APT Gala Tribute Event
College of Fellows Lecture
Opening Session Brings New Perspective on North American History – Thru a French Lens
The opening keynote session by David Mendel, President of Mendel Tours of Quebec, provided a great overview to the history of Quebec and the city’s highs and lows through history. Its location where the St. Lawrence River narrows is the first nation’s meaning of the city’s name (where the river narrows). The city was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, and began as a small fur trading city. The bluffs/cliffs surrounding the city on three sides provided the city with a natural defense, and defensible stone walls were built on its west for further defense. In 1663, France, supported by Louis the 14th, transformed the empire of Canada and North American claiming the lands and waterways west of the English colonies set up along the eastern seaboard. This expansion of New France had great alliances with the tribes of the first nation’s as the number of settlers from France were less threatening and less in number than those from England. New France fell after the 1760s, as the English colonies were expanding, and because New France was not a supporter of the American Revolution. The speaker showed how many American cities were founded as French cities and forts (Detroit for example was a French port pronounced “De-twa”).
APT Offering a Historic Finishes Workshop June 13 - 14, 2014
Register today for another in a series of "hands-on" workshops, June 13 & 14, 2014. The workshop will be held at the University of Colorado Denver. The Historic Finishes Workshop will focus on decorative finishes of an historic nature. Participants can expect to learn about various types of finishes, deterioration mechanisms, modes of repair or treatment and general conservation practices applied to these materials. The focus will include but may not be limited to plasters, paints, and metals.
APT NYC offered the best of Mid-century Modern!
Paper sessions and keynote speakers covered a wide range of topics, not necessarily Modern, but filled with ideas and case studies making the information applicable to work back home, in my case, in Michigan. Beyond the conference hotel, though, there was plenty to explore, from Times Square to the High Line to Harlem, and of course the incredible sites offered in the Field Sessions.