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- Jan. 17, 2011 -
Renowned author, archivist, and historian Lynn Downey of Levi Strauss and Co. will be a featured presenter during “Valuing Historic Perspectives,”
the Ninth Annual Historic Preservation Conference, to be held June 22-24, 2011 at the University Park Marriott Hotel near the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Native Californian Lynn Downey was hired as the first Historian for Levi Strauss & Co. in 1989. In the course of her job she has had a number of adventures not generally covered in a graduate school curriculum, not even at the University of California Berkeley, where she received her master’s degree in library and information science, specializing in archives administration. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from San Francisco State University. Lynn writes a monthly history column for the Levi Strauss & Co. internal web site called Threads, and authored all historical materials on the external site (www.levistrauss.com)
. She regularly edits and rewrites books about the history of denim and jeans for authors not accustomed to writing about history, and has served as consultant for two authoritative books on this topic: Denim: From Cowboys to Catwalks by Paul Trynka and Jeans: The Cultural History of an American Icon by James Sullivan. Lynn is also the media spokesperson for company history. She has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the "Today" show and CNBC, and was also interviewed for a French film on the history of denim called "A Faded Blue Planet." She speaks regularly about Levi Strauss & Co. history, and has given lectures at California College of the Arts in San Francisco; the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona; Central St. Martins College in London; the California Historical Society in San Francisco; and the University of Erlangen in Germany.
“Valuing Historic Perspectives”
held jointly by Arizona State Parks, the State Historic Preservation Office, Main Street / Department of Commerce, non-profit Arizona Preservation Foundation, the Arizona Historical Society, and the Arizona Archaeological Council will bring together more than 300 people and organizations interested in current topics and program management best practices in preservation, drawn primarily from architectural, archaeological, historical research, consulting, real estate development, construction, general contracting, Tribal, legal, and state and local government organizations from across the Southwest.
Sessions at the 2011 Conference will include: Folk Baroque: the Art & Architecture of San Xavier del Bac - National Historic Landmark, built 1783-1797; Preserving the History of Arizona and the West in the Levi Strauss & Co. Archives; Introduction to Prehistoric Analyses in Arizona; Doing the Business of Archaeology in Arizona: Integrating AZSITE, the State Historic Preservation Act and the Arizona Antiquities Act into Arizona Archaeology;
and The Basics of Historical Period Artifact Identification.
“Valuing Historic Perspectives”
will be based out of the University Park Marriott Hotel, just outside the campus of the University of Arizona. Registration information is available online at www.azpreservation.com. Conference registration begins at $225 per person; member and early registration and professional affiliation discounts are available. Full-time undergraduate and graduate student rates are available.
Conference underwriters include: Arizona Department of Commerce; the National Park Service; the National Trust for Historic Preservation;
Arizona State Parks; the City of Tucson; Desert Archaeology, Inc.; Statistical Research, Inc.; Archaeological Consulting Services; the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation; the Arizona Historical Society; Local First Arizona; HistoricStreetscapes;
Baker Custom Photo; the Arizona Archaeological Council; and the Arizona State Museum. More information about Arizona Preservation Foundation, its goals and mission, is available at www.azpreservation.org.
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