David Young

Historic Preservation


David Young is executive director at Cliveden, a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

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.

He was a co-founder of the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District and is an officer with the Concord School Association, winner of the 2007 community action award by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. He serves on the board of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. He is immediate past president of the Historic Germantown Preserved consortium of 15 historic sites in Germantown, winner of the 2009 community action award by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.

He has published on Germantown history and Underground Railroad history, as well as on issues related to historic site sustainability.

A native of Chicago, David has a bachelor's degree in German from Northwestern University, 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 preservation and public memory in 20th century Germantown, where he has lived with his wife and son since 1994.