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Mapping the African American Past: Memory, Landscapes and African American Communities on Long Island

Jenna Wallace Coplin, MPhil, RPA
Thursday, February 25, 6pm – 7pm; $25 member, $30 non-members

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African American heritage, oral tradition and memory are durable parts of the Long Island landscape. Increasingly visible, this is a rich history of vibrant communities, much more than a retelling of the legacies of enslavement, and its preservation is part of the story. Mapping the African American Past (MAAP) is an online tool that can serve as the basis for conversations not only about local African American histories but also the ongoing work involved in making them a part of community memory. This talk will explore examples of local history, discuss recent challenges facing preservation and consider how tools like MAAP can be utilized.

Jenna Coplin is an historical archaeologist currently working in Cultural Resource Management and completing her Ph.D. at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her particular interests focus on the shifting relationships between suburban and urban communities and include issues of race, ethnicity, co-residence, and labor to better understand the unique ways in which Long Islander engaged the national economy emerging in the 19th century.


Researching Historic Properties

Karen Kennedy, TKS Historic Resources
Thursday, March 3, 11am – 12pm; $25 members, $30 non-members

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This workshop introduces the fundamental skills to “read” buildings and develop an historical narrative to describe them. Topics covered will include identifying architectural elements and details associated with different historic building styles and how to research building records and archives to establish a property history.

Karen Kennedy is a founder and principal of TKS Historic Resources, Inc. since its inception in 2003 and has been active in the field of historic preservation for over fifteen years. She has extensive experience in conducting historic structures surveys as well as state and national register listings throughout the Tri-State area. She holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University as well as a Master of Science in Business and Human Resources Management from the New School for Social Research.


Traditional Window Restoration

Michael Danchalski, Traditional Window Restoration, Inc.
Saturday, March 12, 11am – 12pm; $25 members, $30 non-members

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Historic windows are one of the most misunderstood elements of an historic building. This interactive workshop will dispel certain myths about historic windows and energy efficiency and introduce the basics of how to repair and restore traditional windows to keep your home less drafty while preserving its historic architectural integrity.

Mike Danchalski is the owner of Traditional Window Restoration, located in Glen Cove. His preservation experience began in 1999 as an architect at the firm of Smiros & Smiros Architects. Traditional Window Restoration was founded in 2013 after an accelerated apprenticeship at Bagala Window Works in Westbrook, Maine. To date, Mike and his crew have restored historic windows and doors in numerous homes on Long Island, Brooklyn, and Westchester.


Breaking the Rules: Rethinking Historic House Museums

Franklin Vagnone, co-author of Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums
Saturday, March 19, 11am – 12pm; $25 members, $30 non-members

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Introducing concepts found within the newly published Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums, this highly illustrated and vibrant workshop turns historic house interpretation on its head, looking beyond dusty period rooms and velvet ropes to consider new methods and ideas to enhance visitor experience and community development.

Franklin Vagnone has significant professional experience in preservation, architecture, design, landscape architecture, archive formation and management, and a deep appreciation and understanding of non-profit organizations. Known for producing innovative programming and piloting transformative new ideas, Vagnone’s leadership has garnered numerous awards from various institutions throughout the New York and Philadelphia regions. He has served on various not-for-profit boards and is currently lecturing nationally on the concepts introduced in the recent book, The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums, which Vagnone co-authored with Ms. Deborah Ryan.


Interested in all four? Discounted full series: $75 members; $95 non-members.
Call us at 631-692-4664.

All lectures and workshops will be held at:
SPLIA Headquarters
161 Main Street
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724.