Preservation Alumni

August 2022 Newsletter

Summer is almost over, but opportunities to engage with Preservation Alumni this fall are just beginning! 
Save the Date! 
Pushing Perspectives Event on October 25 at 7:30PM EST
Mark your calendars for the Preservation Alumni Anti-Racism/Equity Initiative’s upcoming Pushing Perspectives Event on Tuesday October 25, 2022 7:30pm

Closing the Gap: Increasing Diversity in Library Collections
The current holdings in most libraries, including Avery Library, support and sustain a white-centered narrative. Avery Library has requested our assistance with highlighting the gaps and with exploring ways to increase the diversity of collections. On October 25th, PA will host an open forum to discuss what PA members see as diversity, equity, and inclusion issues related to archival research and institutions like Avery (and libraries in general). Together we will develop ideas for how Avery can broaden the collection and how PA members might assist in this endeavor.

PA has a real opportunity to influence the outcome. 
Please join us on October 25 for this important discussion.

Get More Involved!
Open Call for New Preservation Alumni Board Members
Are you interested in getting more involved with Preservation Alumni and helping forge connections across Columbia’s preservation community? Contribute to PA as a Board Member at Large! 

PA is seeking alumni from all class years to join our board. New members will be required to attend monthly virtual PA board meetings, join at least 1 PA committee, and help coordinate PA activities. We are especially looking for people interested in serving on the Anti-Racism/Equity Initiative, assisting with PA communications (including this newsletter), participating in the mentorship program, and planning events! Commitment is 2-5 hours/month.

If you are interested in joining the PA board, please send a resume and brief statement of interest to

Contribute Today! 
Last Call to Contribute to Mid-Year Appeal
The first half of 2022 has brought the relaunch of favorite Preservation Alumni events and the announcement of a new program, and we couldn’t have done it without your support. To kick off the fall, we encourage you to renew your membership and consider supporting Preservation Alumni by donating online.

No donation is too small! Thank you to everyone who has renewed their membership and contributed to the mid-year appeal already!

Career Opportunities
The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission has six positions to fill in the Preservation and Research departments as Landmarks Preservationists (LPs). This is an exciting opportunity for people in the fields of historic preservation, architecture, and architectural history to make a difference in NYC and help preserve the city’s architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings.
LPs in the Preservation Department work closely with owners and their consultants reviewing applications to restore, adapt or appropriately alter landmark buildings of all types throughout New York City. In doing so, they share knowledge and provide guidance that yields tangible results in protecting and preserving landmark buildings and historic districts.

Compensation for all positions is $59,083-$64,297. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to: NYC Careers.

LPs in the Research Department work throughout the city conducting architectural surveys and historical research, and produce designation reports that document and recognize the city’s architecturally, culturally, and historically significant buildings and sites. In doing so, they add to scholarship on NYC’s history and architecture, provide useful information about historic buildings to property owners and architects, participate in LPC’s Equity and Inclusion Goals expanding public recognition and equitable representation of NYC’s diverse history, and help preserve historic buildings and districts throughout the city.

Consulting Associates of New York have two open positions! CANY is a New York City-based building enclosure consulting firm.
The Assistant Project Manager role promotes growth from entry-level to project management. This role is intended as a period of intense learning and training, exposing the APM to the breadth of CANY’s projects and expertise to build the foundation required for career advancement. The APM role will focus on honing technical, field observation, and communication skills.

Compensation: $70,000-$85,000 (non-exempt)

The Project Manager will complete projects that provide investigation, design recommendations, and inspection services to owners, architects, building managers, contractors, manufacturers, and consulting firms for total building enclosure systems. Responsibilities also include organizing project elements and managing staff within project matrix team. Candidates should have expertise in total building enclosure systems and their components.

Compensation: $85,000-$105,000 (exempt)

To apply for either position, please send a resume and work samples to Nilika Mistry at
The Director of Preservation and Urban Design plays a key role in shaping the built environment throughout the city. Their duties include ensuring the historic preservation within the City and managing processes that regulate architectural design, site design, signage, and requests for demolition.

Compensation: $90,000-$100,000. Apply by 9/30!

