Join journalist Roberta Gratz, in conversation with preservation activist Anthony C. Wood, and learn about key moments in New York City's Development, starting with the history of the J. M. Kaplan Fund and its role in shaping the city from World War II to the present.
The J.M. Kaplan Fund was established in 1945 by Jacob M. Kaplan, and would go on to play a critical role in New York City's cultural and urban life. Kaplan's long leadership of the Fund (1945-1977) was marked by determined advocacy, including the effort to save Carnegie Hall from destruction, support for institutions like The New School for Social Research and the South Street Seaport Museum, as well as to bolster the cause of union democracy, the arts, and the co-operative movement. Since the 1970s, the Fund has been led by Kaplan's daughter, Joan K. Davidson, who has led the Fund to its current place as a forceful presence in New York City's civic life, supporting the Westbeth Artists Housing, Greenmarkets, and more.
Roberta Brandes Grantz is an award-winning journalist, urban critic, lecturer, and author who has published four previous books, including most recently We're Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City andThe Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs.
Anthony C. Wood is a preservation activist, writer, teacher, historian, grants maker and philanthropic advisor. Since l993 Anthony C. Wood has been the Executive Director of the Ittleson Foundation. Prior to that he served as the Chief Program Officer at the J. M. Kaplan Fund. For over twenty years he was an adjunct professor in the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. He is the author of Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a City’s Landmarks and co-organizer of Preservation Vision (2009) and the Fitch Forum on Preservation Law (2011).