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Joyce Mendelsohn is an educator, historian and writer. She is widely known for her lectures, seminars and walking tours sponsored by major cultural and educational institutions, such as Cooper Union, Hofstra University, Baruch College, the 92nd Street Y, Historic Districts Council and Henry Street Settlement. From 1987-2004, she taught courses on New York City history and architecture at the New School. Ms. Mendelsohn served as the first Director of Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum from 1992 to 1994 and developed a new walking tour for the museum in 2008. As education consultant for the Historic House Trust of New York City from 2002-2007, she surveyed education programs at house museums and wrote educational materials. She works closely with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy in training guides to lead tours of the neighborhood, including visits to historic synagogues, and in developing educational programs and materials for school children.
Ms. Mendelsohn is the author of The Lower East Side, Remembered and Revisited--History and Guide to a Legendary New York Neighborhood (Lower East Side Press, 2001, new and expanded edition, Columbia University Press, 2009) and Touring the Flatiron: Walks in Four Historic Neighborhoods (New York Landmarks Conservancy, 1998). Among her articles and chapters, she has contributed a dozen entries to The Encyclopedia of New York City, Kenneth Jackson, editor (Yale University Press, 1993, 2010); Two chapters in A Biographical Dictionary of African-American Architects, 1865-1945. D. Wilson, editor (Rutledge Press, 2004); "Immigrant Trail," a chapter in MTA Guide, New York City by Bus and Subway, Rod Kennedy, Jr. editor (Iamco Communications, Inc. 2009). "Public Baths," a chapter in Jews: A People's History of the Lower East Side, Ed. Clayton Patterson. Seven Stories Press,(anticipated publication date 2012).
Ms.Mendelsohn is the recipient of the first Lillian D. Wald award from Henry Street Settlement and a 2010 Grassroots Preservation Award from the Historic Districts Council. She is a Board Member of the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative. She is a Founding Member of the Friends of the Bialystoker Home, a coalition of groups campaigning for landmark designation of the 1931 Art Deco Jewish nursing home at 228 East Broadway. www.friendsofthelowereastside.org