For decades, some of the most groundbreaking work happening in historic preservation was not written about. It wasn’t taught in the classroom or regularly celebrated at conferences. And it did not catch the eye of practitioners or government agencies. Until recently, it has lived on the edges of the field, often operating under the guise of museum studies or urban planning. Yet, this important work, and the individuals behind it, are poised to not just disrupt the field of historic preservation, but crack it wide open.
Over 30 practitioners, academics, community advocates and policymakers—arguably some of the brightest minds in historic preservation—gathered for the first time to share their work in addressing equity and justice in the practice. “Re-Centering the Margins: Justice and Equity in Historic Preservation” will took place virtually on Wednesday, January 27 and Thursday, January 28, highlighting the research, work and perspectives of BiPOC, women and queer practitioners.
Amber participated in the first day of the symposium, presenting in the session entitled “Case Studies from the Field: Disrupting the Standards.” Her presentation covered the work she did as a co-principal investigator updating the Carter G. Woodson National Historic Site landmark nomination form.