Tales of the Cities: Historic Context Statements for LGBTQ+ Communities


In many places, LGBTQ+ history is largely unwritten and the local LGBTQ+ community’s significant places are unrecognized. This session will provide a cross-country sampling of the process and results of different LGBTQ+ historic context statement initiatives. Speakers will discuss the various approaches related to LGBTQ+ historic context statements, including: creation, implementation of recommendations, and use as a resource and guiding document.

CE Credits:
Jul 16, 2022 2:45 PM

Susan Ferentinos

Susan Ferentinos, PhD, is a public history researcher, writer, and consultant, specializing in LGBTQ and women's history. She is the author of the LGBTQ Historic Context Study for the State of Maryland and a contributor to the National Historic Landmark LGBTQ Theme Study. Her book Interpreting LGBTQ History at Museums and Historic Sites won the 2016 Book Award from the National Council on Public History. Dr. Ferentinos has worked on over a hundred projects for the National Park Service, including three national historic landmarks related to LGBTQ history that are currently in progress.

Tania Georgiou Tully

Tania Georgiou Tully, Senior Preservation Planner with the City of Raleigh Urban Design Center, serves as the primary liaison to the Raleigh Historic Development Commission. After many years as the sole Certificate of Appropriateness staff, Ms. Tully now has the pleasure of leading a three-person team of preservationists. Prior to returning to Raleigh in 2007, she worked with the Utah State Historic Preservation Office, the Maryland Historical Trust, and as a preservation planner in Montgomery County, Maryland. Tania holds a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Utah and a B.S. in Design from Clemson University.

Jeffrey A. “Free” Harris

Jeffrey A. “Free” Harris is a Hampton, Virginia based historian & preservation consultant who works with historic preservation organizations, historic sites, and non-profit organizations on issues related to diversity and historic interpretations. Free was the first Director for Diversity at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Free currently is Vice Chair of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, and Board Chair of the Rainbow Heritage Network. He contributed the chapter “’Where We Could Be Ourselves’: African American LGBTQ Historic Places and Why They Matter” to the National Park Service’s 2016 LGBTQ Heritage Theme Study.


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