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Director, Molly Garfinkel 
Molly directs the Place Matters program at City Lore. She has worked in Cultural Resource Management, museum education, exhibit curation, collections archiving and traditional arts presentation. Her research has explored Western and non-Western building traditions, theories of cultural landscapes, and histories of urbanism and city planning. Molly holds a BA in Art History from Wesleyan University and an MA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. (molly@citylore.org)

Documentarian, Elena Martínez
Elena is responsible for fieldwork and production on a number of City Lore projects. For Place Matters she helps to collect and research nominations to the Census of Places that Matter, and conducts special initiatives such as the Mambo to Hip Hop documentation project in the South Bronx. She is the co-producer of the award-wining PBS documentary From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale. Elena has an MA in Folklore and Anthropology. (emartinez@citylore.org)

Photographer, Martha Cooper
Martha's long association with City Lore has included participation in many exhibits and publications, including a 2002 exhibit about the spontaneous memorials of September 11th called Missing: Streetscape of a City in Mourning. For Place Matters she shoots many of the places nominated to the Census and her work can be seen throughout this website. (kodakgirl@rcn.com). 

We extend our appreciation to the hundreds of individuals and organizations with whom we have collaborated over the years. We owe a particular debt to the many interns and volunteers who have researched, written, photographed, and done other valuable work for Place Matters.

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