Historic Preservation

  • Commemorative Bronze Plaque dedicated to Dinah, erected in Stenton Park, 1912. Photo courtesy of the Germantown Historical Society.

Inequality in Bronze: Shared Authority and Collaborative Commemoration at Stenton

Thursday, October 28, 2021 12:00pm
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Laura C. Keim, HSPV Lecturer and Stenton Curator, will share Stenton’s journey to build connection and community in the process of re-memorializing Dinah, a once enslaved woman who saved the house from burning by British soldiers in 1777. 

If you require any accessibility accommodation, such as live captioning, audio description, or a sign language interpreter, please email news@design.upenn.edu to let us know what you need. Please note, we require at least 48 hours’ notice. If you register within 48 hours of this event, we won’t be able to secure the appropriate accommodations.

Laura Keim teaches the History of the American Domestic Interior (HSPV-531). She has also co-taught a history and planning seminar centered on the Germantown neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia, where she has worked for the Historic Germantown consortium of sixteen sites. She has advised theses on diverse topics, from nineteenth-century furniture to twentieth-century plastic laminate.

Laura has served as the Curator for Stenton, a historic site in northwest Philadelphia since 1999. She also worked as Curator for Wyck and the Historic Germantown consortium. She has published articles in The Magazine ANTIQUES, Ceramics in America, and recently completed Stenton: A Visitor’s Guide to the Site History and Collections. Her primary interests include architecture, the decorative arts and material culture of the Atlantic world as well as the history of collecting and understanding the past in England and America. She currently serves on the Board of the American Friends of Attingham.