On April 26, 2019, Carlton Hall, a cultural preservation specialist and historian for the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office, was a guest speaker at the 2019 New York Statewide Preservation Conference which took place in Rochester, N.Y.
Recognizing that preservation must help tell the stories of people from all racial, ethnic, cultural and generational backgrounds, organizers of the 2019 conference selected several speakers and session topics that reflected the many diverse perspectives in today’s preservation movement and profession.
Speaking at the session, “Shaking Up Preservation,” Hall; Sarah Marsom of Columbus, Ohio, founder of Young Ohio Preservationists; and Zulmilena Then of Brooklyn, N.Y., founder of Preserving East New York; discussed their experiences and perspectives as young, emerging professionals in the historic-preservation field. All three had been honored as part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2018 “40 Under 40: People Saving Places” which recognizes individuals under the age of 40 across the United States who are working to support the mission of historic preservation through fields such as architecture, community activism and business.
As part of his presentation, Hall discussed the research that he has been conducting on Delaware listings in the Green Book, a segregation-era travel guide for African Americans created by Victor Green and published annually from 1936 through 1966.