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Monday, March 14, 2016

Lessons from the Cuban Experience - 4/13

Steven Englehart to discuss Adirondack Architectural Heritage trip to Cuba at Albany Roundtable

“Preserving Patrimony: Lessons from the Cuban Experience”

When Adirondack Architectural Heritage — also known as AARCH — took a tour group to Cuba in early 2016, it built a 1,500-mile-long bridge between the Adirondacks and the island, which has been closed off to Americans for 60 years. What members saw, learned and came to feel about the historic places - the soul of the nation - and the Cubans’ efforts to save and restore them was both surprising and familiar.

AARCH’s executive director Steven Engelhart will explore what the group learned about Cuba’s history, culture, and preservation efforts, and what it taught them about our own history and preservation challenges. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 13 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are open to the public.

Steven Engelhart is the Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the regional historic preservation organization of the Adirondack Park. AARCH's mission is to promote better public understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the region's built environment. Among AARCH’s many activities are: sponsoring a series of tours of historic places during the summer and fall; conducting workshops; giving slide presentations on a variety of subjects; publishing a Newsletter; staffing Camp Santanoni, and providing technical assistance to individuals, organizations and local governments.

Steven is a native of the region and has a B.A. degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and a M.S. in historic preservation from the University of Vermont. He is the author of Crossing the River: Historic Bridges of the AuSable River, a small book about bridges and local history of the AuSable Valley. He resides in Wadhams.

Reservations are required and seating is limited. The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the April 13 luncheon are required by Tuesday, April 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Capital Region Chamber) or by sending an e-mail to