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2019 Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit

December 13, 2019


Join us in honoring an awardee who embodies the preservation and curation of archives. This year we present our 2019 Preservation Award to Otis Pratt Pearsall for decades of archival stewardship of documentation related to the fight to landmark Brooklyn Heights.  The benefit will also feature a presentation by Priscilla Hancock Cooper on the use of archives to advance the preservation of sites associated with the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Ms. Cooper serves as the project director for the Alabama African-American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium.

Since its creation in 2014, the Archive Project’s Preservation Award has honored outstanding contributions to the documentation, preservation, and celebration of the history of preservation in New York City. This year we turn our attention to a New Yorker whose exemplary archival stewardship safeguards the history of preservation and New York City’s architectural past. Archives hold our city’s stories, and without our honoree this history would be lost, moldering in dumpsters or forgotten to the public.  

Award presentations and introductions will be made by Green-Wood Cemetery President Richard Moylan and Brent Leggs, executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund – a preservation campaign of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Event Details:

December 13th, 8:30-10 am, Yale Club of New York, 50 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017


Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit Benefactors (in formation)
The Green-Wood Cemetery
The J.M. Kaplan Fund
Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit Co-Chairs (in formation)
Lisa Ackerman
Dan J. Allen, CTA Architects P.C.
Anthony Badalamenti
Peg Breen, The New York Landmarks Conservancy
Kay Ciganovic, Friends of George McAneny
Bill & Marj Coleman
Elizabeth Goldstein, Municipal Art Society
Christabel Gough
Roberta Brandes Gratz
Scott & Ellen Hand
Dozier Hasty, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Higgins Quasebarth
Elizabeth R. & Robert A. Jeffe
Shirley Ferguson Jenks
Susan Henshaw Jones
John Lipsky
Anne Kriken Mann
Kate Burns Ottavino
Nancy Pearsall
Peter Pennoyer Architects
Gina Pollara
Pat Reisinger
Michael Ryan
John Tamagni & Judy Orlando
Duane Watson
Anthony C. Wood
Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit Committee (in formation)
Jan C.K. Anderson
Fred and Morley Bland
Helen Chin
Carol Clark
Joan K. Davidson
Franny Eberhart
Stephen Facey
Linda Ferber & Joel Berson
Blake Foote
Joan Geismar
Anna B. Iacucci
Jablonski Building Conservation
David I. Karabell
Marina & Stephen Kaufman
Nancy Owens
Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc
Peter Samton
Frank Sanchis
Mike Pratt, Scherman Foundation
Michael Sillerman, Valerie Campbell – Kramer Levin
Patrick & Allie Sweeney
John Reddick
Anthony W. Robins
Stephen Tilly and Elizabeth Martin
Adele Chatfield Taylor
Anne H. Van Ingen & Wesley Haynes
Arete Warren
Lloyd Zuckerberg

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Otis Pratt Pearsall is known for his efforts to designate Brooklyn Heights as the first historic district in New York City. He has earned many well-deserved accolades and served on many boards.  The Archive Project is recognizing his decades of efforts to preserve, organize, and utilize the records that helped win— and build on—the fight in Brooklyn Heights.  Otis stands as a model preservationist in that his records of preservation history are often called back into action in contemporary battles.  For the BQE debate, Otis has been able to pull, show, and quote from his own correspondence with officials from 1962 to rebut arguments and set the record straight.  It’s a powerful example that preservationists can take to heart: it pays to maintain good records that illuminate and give continued life to preservation history.

Priscilla Hancock Cooper, this year’s featured speaker, guides a consortium of twenty historic places of worship, lodging and civic engagement that played significant roles in the Alabama African-American civil rights struggle. Our understanding of these sites and the people associated with them is brought to life today in part through archives.  As Priscilla Cooper will make clear, archives matter. Crucially important stories are at stake, especially for communities whose preservation work has long been overlooked. The work of the consortium has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, World Monuments Fund, and The J.M. Kaplan Fund.

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Your support of the 2019 Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit will enable the Archive Project to continue its efforts to celebrate, preserve, and document the history of the preservation movement in New York City. We are very excited about our honorees and speaker and sincerely hope you will join us on December 13th!