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Preservation Lecture: Rockefeller and Colonial Williamsburg: The Early Years

March 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Matthew G. Hyland
History Department, Duquesne University
Thursday, March 9
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

How did John D. Rockefeller, Jr., develop such an interest in the American past that he decided to invest in the restoration of Williamsburg, Virginia? How did he become concerned for preserving the past? The question is important, and the answers are revealing. The historic preservation sensibility that he adopted in the 1920s and put into place at Colonial Williamsburg shaped the historic preservation movement in the United States for much of the twentieth century. Understanding Rockefeller in the 1920s, then, helps us perceive our current situation and advance today’s historic preservation movement.

About the Presenter: Dr. Matthew Hyland is an assistant professor of History at Duquesne University. His areas of specialization include historic preservation studies, public history, and American architecture. At Duquesne, he teaches courses in all of these fields and enjoys the public outreach he and his students do through service learning.

This lecture is FREE to PHLF Members. Non-members: $10. RSVPs are appreciated: or 412-471-5808, ext. 527


March 9, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, 15221 United States
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Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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