NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project Receives the Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project received the Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence from the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Friday, November 4. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit working to “save America’s historic sites; tell the full American story; build stronger communities; invest in preservation’s future.”

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project documents historic places connected to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in New York City and tell stories of their influence on American history and culture. According to their website, the project is a scholarly initiative and educational resource that began in August 2015 and is based on 25 years of research and advocacy by founders and directors Andrew Dolkart, Ken Lustbader, and Jay Shockley. While part of the Organization of Lesbian and Gay Architects + Designers (OLGAD), they helped create the first map for LGBT historic sites in 1994. The map features almost 400 sites that demonstrate LGBTQ influence on American culture. The project aims to broaden knowledge of LGBT history and place that history in a geographical context.

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