Hull-House Museum Panel to Weigh Historic Preservation

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at the University of Illinois at Chicago will host “This is Not My Beautiful House: Historic Preservation and the People’s History,” a panel discussion among national and local experts.

Feb. 10
2 – 5 p.m.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S. Halsted St.
Residents’ Dining Hall

How do we prevent historical amnesia? When is historic preservation a force for gentrification and social displacement, and when is it a force for equality? What role should preservation play in fostering a sense of community?

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, the National Public Housing Museum, and a panel of distinguished thinkers and activists will examine these and other questions of historic preservation and social justice.

Panelists include:

  • Lee Bey, executive director, Chicago Central Area Committee; urbanist, photographer and critic specializing in architecture and the role of politics in the built environment
  • Roberta Feldman, UIC professor emeritus of architecture; architectural activist and co-author, “The Dignity of Resistance: Women Residents in Chicago Public Housing”
  • Mary Means, founder, Main Street program, National Trust for Historic Preservation; leader in community revitalization and heritage development
  • Vince Michael (moderator), chair, historic preservation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; heritage conservationist and cultural sustainability activist
  • Estevan Rael-Galvez, vice president, historic sites, National Trust for Historic Preservation; former director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center; historian of American Indian slavery and advocate for the power of place

Admission is free and open to the public. For information or to RSVP, email or call (312) 413-5354.

This symposium is funded in part by grants from the Graham Foundation and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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