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Mar
8
Wed
7th Annual Public History Community Forum @ Benjamin Franklin Hall of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia
Mar 8 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

PubComm is an annual graduate-student organized event designed to spark ideas and collaboration between Philadelphia-area public history professionals and students. It is presented with the generous support of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden and The Center for Public History at Temple University. This year’s theme is “‘This is Why We Fight’: Public History for the Public Good” and will feature archivists, educators, and museum professionals who use public history principles and programming to address issues of social justice and advocacy within their local community and beyond. Annie Polland, Senior Vice President of Education & Programs at New York’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum, will present the keynote.

Other presenters include:

  • Ismael Jimenez, M.Ed., Philadelphia Black History Collaborative
  • Sean Kelley, Director of Interpretation, Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Wikipedian in Residence, Chemical Heritage Foundation
  • Margery Sly, Director of Special Collections Research Center, Temple University

Transportation and Parking:

Benjamin Franklin Hall, at 427 Chestnut Street, is conveniently located within a few minutes’ walk from both the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line (5th Street Station) and the PATCO rail line (8th & Market St. Station). It is also within close proximity to several pay-to-park garages.

Mar
18
Sat
Preservation in Practice: A Primer for Historic Preservation Commissions @ EcoComplex
Mar 18 all-day

1-day workshop
This one-day workshop is open to all preservationists, but specifically geared toward those serving on a local commission. This program is designed to benefit both new and experienced commission members as well as being relevant for planning and zoning board members and elected officials. The course provides an in-depth examination of current topics and issues relevant to integrating preservation into community planning and zoning. Focus will be on legal parameters for implementing a commission, conducting an effective public meeting, and understanding and implementing tools to combat deteriorated, neglected, vacant and abandoned properties. Participants will also become acquainted with New Jersey’s redevelopment law and how it can be used to benefit historic properties.

Instructors: Dorothy Guzzo, Executive Director, NJ Historic Trust; Janine Bauer, Esq.; Jonathan Kinney, CLG Coordinator, Historic Preservation Office
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Credits: .7 CEUs

Dorothy P. Guzzo was appointed executive director of the New Jersey Historic Trust in 2008. From 1995 to 2008, as the deputy state historic preservation officer for New Jersey, she oversaw the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, project certification to qualify for Investment Tax Credits, certifying local governments for implementing programs on the municipal level, historic and archaeological resource inventory and resource protection through state and federal regulations. She has held elected office and served on her municipal planning board and local historic preservation commission. Ms. Guzzo is currently serving on the New Jersey Heritage Tourism Task Force charged with creating a Heritage Tourism Master Plan for the state of New Jersey.

Mar
24
Fri
22nd Annual Barnes Club Graduate Student History Conference @ Temple University, Center City Campus
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Barnes Club Conference will be held Friday evening March 24 and Saturday March 25, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Temple’s Center City Campus in downtown Philadelphia. The Barnes Club Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious graduate student conferences in the region, drawing participants from across the nation and around the world.

Mar
25
Sat
22nd Annual Barnes Club Graduate Student History Conference @ Temple University, Center City Campus
Mar 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Barnes Club Conference will be held Friday evening March 24 and Saturday March 25, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Temple’s Center City Campus in downtown Philadelphia. The Barnes Club Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious graduate student conferences in the region, drawing participants from across the nation and around the world.

Mar
31
Fri
Diverse Unfreedoms and Their Ghosts @ Rutgers University-Camden Campus Center
Mar 31 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Orlando Patterson

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“Powers in Persons: An Anatomy of Unfreedoms from Slavery to Child and Bridal Servitude.”

Multi-Purpose Room: 4:15 – 5:30

A public reception will follow Dr. Patterson’s talk.

