founding in 1974, the Preservation League has built a reputation for action and effectiveness. Our goal has been to preserve our historic buildings, districts and landscapes and to build a better New York, one community at a time. The Preservation League of New York State invests in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth and the protection of our historic buildings and landscapes. We lead advocacy, economic development and education programs across the state. ###