Hacking Heritage 2024

Published in Programs.

After a pandemic, an organizational reshuffle, and the arrival of a new executive director, Hacking Heritage returns now under the PPS umbrella. First launched in 2016 as a program of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage, Hacking Heritage is one part coffee klatch, one part think tank. 

This one-day, participant-led gathering is open to anyone with an interest in exploring questions about community history, heritage, and preservation together with neighbors. Pop-up conversations invite questions and debate about how and why we protect, interpret, manage, and market our cultural heritage that may be uncomfortable, provocative, critical, or, as one of our steering committee members put it, just plain weird. It is a place to gather and talk together about things like experimental preservation, marginalized stories, historic houses, monuments, sites of conscience, and digital heritage.

Never been to an unconference before? Here are some FAQs.

All of the sessions are proposed and led by participants and don’t need to follow any particular format. They can be discussions, but they can also be a space for collaboration on a new project with new partners, or a community art-making workshop. All participants are welcome to submit session proposals in advance or at the event.

This year, Hacking Heritage will be held on April 13 from 9:30 am-1:00 pm at Rogers Rec Center (60 Camden Avenue). Click here to learn more about the day’s activities or to register.

Submit a session idea in advance.
Drafty, weird, and/or tentative ideas are welcome!

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