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Cynthia Wainwright

Historic House Trust board member Cynthia Wainwright speaks about the building of the organization and its role in the management of New York City’s historic houses.

Interviewed by Sarah Buonocore
Organizations: Historic House Trust, Historic House Trust Educators Alliance, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Places: Bowne House, Lewis Latimer House, Little Red Lighthouse
Above: Bowne House, 37-01 Bowne Street, Flushing, Queens County, NY, 1933; Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Cynthia Wainwright was one of the first trustees of the Historic House Trust [HHT]. At the time of this interview, she was serving on the board of directors. She speaks about how the Trust’s relationship has developed with historic houses owned by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. She sheds light onto the HHT’s founding mission, and its efforts to obtain funds for the management of the historic houses, as well as how the Trust has expanded, including the formation of the Historic House Trust Educators Alliance, and the annual Historic House Festival. She also shares the experiences of adding new properties to the HHT, including the Lewis Latimer House and the Bowne House.

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