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[Deeper Digs] Illuminating Marginalized Stories from the Jim Crow Era in Historic Preservation

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[Deeper Digs] Illuminating Marginalized Stories from the Jim Crow Era in Historic Preservation

When: December 01, 2022 2:00-4:00 PM ET

Duration: 2 hours

Certification: RPA-certified


Individual Registration: $99 for SAA members; $149 for non-members

Group Registration: $139 for SAA members; $189 for non-members

Alison Rose Jefferson, MHC, PhD

Dr. Jefferson is a publicly engaged independent historian, heritage conservation consultant and a third generation Californian. Her research interests explore the intersection of American history, the African American experience in California, historical memory, spatial justice, and cultural tourism. She has worked extensively across Los Angeles to elucidate, re-center, and reinsert the erased and overlooked African America experience in local history, heritage conservation efforts and the American identity. She is the author of the book Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era (University of Nebraska Press, 2020).
This seminar includes a discussion of research methods in illuminating erased and overlooked stories about African Americans’ fight for dignity, equal access, and the full range of human experience and self-fulfillment. Drawing from her research in California, the instructor takes a fresh approach to looking at the historical practices of relaxation and recreation at outdoor and public spaces for all people at beaches, mountains, and other scenic locales connected to the long freedom rights struggle. Leisure was not an optional add-on to civil rights, but an essential component of liberty. Attendees will learn how some of these site histories and present-day public programming are shaping today and the future with examples from Los Angeles. Most of these places demonstrate a social heritage of action and occupation of space that have implications for broadening the American identity and for commemorative justice due to reinsertion of the African American experience into landscapes and civic memory where it has been ignored.
  1. Describe new ways to think about exploration of marginalized histories.
  2. Provide overview of public programming examples that illuminate and reinsert erased or overlooked stories of marginalized groups into local landscapes and civic memory and how this is shaping these communities and broader society today for the future.
  3. Explore new ways to think about intangible heritage illumination and social justice programming for historic preservation/heritage conservation, nature conservation and cultural tourism.