Meet The Author “A Passion To Preserve” At Athenaeum

passion to preserve (10.12) As part of the 2012 Providence Preservation Society symposium, “Not Always Pretty: Behind the Façade of Historic Preservation in Providence” the Providence Athenaeum will host Will Fellows author of “A Passion To Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of the Culture.”

The important role of gay men in the Historic Preservation movement has long been an open secret. Assuming the more acceptable guises of eccentric antiquarians, urban pioneers, collectors, or bachelor decorators, they have frequently been at the forefront of saving, interpreting, and advocating for our material and architectural heritage. Join us for a discussion of this little known but essential part of the history of preservation in America. Books available for sale and signing.

Little known? Doesn’t seem like much of a secret at this point. And on behalf of the straight people of the city of Providence I would like to say “Thank you, Gays!” (Bachelor Decorator should be the name of a show on Bravo.)

Free and open to the public, 5pm to 7pm, Friday, October 12, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street (fb)

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