Susan De Vries learned how to whistle at age four during a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Home National Site and has had a love for history and historic sites ever since. She is a researcher, lecturer and photographer with a specialty in New York City’s rich architectural history and a focus on the early 19th century city.
Susan has worked in the fields of historic preservation, museums and history for organizations such as the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation. She has presented lectures on a diverse range of topics, including researching historic buildings online, 19th century yellow fever epidemics and interpretation at historic house museums.
Her research and photography is currently featured online at Brownstoner, a blog focused on Brooklyn’s architecture. She is a former member of the board of the New York Preservation Archive Project and is a currently a member of the Community Advisory Board of the Wyckoff Farmhouse in Brooklyn.
In addition, she is an avid gardener with more than 15 years of experience with urban gardens, including transforming and maintaining a sidewalk memorial garden and creating a garden committee to turn a concrete courtyard into a greener space.