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Interpretation Theory and Centering Black Humanity at Historic Sites
Join Elon Cook Lee for a discussion on her work with hundreds of historic sites across the country on interpretation theory and the development of slavery programs that center Black humanity. Mrs. Lee is a public historian, educator, curator and museum activist. She seeks to engage the public with challenging historical narratives, to open hearts, and to change minds one conversation at a time. As part of this Sunday Salon with Mrs. Lee, Betsy Jacks, Executive Director of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, will share research on the diverse household that lived at the historic site in Catskill, New York.

Mrs. Lee received her master’s degree in Public Humanities and the Fellowship for the Study of the Public History of Slavery at Brown University. A Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer through the National Association for Interpretation, Mrs. Lee has trained hundreds of historic site interpreters and museum professionals across the country on interpretation theory, interpreting the history and legacy of slavery, and how to incorporate anti-oppression frameworks into museum work. She has taught undergraduate courses on slavery, public history, historic preservation, restituting stolen art, and racial reconciliation work at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Mrs. Lee is a recipient of the 2018–2020 Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowship in the RISD Museum’s Costumes and Textiles Department.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site dedicates the 2021 Sunday Salons lecture series to the memory of David Grey. Support provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program under the Market NY initiative, and the Kindred Spirits Society of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

Feb 7, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Elon Cook Lee
Founder, Liberation Heritage Consulting & Director of Interpretation and Education, National Trust for Historic Preservation