-- POSTPONED -- Saving Our Communities: Historic Preservation Initiatives in NYC

Thursday, June 21, 2012 -
8:45am to 11:00am EDT
Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Ave., 2nd floor, NYC
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The saying “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone” epitomizes the challenge of historic preservation. The demolition of Penn Station in 1963 led to a movement to preserve the City’s architectural, historical, and cultural heritage before it was lost. Two years later, Mayor Wagner signed the Landmarks Law to protect historic landmarks and neighborhoods from hasty decisions that might destroy or fundamentally alter their character. The City now has 29,000 landmarks, including private homes, high-rises, monuments, cemeteries, parks, historic houses and museums, fences and even trees. One hundred of the City’s historic places are National Historic Landmarks. More historic places are designated as landmarks each year, but public awareness of historic preservation’s needs remains stagnant.
Come learn more about the historic preservation field as a panel of funders, advocates and leaders identify key trends.  Explore the role of preservation in building livable communities—from the beloved structures and monuments that have shaped character of place to the historic houses and museums that educates and informs schoolchildren, families, and adults about our shared history. The session will use recent public awareness, grassroots, social media, and advocacy campaigns as case studies to illuminate the importance of preservation efforts in New York.


  • Pathways for funders in related program areas (e.g., community development and the environment) to integrate preservation needs into their ongoing grantmaking.
  • How funders have worked successfully with local groups to preserve the historic character of their neighborhoods, streetscapes, and open spaces.
  • How the structures of the past inform and shape New York’s built environment and urban landscape today.
  • How social media has been used to mobilize communities to support key preservation initiatives.
A Philanthropy New York Members Briefing co-sponsored by American Express, The New York Community Trust and The J.M. Kaplan Fund.



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