Originally called Preservation Alumni Columbia University (PACU) and active since 1977, Preservation Alumni, Inc. was formally organized in January of 1982 as an independent, non-profit corporation. The organization was founded to support and enrich Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program - the first graduate historic preservation program in the United States - and to advance preservation as a field of public and professional endeavors.
Early PA activities included:
PA is interested in documenting more of its history. If you have information, programs, writings, or photos to share, please email us at email@example.com with “history” in the subject line.
For many years Preservation Alumni produced the PA Memo, a document rich with updates from the Historic Preservation Program, PA happenings and initiatives, features about the work of fellow alumni, and thoughts on the preservation movement in general. Naturally, as avid readers of history, we get a kick from re-visiting these “historical documents,” and think our members might too. Unfortunately, our archive contains only a small selection of them, mostly from the recent past. We are currently working to track down more for our digital collection.
Symposium held at Columbia
Stern steps down, Bentel becomes acting director
Fitch and Placzek in memoriam notices; new courses at Columbia
Fall Party at Steelcase; Wheeler joins Preservation program; Weaver in memoriam notice
Preservation program turns 40; PA Work Day at Governor’s Island
Learning from New Orleans; Dirks in memoriam notice; James Marston Fitch Colloquium
Placzek Fund endowment; First-year Studio studies Upper West Side; Alumnus returns from Southeast Asia
Restoration of the Cutty Sark; New York Sun highlights Preservation alumni
Green design and preservation; Pokorny and Byard in memoriam notices
Dietrich on Garden State Parkway; Miner in memoriam notice; Glass House tour