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Summer 2016 Forum Journal: The Full Spectrum of History: Prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion in Preservation 

09-08-2016 10:33

3zQuq8W0T46gIinkAWsX_Coverforweb.jpgToday’s preservation movement is increasingly committed to saving places that tell a full, inclusive story of our nation’s past. Preservationists are engaging and learning from diverse communities to remedy the biases and oversights of earlier historians. Last year, at our national conference—PastForward 2015—we convened a “Diversity Summit” to take stock of our movement’s work creating a broader, more representative preservation that champions diversity and inclusion. Attendees applauded the important strides we have made but also recognized that we still have a lot of work ahead of us—and that telling a full range of stories and building an allied future is a vital part of that work. In this issue of the Forum Journal, we undertake that work by recapturing and building on those powerful conversations.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Our Future Is in Diversity by Stephanie Meeks
  • The First Step Is Reaching Out: Toward a Common Ground by Sandi Burtseva
  • Diversity and Inclusion at Heritage Organizations by Amanda Davis, Adrena Ifill, and Lily Anne Welty Tamai
  • A More Inclusive History of El Paso by Yolanda Chávez Leyva
  • Culture Mapping: Engaging Community in Historic Preservation by Claudia Guerra
  • Discussions on Broadening Outreach and Programming by Keilah Spann

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Author(s):Stephanie Meeks, Sandi Burtseva, Amanda Davis, Adrena Ifill, and Lily Anne Welty Tamai, Yolanda Chávez Leyva, Claudia Guerra, Keilah Spann
Volume:30
Issue:4
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Full Summer 2016 Forum Journal   8.46MB   1 version
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Introduction: Our Future Is in Diversity   729K   1 version
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In the introduction, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks discusses the importance of diversity and inclusion in the preservation movement. She speaks about the legacy of conscious and unconscious biases among early American historians and its impact on historic preservation practice. Meeks goes on to highlight the Diversity Summit at the Trust’s 2015 PastForward conference, noting that conversations among panelists and attendees agreed about the significance of diversity in continuing to develop a representative, contemporary, and inclusive preservation movement.
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The First Step Is Reaching Out: Toward a Common Ground   785K   1 version
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This article recaptures content directly from the PastForward 2015 Diversity Summit—specifically comments from Hispanic Heritage Foundation President and CEO Jose Antonio Tijerino. Tijerino spoke about establishing a common ground by reaching out to groups that have been—and continue to be—underrepresented in historic preservation. Journal readers are invited to watch a recording of the full panel conversation.
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Diversity and Inclusion at Heritage Organizations   2.49MB   1 version
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This interview explores diversity and inclusion as organizational priorities at heritage organizations. Interviewees from three organizations—the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, Ifill/Doubleback Global Group, and the Japanese American National Museum—discuss their organizations’ missions and scopes, projects and plans, and partnerships as they relate to diversity and inclusion. Interviewees touch on both tangible and intangible heritage resources.
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A More Inclusive History of El Paso   3.44MB   1 version
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Yolanda Chávez Leyva focuses on El Paso—specifically, efforts to ensure that preservation moves toward full and authentic representation, capturing stories that have previously been overlooked. Leyva emphasizes the critical role of public and social historians, engaging with marginalized communities, interpreting history with and for the public, and the value of oral history. She reveals the importance of “ordinary” places—from the barrio to tenements—in telling a complete American story.
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Culture Mapping: Engaging Community in Historic Preservation   2.05MB   1 version
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This article takes a close look at the San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation’s use of first-person narratives and cultural mapping to create a more inclusive history of the city. Claudia Guerra discusses the city’s focus on involving the community in preservation through recorded personal narratives paired with hand-drawn maps. Guerra discusses the role of community partners and provides a list of lessons learned.
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Discussions on Broadening Outreach and Programming   2.05MB   1 version
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Keilah Spann highlights a unique, ongoing series of informal discussions among colleagues across organizations that center on African American communities and resources in preservation. The article explores the underrepresentation of African American history in preservation and the significance of expanding focus to include intangible heritage. Spann highlights several programming designed to address underrepresentation and build more complete and authentic interpretation at historic sites.