Landmark West’s Youth Education Program

Local History Detectives

Students discover how their neighborhood has changed in the last one hundred years. Using My Preservation Journal, students investigate actual sites to determine the differences between “then” and “now.”  What has been added? What can you no longer see?

Program Description

Students first use historic photographs to learn about a specific site – a building or intersection – then go on a walking tour to the same site and observe it in the present, noting the similarities and differences between yesterday and today.  Finally, using their knowledge of the past and present, they will design and write about their own vision of the future for the particular site.


Student Goals

  • gain knowledge about the history of the Upper West Side and its development
  • using historic photos and a walking trip, students will see firsthand the change over time for one particular location
  • use their knowledge of the past and present to create a vision of the future
  • consider the importance of landmarks and what they mean for the future


More Workshops

Tour your neighborhood and design your own community

Create a brownstone facade and streetscape model

Compose poems based on neighborhood buildings

Tour a site and observe differences between the past and present

Explore architecture up close and design a contextual facade

To inquire about having your school partner with Keeping the Past for the Future, please contact

Shannon Hill
45 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023

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