Register Today:
Upcoming Conferences
Historic New England 2022 Summit
October 13-14 2022 (In person in Worcester, MA & livestreamed)

Historic New England will bring together a large group of multi-disciplinary experts from around the count for its first-ever summit. The summit will be held October 13 and 14 and also livestreamed from historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts, considered by architectural historians to be one of the nation’s finest pre–Civil War concert halls and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Leading voices from across the country and abroad will explore significant preservation issues in the context of today’s world, including Climate Change Impact, Remaking Cities in Post-industrial New England, Sharing Inclusive Histories, Technology and Globalizing Cultural Heritage, Culture as Catalyst, Agricultural Preservation, Collections Management, and Inherited Bias.

Register here! (and tune in to see PA President Emily Kahn speak on the summit’s Institutional Renewal panel)

PastForward 2022 Online 
November 1-4, 2022

Celebrate the power of place and join thousands of preservationists and preservation lovers at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s conference for those who work to save, sustain, and interpret historic places. To provide an inspiring and engaging gathering for an expansive preservation movement, PastForward Online 2022 will offer a variety of new formats to complement the cutting-edge content presented by dynamic speakers. There will also be several ways participants can network with colleagues from across the movement while having interactive experiences to deepen our understanding of current preservation practices.

Registration is open today! Early rates available until September 26th. Apply to the Diversity Scholarship Program by 9/2! 

APT Detroit 2022
November 7-12, 2022 (In person)

The Association for Preservation Technology is returning its annual conference to its highly praised in-person format! Join the colleagues, peers, and friends you’ve missed in Detroit, Michigan from November 7- 12, 2022. The APT Detroit 2022 Conference offers no better place to share your ideas, insights and observations in preservation while making new connections and reinforcing old ones. APT’s annual conference draws the most informed, active, and knowledgeable experts from around the world as well as those newer to the field seeking to enhance their skills. Those committed to methods to maintain, conserve and protect historic structures and sites for continued and new uses will be engaged in presentations and discussions and we welcome you to join them.

Registration for the 2022 Annual Conference is opening soon!

Promoting Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion:
Recommendations from PA’s Anti-Racism/Equity Initiative
The Anti-Racism/Equity Initiative is committed to engaging with DEI issues through discussions, events, and the sharing of information. As a part of this effort and in response to members’ requests that we provide relevant educational resources, check this section each month for recommendations on how to actively engage with current DEI conversations in preservation.
Slave Dwelling Project Conference: The Stono Rebellion and the Atlantic World
The 7th national Slave Dwelling Project Conference will take place September 8–10 in Charleston, SC (with virtual options), in collaboration with the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program and the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program (CLAW) at the College of Charleston.  This year’s theme, The Stono Rebellion and the Atlantic Word, offers an in-depth look at the 1739 rebellion by enslaved African Americans along the Stono River in South Carolina and elsewhere in the LowCountry. Register today!
National Trust Awards $3 Million in Grants to 33 Sites to Help Preserve Black History
Since its inception in 2017, the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund has supported 160 places through its National Grant Program for a total investment of $12.4 million. This year’s list further demonstrates the beauty and complexity of African American life, and includes historic sites tied to Black arts, culture, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, sports, medicine, education, religion, and social justice. Learn more about the 2022 grantees here.
Urbanist Media & Urban Roots Podcast
Ubanist Media’s mission is to elevate underrepresented voices and ensure the places significant to them are preserved.  Check out their Urban Roots podcast or Listen & Learn events on youtube. A recent event featured Neela K. Wickermesinghe of @historicgreenwood, an alum and long-time collaborator with PA
Call for Submissions
Grant & Presentation Opportunities
History of Equal Rights Grant Program
Applications due by 9/14!
The National Park Service announced a new competitive civil rights grant program. The History of Equal Rights Grant Program (HER) will preserve sites related to the struggle to achieve the ideal of equal rights in America. HER Grants will fund a broad range of pre-preservation planning activities and physical preservation work for historic sites that are listed in or determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or as a National Historic Landmark.
Tested by Fire: Fired Materials 
Submit your abstract here by 10/17!
APTNE invites the submission of abstracts for consideration for presentation at the upcoming 2023 APTNE Annual Meeting & Symposium, to be held on Friday, March 3, 2023, with an in-person event held in Salem, MA, as well as a virtual program. The overarching theme of the 2023 APTNE Annual Meeting & Symposium is fired materials and will feature presentations and a panel discussion from professionals, emerging professionals, and local students.
PA Entertainment:
What else we’re reading, listening to, touring, & attending… 

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