Project co-directors Discuss the Power of Place on WNYC’s “All of it With Alison Stewart”

November 20, 2023

Project co-directors Ken Lustbader and Andrew Dolkart at WNYC“We all believe very strongly in the power of place,” co-director Andrew Dolkart shares on WNYC’s “All Of It With Alison Stewart,” in response to the question of how the Project got its start. He continues that before the Project, as professional preservationists, “We were interpreting all kinds of history, but we weren’t interpreting our own [LGBT] history.” REPLAY the full interview and listener call-in session via link in bio!

How is learning about history through place meaningful? Co-director Ken Lustbader had the answer: it allows you to “have a visceral connection to the past and see where history took place. For example, you could look at the place where James Baldwin lived on the Upper West Side and you can see the doorway that he went into, to his apartment on the ground floor. That’s a definite connection to an individual who was so important to American history. And it’s different than simply reading about it in a book … *There’s* the location, and *that’s* the connection.”

The episode highlighted the work of co-director Jay Shockley to document LGBT associations with Broadway theaters and the numerous National Register of Historic Places nominations researched and drafted by project manager Amanda Davis.

Listen to the full story below, and on WNYC’s website