This one-day conference brings together research on the diversity of practices, identities, and institutions of unfreedom—in the past and present, in the United States and beyond—and how the ghosts of those diverse unfreedoms continue to inhabit, animate, and haunt the present. It aims to explore what freedoms and unfreedoms mean by examining four key moments or sites:

  • Relationships between diverse unfreedoms (such as slavery, imprisonment, captivity, serfdom, domestic service, caste, etc.) as people understand and negotiate them, in autobiographical narratives, fiction, court cases, disputes, etc.
  • Transitions between social institutions and practices of unfreedom.
  • Aspirations for freedom and the kind of utopian futures that are proposed as part of them.
  • The legacies, echoes, and traces of unfreedom in a context of “freedom.”

Towards these ends, conference presentations will tackle a range of formations related to rethinking freedom and unfreedom in the United States and beyond, including (but not limited to) the meanings of democracy in post-apartheid South Africa, the traces of chattel bondage in the post-Reconstruction South, the surveillance of black women in public housing in the northeastern United States, the status of so-called liberated children in late-nineteenth century Senegal, definitions of autonomy in an Indonesian boarding school for girls, stasis and stillness as radical and redemptive political strategies, and apologies for white supremacy in the Civil Rights South.

Apr
2
Sun
Museum Association of New York Annual Conference @ National Museum of Dance and The Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs, NY
Apr 2 – Apr 4 all-day
Museums continually work to inspire and engage their audiences, develop innovative programming and make lasting connections. They experiment with new strategies in collections management, interpretation and exhibition design. Visitors are changing the way museums think about themselves. Museums are responding by working to transform visitor and donor perceptions of their institutions to be essential and vital resources in their communities.
Join museum professionals from across the state to share how your institution is changing trends, testing boundaries and altering views.
Apr
8
Sat
Cemeteries and Historic Preservation: Workshop and Tour of The Woodlands and Mount Moriah Cemetery @ The Woodlands
Apr 8 all-day

1-day workshop
Through a combination of classroom instruction and on-site exploration, workshop participants will learn about Philadelphia’s rural cemeteries and their historical context, as well as how to assess a cemetery’s  preservation needs and  possible treatments. Students will learn from the example of a targeted condition assessment of family burial lots that staff and student interns from the National Park Service’s Northeast Region Office carried out at Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery as part of a larger strategic planning effort launched by the cemetery. Turning to The Woodlands and Mount Moriah Cemetery, students will explore the wide range of stone types,  and other materials, used to construct monuments and their cemetery environments, how and why those materials deteriorate over time, and what responsible efforts can be used to slow that deterioration. Instructors will also discuss the importance of documenting changing cemetery landscapes and modes of commemoration as well as the history of rural cemeteries in the Philadelphia region and elsewhere. The workshop will begin at The Woodlands, with classroom presentation followed by a tour of The Woodlands as an outdoor classroom. After lunch, the class will travel to nearby historic Mount Moriah Cemetery to discuss its preservation challenges.

Originally the site of the estate of William Hamilton, 54-acre landscape of The Woodlands became a 19th-century rural cemetery in 1840. In 2006, it was designated a National Historic Landmark District in recognition of its unique history and rich resources.  Established in 1855, Mount Moriah Cemetery also originally consisted of 54 acres, though today it comprises approximately 200 acres in Philadelphia and Yeadon. The cemetery, which has been poorly maintained for decades, with many of its historic sections overgrown and wooded, has become the project of the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery, an organization dedicated to the cemetery’s preservation and promotion through community engagement, education, historic research, and restoration.

This workshops involves both classroom instruction and outdoor activities. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Instructors: Dennis Montagna and Aaron Wunsch
Date: Saturday, Apr. 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: The Woodlands and Mt. Moriah cemeteries
Credits: .6 CEUs

Dr. Dennis Montagna directs the National Park Service’s Monument Research & Preservation Program, based at the Park Service’s Philadelphia Region Office. He chaired the federal review panel that selected the design and oversaw the completion of the African Burial Ground Memorial at the burial site of thousands of enslaved and free Africans in lower Manhattan. His publications and lectures include examinations of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, DC, the photographs that Eudora Welty shot in Mississippi cemeteries in the 1930s, efforts to preserve mental institution burial grounds, and the memorial that Franklin Roosevelt designed for his grave at Hyde Park, NY. Dennis holds BA degrees in Studio Art and Art History from Florida State University, a master’s degree in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD from the University of Delaware. He serves as vice president of the Association for Gravestone Studies and chairs that organization’s Conservation Committee. He is a former chair of the American Institute for Conservation’s Architecture Specialty Group.

