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Exporting Preservation: NYC to Tbilisi

This year, New York City is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law and all the benefits it has provided to our city. Our law, and the advocacy community that supports it, has served as a model for municipalities around the country, and indeed around the world.

It is in this context that the US State Department invited Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and Tara Kelly, executive director of Friends of the Upper East Side, to the Republic of Georgia to share best practices in cultural heritage preservation and advocacy. Each spent a week last fall lecturing to various audiences from high school students to members Parliament about how to save and celebrate 1,500 years of history in Tbilisi.

Join us on May 28th as they recount their experiences “exporting” preservation from New York City to the Caucasus. Architect and executive director of the American Friends of Georgia, Lena Kiladze will introduce a brief chronicle of the city, and conservation consultant Mary Kay Judy will discuss early preservation initiatives in the post-Soviet era. It is sure to be a fascinating program!

Thursday, May 28th
The General Society Library
20 West 44th Street

Doors open at 6:00pm
Presentation at 6:30pm
Reception to follow

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This program is hosted in partnership with the New York Landmarks Conservancy.