Mobile Workshop 2: Exploring the Heart of Olde New York

APA Federal Planning Division


Thursday, May 4, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. EDT

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The National Park Service (NPS) manages numerous historic properties throughout New York City.  This workshop will be led by a Park Ranger with focus on two NPS sites located in the heart of Manhattan: Federal Hall and the African Burial Ground National Monument. At New York City's 18th-century City Hall, later to become Federal Hall, the Stamp Act Congress assembled in October 1765 to protest "taxation without representation;" the Continental Congress adopted the Northwest Ordinance establishing procedures for creating new states; the First Congress met and wrote the Bill of Rights; and George Washington was inaugurated as the country's first President. This portion of the mobile workshop will cover the significant events that helped shape the early government of the United States.

The African Burial Ground National Monument is the first National Monument dedicated to Africans of early New York and Americans of African descent. This portion of the tour will cover the stories of the Africans who are buried here and the modern day New Yorkers who fought to honor these ancestors.

key Learning objectives include:



  1. A look at the actions and principles that drove the foundation and evolution of the United States Government and why this is still relevant today.

  2. Making great spaces and places through a blend of the old and new.

  3. The story of modern day New Yorkers who fought to honor their ancestors.

  4. How the Antiquities Act, the first law to establish that archaeological sites on public lands as important public resources, drove the transformation to a National Memorial.



Alexandra Peet, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Through positions with private and non-profit entities, Ms Peet has experience in federal project management, master planning, environmental planning, resource management, socioeconomics, mapping, data analysis, and public participation. As an environmental planner with Atkins, Ms. Peet worked on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance documentation associated with transportation projects, electrical ... Read More

Barbara Applebaum

Confirmed Speaker

Chief of Interpretation, Education and Visitor Services, Manhattan Sites Read More

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