"You don't have to be special to use Special Collections!"


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Cost: Free

This program of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts is provided with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the William Penn Foundation and Independence Foundation.

What can archives and special collections offer an “unaffiliated” and curious public? Join us for a webinar with Independent Historian and Writer Lucie Levine, for a discussion on how any interested person might make use of collections. Lucie is not affiliated with a University or Museum, yet spends her days in the archives of institutions around New York, researching the history of the city. Lucie founded Archive on Parade with the express intent of taking history “out of the archives and into the streets,” because history is the sum of all our stories; it includes all of us, and should be accessible to all of us. And, in many ways, it is. Though archival collections may appear to be sequestered behind institutional gates, you don’t have to be a professor or museum professional to access archival materials.

About the Speaker:

Lucie Levine is a writer, historian and New York City tour guide. She founded the historical tour and event company Archive on Parade, and has offered tours and lectures on New York City history in collaboration with The New School, CUNY, NYU Langone, The American Institute of Architects, The Municipal Art Society, The Historic Districts Council, The New York Public Library, The 92nd Street Y, Village Preservation, The New York Preservation Archive Project and Landmark West. She is also the Public Programs Consultant at FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, and has published widely on New York City history at outlets including The Gotham Center for New York City History Blog, Jstor Daily, and 6sqft, where she is the Contributing History Writer.