National Building Museum

Harriet the intersection of Legacy and Landscape

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Harriet Tubman Visitor CenterIn-person and Virtual Program

How can the preservation of landscapes strengthen our understanding of our shared history? The story of Harriet Tubman’s journey from an enslaved person, to a fearless leader of emancipation, to a giant of American history is one of the most dynamic examples of the power of individuals to affect the American cultural narrative. Join us as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Tubman’s birth and explore how the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Maryland and the newly opened Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York are working to protect and share her legacy through the preservation of the landscapes that shaped her life. Speakers include Jessica Bowes, Cultural Resource Specialist for Women’s Rights and Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks in New York, Chris Elcock, Associate Principal at GWWO Architects, Dr. Kaye Wise-Whitehead, PhD, Associate Professor of Communications and African American Studies at Loyola University in Maryland, and Deanna Mitchell, Superintendent of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Maryland.

The program will be followed by a reception in memory of longtime advocate and supporter of the National Building Museum, Darwina L. Neal. Darwina began her career in landscape architecture with the National Park Service (NPS) in 1965, working on Lady Bird Johnson’s Beautification Program. She was the first woman elected president of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and rose as a leader within the landscape architecture profession.

$10 Museum Member | Free Student | $20 Non-member

By registering for this INTERSECTIONS program, you'll be entered into a raffle to win 2 FREE tickets to ARTECHOUSE's exhibition Ase: Afro Frequencies! You will also receive a special link for 20% off admission to the exhibition!

This program qualifies for 1.5 LU (AIA), 1.5 PDH (LA CES/ASLA).

Please note: online ticket sales end at 3pm on September 20. Additional tickets can be purchased day-of at the door starting at 6pm.

This program will be presented at the National Building Museum and broadcast live. Museum doors open at 6pm, program begins at 6:30pm and ends at 8pm. Program to be followed by an in-person public reception. Once you complete your ticket purchase, you'll receive a confirmation email containing the link to view the live broadcast, if you are not attending in-person.

Image: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, Exterior from Road, Bob Creamer Phot0graphy 

This program is supported by the Darwina L. Neal Cultural Landscape Fund for adult programs focusing on cultural landscapes. 

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