HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND THE PEOPLE’S HISTORY
A new publication from the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Based on the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum exhibition “Architectural Encounters,” this fully illustrated catalogue features a collection of essays by scholars and historic preservationists Roberta Feldman, Lisa Yun Lee, Vincent Michael, Michael Plummer, and Estevan Rael-Gálvez.
How do we prevent historical amnesia? How should cultural significance be determined and who should determine it? How can we preserve vernacular history? What role should preservation play in fostering a sense of community? These are the questions that are addressed by the authors from a combination of personal, professional, and scholarly perspectives. Each essay reminds us of “the power of place and the ability of material cultural and objects to affectively summon a feeling.”
The essays included were inspired by a conference held at the Hull-House Museum called "This Is Not My Beautiful House”: Historic Preservation and the People's History, which took place in February 2012. The ongoing “Architectural Encounters” exhibition highlights restored architectural details throughout the Museum that demonstrate the relationship between social ideals and the decorating choices of the Hull-House reformers.
According to Dr. Lisa Yun Lee, former Director of the Hull-House Museum, “The photographs, accompanying labels, and essays in this catalogue are meant to be an intervention, to disrupt and to broaden the practice of preservation and public history, and to insist on more inclusive narratives that take into account diverse perspectives on gender, race, ethnicity, and class.”
Architectural Encounters: Historic Preservation and People’s History (2013), 40 pages, 9” x 7” x .13 inches, $17.95.
For information on purchasing Architectural Encounters, please contact: Iliana Espinosa-Krehbiel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 355-9864
Architectural Encounters was generously supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Roberta Feldman, PhD
Architectural activist, educator, and researcher committed to democratic design. Author of The Dignity of Resistance: Women Residents in Chicago Public Housing, Professor Emeritus of architecture and co-founder of the City Design Center in 1995 at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Lisa Yun Lee, PhD
Director of the School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Associate Professor of art history and museum and exhibition studies, and former Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Vincent Michael, PhD
Heritage conservationist and cultural sustainability activist, Executive Director of the Global Heritage Fund, Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and former John H. Bryan Chair in Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Heritage Conservationist, researcher, and advocate. Assistant Director of Facilities Services at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Historic Preservation Commissioner for Oak Park and Berwyn, IL, and former Historic Preservationist/Facilities Manager at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Estevan Rael-Gálvez, PhD
Historian of American Indian slavery and advocate for the power of place, Senior Vice President of Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, former Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and State Historian of New Mexico
About the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum:
The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum serves as a dynamic memorial to social reformer Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and her colleagues whose work changed the lives of their immigrant neighbors as well as national and international public policy. The Museum preserves and develops the original Hull-House site for the interpretation and continuation of the historic settlement house vision, linking research, education, and social engagement
The Museum is located in two of the original settlement house buildings- the Hull Home, a National Historic Landmark, and the Residents' Dining Hall, a beautiful Arts and Crafts building that has welcomed some of the world's most important thinkers, artists and activists.
The Museum and its many vibrant programs make connections between the work of Hull-House residents and important contemporary social issues.
* All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, or the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts.