2020 New York Statewide Preservation Conference @ Preservation League of NYS
Dec 1 – Dec 3 all-day

The 2020 NY Statewide Preservation Conference will take place in a virtual format, Tuesday, December 1 – Thursday, December 3, 2020.

While we love to catch up with old friends and network with new ones at the Conference, we want to make sure everyone is safe and stays healthy. We are also excited for the new opportunities the virtual format brings.

Together with our Conference partners and sponsors, we’re bringing you more speakers and more of the fun and meaningful content you crave. We’re also stretching out the breakout sessions over two days so that you don’t have to choose between your favorite sessions. With the new Opening Plenaries on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Lightning Round presentations Tuesday evening, we’ll have more opportunities for discussions that push the preservation field forward. Join us!

Dec 1 @ 4:00 pm

In response to a precipitous rise in the price of kosher meat, thousands of Jewish women took to the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side on May 15, 1902. Their stated intention was to shut down every kosher butcher shop until prices came down. What was conceived as a nonviolent effort did not remain so for long. In The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives and the Riots That Shook New York City (University of Nebraska Press, 2020), writer and historian Scott D. Seligman tells the twin stories of the Beef Trust, the midwestern cartel that conspired to keep meat prices high despite efforts by the U.S. government to curtail its nefarious practices, and the mostly uneducated female immigrants who discovered their collective consumer power. With few resources and little experience but a great deal of steely determination, this group of women organized themselves into a potent fighting force, and in their first foray into the political arena in their adopted country, successfully challenged powerful vested corporate interests and set a pattern for future generations to follow.

Choices, Changes, and Cheerleaders: Colorful Museum Careers @ Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm

Hear from museum professionals and other academics about race and how to create a more diverse and welcoming workplace. This is a unique opportunity to engage in this important conversation with professionals who are working to seriously and creatively address the ongoing challenges facing museums today. Each session will address a specific topic and aspect of the discussion. It will provide critically relevant commentary and discussion for current and emerging museum professionals.

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YOU WANT A CONFEDERATE MONUMENT? My Body Is a Confederate Monument @ Penn Museum
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Monuments can be more than buildings or structures. Caroline Randall Williams—author of the powerful New York Times Opinion piece “You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument,” which grabbed international attention as a reckoning in the movement to dismantle systemic racism—joins us for this year’s Annual Howard C. and Elizabeth Watts Petersen Lecture.

Caroline Randall Williams is a catalyst. She makes change possible by bringing art and joy into the room in such a way that the grit of real challenge and limits may become eclipsed by analysis, innovation, and skill. She is an award-winning poet, young adult novelist, and cookbook author as well as an activist, public intellectual, performance artist, and scholar.

Deciphering the Past: Transcription Hour @ Science History Institute
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the American Philosophical Society (APS) and the Science History Institute for this three-part series on deciphering historical documents throughout time. Puzzle through mysterious writing and try your hand at decrypting colloquialisms and unfamiliar spellings with APS fellow Julie Fisher. In each session we’ll be working with a specially selected manuscript straight from our vaults. Learn tips you can use when transcribing historical documents, practice new skills, and discover your inner detective.

Please check back to see which manuscript we will feature during our December session!

About the Speaker

Julie Fisher holds a PhD in history from the University of Delaware, with a focus on early American and Native American history. She is currently at the American Philosophical Society as the Members Bibliography and Biography Postdoctoral Fellow. Before coming to the APS she was a consulting editor with the Native Northeast Portal, a digital humanities project based at Yale University from 2017 to 2019, and the primary investigator for a National Park Service grant at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island, from 2016 to 2018. She began transcribing and learning paleography skills for her first book, Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country. She has been transcribing ever since.

Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Drawing on period texts and illustrations (travelogues, almanacs, journals, advertisements) promoting coal, this talk will consider how contemporary audiences came to understand this fossil fuel in three ways: through the lens of landscape, as a geological specimen, and as a central component of the domestic sphere. Come learn about how coal’s multiple roles in the visual economy of the early-19th-century prompted a broadening of its use in the following decades.

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About Rebecca Szantyr

Rebecca Szantyr was the 2019-2020 William H. Helfand Visual Culture Fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University, where her research focuses on 18th- and 19th-century print culture. Her dissertation on the Neapolitan-American artist Nicolino Calyo examines the overlap of popular culture and the fine arts in the Atlantic World. From 2015-2018, Rebecca was the Florence B. Selden Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery, where she curated exhibitions on Jacob Lawrence and the history of caricature. Her research has been supported by the American Antiquarian Society, the Joukowsky Research Travel Fund at Brown, the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, and the Library Company.

Essential Work in the Cultural Field: Mental Health @ Museum Association of New York and Museum Hue
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This conversation will highlight how the Studio Museum in Harlem and Colored Girls Museum provide a holistic approach to mental health and well-being. Their therapeutic approaches and techniques are rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing.

  • Chloe Hayward, LCAT, ATR-BC, Manager Education Programs, The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Vashti Dubois, Executive Director, Colored Girls Museum
  • Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Museum Hue

The program is free but advance registration required. Closed Caption and/or ASL interpretation will be provided upon request.

Women Lighthouse Keepers @ Ocean County Historical Society
Dec 6 @ 2:00 pm

Celebrate yet one more important role women have played in our national and state history when you tune in to Ocean County Historical Society’s Zoom presentation. Mary Rasa, historian, former National Park interpreter, and former museum curator at Sandy Hook, will present her discoveries as she researched records and artifacts and did oral history interviews. You will learn about the U.S. Lighthouse Service from colonial days until when the Coast Guard took over in 1939, lighthouse technology and administrative history, and the second national paid position given to women in the U.S. beside that of clerk: lighthouse keeper. You will enjoy meeting several of the 140 courageous and hard-working official women keepers who enabled seafarers to navigate the U.S. shorelines more safely.

The Ocean County Historical Society remains closed out of an abundance of caution. Still, we are finding ways to continue our mission, “telling the stories of Ocean County”. In this spirit, we are proud to announce we will resume our popular lecture series online, using the free “Zoom” platform. Attending a Zoom talk is as simple as clicking the link we will send you via email a few days before the event. (You may wish to create a free Zoom account in advance, for the sake of ease, by visiting

To register for a Zoom program, please e-mail us at stating the date of the program(s) for which you are registering, your zip code, and the email address that we should use to send you instructions for accessing the program.

Virtual Tour and Discussion Innovations in Museum Practice: Tang Teaching Museum @ Museum Association of New York
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Michael Janairo, Manager of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College

Join us for a tour and a discussion at The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, a leading academic museum and well-regarded participant in national investigations of contemporary art, education, and cultural concerns. You will see highlights of the Museum’s 16,500-object collection and gain insights about the Tang’s innovative practices.

Virtual Program

Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email the day before or by 11:30 AM for same-day registrations. Registration will close at 11:20 AM.

Monday, December 7, 2020

12 – 1 PM

Live program is free, MANY Members will have access to the program recording; advance registration required. 

Please submit any questions you may have for the presenter when you register.

Closed Caption and/or ASL Interpretation will be provided upon request. Please contact us via email.

Renwick Invitational 2020 Virtual Conversation: Artist Rowland Ricketts and Curator Emily Zilber
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm

Learn more about art and process in a lively online conversation with Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020 artist Rowland Ricketts and exhibition guest curator Emily Zilber. Discover how Ricketts’s farm-to-studio artistic practice uses natural dyes and historical techniques to create contemporary textiles and immersive site-specific installations. This program is presented in partnership with the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.

Photo credit: Rowland Rickets dyeing cloth with his grown, harvested, and processed indigo. Photo courtesy the artist