Building a Place for History
Lavada Nahon is the interpreter of African American History for NYS OPRHP. She is a culinary historian focused is on the 17th – 19th century mid-Atlantic region, with an emphasis on the work of enslaved cooks in the homes of the elite class, and a generalist in African American history through the 20th century. Lavada has 18 plus years of public history experience working with a variety of historic sites, societies, and museums across the tri-state region. Lavada has developed educational programs, after-school programs, lectures and tours, period presentations and historic dinners for sites ranging from the New York Historical Society, Albany Institute of Art and History, Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, Johnson Hall, many more. She worked as a museum associate and educator for Historic Hudson Valley for 12 years at Van Cortlandt Manor and Philipsburg Manor Upper Mills, and as a production coordinator for their special events team for 3. Her mission is to bring history to life both its tastes and by giving presence to the Africans and people of African descent in the landmass that was once New Netherland and now New York in whatever way possible.