Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Brown Bag luncheon in Phoenix explores building inclusive communities

The city of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office will highlight its efforts to build inclusive communities at the free Faces of Diversity Brown Bag luncheon series noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Phoenix City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St. In 2003, the Historic Preservation Office developed a multi-year survey and designation plan that provided for three ethnic historic property surveys - African-American heritage, Hispanic heritage and Asian-American heritage. The three surveys document the history of these communities and identify the number and location of historic properties associated with their ethnic heritage and significance to the community.

Barbara Stocklin and Kevin Weight, city’s Historic Preservation Office, as well as others directly involved with the project, including Frank Barrios, a Phoenix resident; Jim Boozer, former city of Phoenix Housing Department director; Karen Leong, associate professor of Asian Pacific American Studies, ASU; and Jean Reynolds, public program historian, city of Chandler; will share their experiences. Bring your lunch and enjoy a cultural experience. No reservation needed. For more information, call 602-261-8242 or 602-534-1557/TTY or click here.