Dr. Aaron Wunsch is an architectural historian and assistant professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. His seminars have focused on broad aspects of the American cultural landscape, from commercial architecture, to cemeteries and suburbs, to cartography and the idea of landscape itself. His publications and papers have addressed such diverse topics as the rural cemetery movement in Philadelphia, the formation of Charlottesville, VA’s, park system, and the architecture of early electric utilities. He is also an active preservationist. He has served as vice president of Virginia’s Preservation Piedmont, written numerous reports for the Historic American Buildings Survey, and been employed by that agency, the Cambridge [MA] Historical Commission, and the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Aaron holds a BA from Haverford College, an M.Arch.Hist. from the University of Virginia, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Where We Belong: Artists in the Archive @ Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

On April 8th, SAADA will host a day-long symposium bringing together artists, activists, academics, and archivists to explore ways to challenge the systematic erasure of stories of marginalized communities in America.

The symposium will be held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and will premiere works from five artists – musicians, visual artists, and dancers – who have engaged SAADA’s archives to find inspiration from overlooked histories of South Asians in the US.

This cohort includes Rudresh Mahanthappa, Chitra Ganesh, Chiraag Bhakta, Joti Singh, and Zain Alam. Their year-long discovery process culminates with a presentation of works-in-progress, discussions of art and archives as activism, and other interactive workshops.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Doors open at 9:30 am*

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

*Coffee and Lunch will be provided to registered attendees.

Apr
10
Mon
Find Your Perfect Match: Grantmakers and History Organizations, Perfect Together @ Cherry Hill Public Library
Apr 10 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Maybe you have a great idea for an exhibit, or you want to work with a neighborhood organization on an outreach project. Perhaps your building needs a new HVAC system, or you want to develop a strategic plan. What sorts of grants are available to history organizations to help pay for these types of projects? How do you find the right funder for your needs? What are the requirements and expectations of different funders?

Join us on April 10 at the Cherry Hill Public Library to hear from some of New Jersey’s top funders about what they look for in successful proposals. This conversation with funders, sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, the New Jersey Historic Trust, and the New Jersey Council on the Humanities, will help answer these questions and introduce workshop participants to the range of grant funding available, from government agencies to private foundations to corporate funders.

Panelists include Sara Cureton, Director, the New Jersey Historical Commission; Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants and Programs, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities; Lois Greco, Senior Vice President, Evaluations, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation; Sharnita Johnson, Program Director, Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Bill Leavens, VP of Operations, The Leavens Foundation; and Nina Stack, CEO, the New Jersey Council for Grantmakers.

Workshop participants will be asked to come prepared to talk about their projects and funding needs, and time will be set aside to discuss strategies. The workshop will conclude with a networking lunch.

A similar workshop will be held on October 10 at Washington’s Headquarters, Morristown National Historical Park.

Cosponsors:

NJHC LogoNew Jersey Council for the Humanities

Apr
21
Fri
Pippi to Ripley 4: Sex and Gender in Children’s Literature, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Comics @ Ithaca College
Apr 21 @ 8:00 am – Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm

Pippi to Ripley 4 is an interdisciplinary conference with a focus on women and gender in imaginative fiction. This year’s

conference includes a special focus on Fan Intersectionality: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Fan Communities.

Ithaca College, April 21-22, 2017

Keynote: SAMMUS performs her acclaimed nerdcore hip-hop and talks about race, geekdom, and feminism.

Special guest: Breakout YA author LJ Alonge, author of The Blacktop series of YA novels.

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