Join us at our 2023 Annual Meeting of Members featuring the Norman B Leventhal Map & Education Center.
When: March 30, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm. Presentation and discussion will start at 6pm.
Where: Central Library Boylston Street Building at Rabb Hall.
Refreshments will follow at Trinity Church.
Rabb Hall is located on the Lower Level of the Boylston Street Building of the Central Library. To get there, enter the BPL Central Library from the entrance off Boylston Street and proceed to the atrium, where you will see stairs leading to the Lower Level. Elevators to the Lower Level are just past the atrium. Rabb Hall is located next to the Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center (KBLIC).
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The Alliance, The Atlascope, and Boston’s Unrecognized Preservationists:
The Alliance’s 2023 Annual Meeting of Members will start with a brief update of our accomplishments over the past year. We will then be treated to an Atlascope live demo by Leventhal Center President and Head Curator, Garrett Dash Nelson. The demo will be followed by a discussion with Maddie Webster, PhD, who heavily used the Atlascope tool while researching Boston.
Maddie’s research makes a case for histories of historic preservation that incorporate actions resulting in preservation, not only stories about those who self-identify as preservationists. She is interested in how Black middle-class families converted upper Roxbury’s single-family housing stock into multi-family homes in the postwar era—a process of “filtering down” normally associated with deterioration—and argues that this additional income from rent allowed owner-occupants to build equity and maintain their houses despite exclusion from traditional funding sources. That much of the housing stock is still around today is a testament to this stewardship process.
About the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center
The Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, created in 2004, is a nonprofit organization established as a public-private partnership between the Library and philanthropist Norman Leventhal. Its mission is to use the collection of 250,000 maps and atlases for the enjoyment and education of all through exhibitions, educational programs, public interpretation, and research. The map collection is global in scope, dating from the 15th century to the present, with a particular strength in maps and atlases from the New England region, American Revolutionary War period, nautical charts, and world urban centers. The collection is the second largest in the country located in a public library, ensuring unlimited access to these invaluable resources for scholars, educators, and the general public.