Telling the Whole Story: Using Thematic Frameworks and Context Statements


Thematic frameworks and historic context statements are excellent tools for identifying, assessing, and listing historic places, especially those related to underrepresented communities and resource types. Learn the nuts and bolts of developing and using these tools, discover the robust community engagement practices used in creating Denver’s Latino/Chicano Historic Context, and hear how practitioners can use the Twentieth-Century Historic Thematic Framework to preserve cultural heritage sites.

CE Credits:
Jul 15, 2022 2:45 PM

Janet Hansen

Janet has almost three decades of experience in urban preservation planning, working in both the public and private sectors. She has expertise in developing, implementing, and using thematic frameworks and historic contexts to inform preservation policy and practice in local government environments. In particular, as the Deputy Manager of the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources, she managed the historic-context-based SurveyLA project, the largest citywide heritage resources survey undertaken in an American city to date. Hansen serves as an advisor for other municipalities planning context-based surveys and regularly lectures on the topic at conferences and universities nationally. She has published numerous papers on aspects of SurveyLA and is collaborating with the Getty Conservation Institute on a forthcoming technical book on heritage surveys and inventories. Hansen holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of California, Riverside. She is also a governor-appointed commissioner to the California State Historical Resources Commission and serves on the Palm Springs Historic Sites Preservation Board.

Gail Ostergren

Gail Ostergren is a research specialist with Getty Conservation Institute’s Buildings and Sites department where she works with several projects including the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative, the Eames House Conservation Project, and the Los Angeles African American Historic Places Project. Ostergren earned a PhD in history at UCLA. She serves on the historic preservation commission in West Hollywood, CA, and is a founding board member of the Docomomo/SoCal chapter. She is one of the authors of the GCI’s Twentieth-Century Historic Thematic Framework.

Jenny Buddenborg

Jenny Buddenborg, Adaptive Reuse Senior Project Administrator, City and County of Denver Jenny is a senior project administrator with the City and County of Denver where she is leading the development of a new adaptive reuse program citywide. Prior to this role, she led preservation planning and regulatory projects like the citywide building survey Discover Denver and Denver Latino/Chicano Historic Context, the latter part of a context series dedicated to uncovering the history of Denver’s underrepresented communities. She spent more than a decade with the National Trust for Historic Preservation leading advocacy campaigns to save nationally significant, threatened historic places across the country. Jenny also serves as president of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation in Leadville, Co. She is passionate about empowering people to protect the historic places that matter to them. She holds a B.A. in History from Wayne State University and an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University.


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