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MAS Preservation Fellow Volunteers for New Orleans Mission

lisa kersavage

Lisa Kersavage, the Municipal Art Society’s Kress/RFR fellow for historic preservation, has departed on a volunteer mission to New Orleans to assist the local Historic District Landmarks Commission in surveying hurricane and flooding damage to the city’s individual landmarks and historic districts. During her 12-day stay, Lisa will help staff the overburdened commission and coordinate with FEMA and the State Historic Preservation Office on Section 106 reviews of National Register-eligible buildings. FEMA and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are already working hard on preservation issues in New Orleans.

In addition, Lisa will aid the commission’s efforts to advocate that preservation be an important component of the city’s rebuilding, and she will share the experience the MAS has gained in organizing major public preservation projects like Imagine New York. Lisa, who wrote her master’s thesis in historic preservation at Columbia University on cultural and heritage tourism, both vital to New Orleans, has a long-standing affection for that city. The MAS is supporting Lisa’s trip and wishes her the best of luck in her work.