SAH Archipedia OH and WA Events Recap

by SAH News | Mar 03, 2020

In January, SAH Archipedia was the focus of two events sponsored in part by the Society of Architectural Historians and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Conversations on Ohio Architecture:  SAH Archipedia, Ohio’s Classic Buildings

On January 23, 2020, roughly 185 guests joined Barbara Powers, Ohio History Connection; Kevin Rose, Turner Foundation; and historic preservationists Jeffrey Darbee of Benjamin D. Rickey Company and Nathalie Wright for a discussion of Ohio’s architectural history—what makes it special and what it tells us about Ohio history and culture. The evening started with a social hour, including an opportunity for attendees to fill out a postcard listing their favorite Ohio architecture. Barbara Powers began the event, held at the Ohio History Center in Columbus, with an overview of the Ohio SAH Archipedia project and a brief introduction to the broad themes of architecture and history illustrated by the state’s entries. The speakers then gave brief presentations covering their contributions to SAH Archipedia: Jeffrey Darbee discussed state government buildings and Ohio’s early settlement; Kevin Rose highlighted several of Springfield’s key residences linked to Ohio’s industrial growth; and Nathalie Wright covered midcentury modernist through recent architectural works that define modern-day Ohio. The evening concluded with a tour of the Ohio History Center, an icon of modernism celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020.


Conversations on Ohio Architecture: SAH Archipedia, Ohio’s Classic Buildings


Two-part event launches SAH Archipedia for Washington state

On January 28th, 2020, Washington State University’s Center for Arts and Humanities sponsored two events, the first a workshop for librarians led by Amanda Roth Clark, Whitworth University library director, and the second a launch event lecture presentation by Clark and Washington SAH Archipedia co-coordinators J. Philip Gruen, associate professor in the WSU School of Design and Construction, and Robert R. Franklin, assistant director of the Hanford History Project at WSU Tri-Cities.

Clark’s library workshop focused upon Pullman and eastern Washington while guiding 12 regional librarians in how to use SAH Archipedia in library instruction. The evening event, entitled “Constructing Washington State: SAH Archipedia and New Directions in Digital Scholarship,” featured a multimodal lecture presented to more than 65 attendees, followed by a lively audience discussion held in the atrium of WSU's recently-completed "SPARK" Academic Innovation Center. The evening event was previewed in the WSU Insider, and covered in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.


J. Philip Gruen speaks at the "Constructing Washington State: SAH Archipedia and New Directions in Digital Scholarship" event.



J. Philip Gruen, Amanda Roth Clark, and Robert R. Franklin


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