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Connections: Discussing diversity and inclusion in the preservation movement


When historic buildings and spaces are successfully preserved, they help tell the stories of the communities that used and cared about them. But what happens when the majority of preservation professionals are white?

Diversity and inclusion in the preservation profession is the focus of an upcoming conference hosted by the Landmark Society of Western New York. This year’s keynote speaker is Lee Bey, a photographer, writer, lecturer, and consultant whose work centers on the interpretation of the built environment. Specifically, Bey explores the political, social, and racial forces that shape spaces.

This hour, we discuss how the preservation movement can be more inclusive, and how spaces and places would look different if more voices of color were included in preservation conversations. Our guests:

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