Today we welcome aboard Lena Rubin as our Programs and Administrative Assistant. Lena has been interning with Village Preservation since June of 2020. In this role she has helped to plan public programs, assisted with the creation of the organization’s new website, and contributed to our East Village Building Blocks website and our upcoming South of Union Square mapping project. As Programs and Administrative Assistant, she will take on greater responsibility in the realm of programming, will write for VP’s blog, and will coordinate multiple aspects of membership and donor events.
Born in Manhattan, Lena maintained a deep connection to the city while growing up in the Lower Hudson Valley region of New York State. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2018 with a degree in History. In her senior thesis, she examines the themes of collective memory and urban spatial practices in the 1871 Paris Commune: a three-month long protest movement and occupation led by the city’s working classes. She is inspired by the ways in which practices of historical commemoration can help us build stronger communities and a more just future. Lena also has a strong interest in the role of art in creating historical records.
Lena’s interest in history originated when she volunteered at the Hastings Historical Society in her hometown of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, as a high school student. She has worked for the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, an organization devoted to celebrating the artistic history of America’s oldest art colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts, as well as for Oxford University Press, where she was an Editorial Assistant for History and Oral History books. Lena lives in Brooklyn. She enjoys writing, painting, practicing yoga, and riding her bike in Prospect Park.
Lena feels a deep connection to the Jewish, queer, leftist, and artistic histories connected to Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo and the surrounding areas. She says, “I am honored to be working for an organization that fosters a sense of place and a shared history in these neighborhoods that I have been drawn to from a young age. I’m grateful to be able to create public programs that get people interested in history, and to do the behind-the-scenes work that helps our organization thrive and connect with its community.”
Lena can be reached at Lena@villagepreservation.org.