If all we learned of Germantown, Philadelphia history came solely from its remarkable constellation of historic sites, we would miss much of the rich narrative of African American history. Join us on February 4th as David Young presents “Making African American History in Germantown," exploring path-breaking efforts going back over 100 years to chronicle African American life in Germantown, as well as the neighborhood’s role in showcasing diverse history, even when its museums, markers and monuments did not.
David Young is executive director at Cliveden, a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Germantown. He has served as director of the Johnson House Historic Site, also in Germantown, a National Historic Landmark museum of the Underground Railroad; executive director of the Salem County Historical Society in New Jersey, South Jersey’s oldest collecting institution; and education director at the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia History. He has published on Germantown’s African American and Underground Railroad history, as well as on issues related to historic site sustainability. He currently serves as a lecturer in the Graduate Program of Historic Preservation in the University of Pennsylvania School Of Design and as a member of the National Historic Landmarks Committee of the National Park Service Advisory.
A native of Chicago, David has a bachelor’s degree in German from Northwestern University and was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Munich in 1992-1993. He received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from the Ohio State University, where his dissertation explored Germantown’s 20th century through how its history has been preserved and remembered. His book on Germantown’s role in the evolution of public history will be published by Temple University Press in 2017.