NYNCS Steering Committee
Stephen Ebinger is a former curator and veteran of several museums in New England. With degrees in Anthropology, and History Museum Studies, he has managed collections, built exhibits and developed education programming for all ages. Mr. Ebinger is currently dividing his time between freelance woodworking projects and giving tours at the Museum of the American Gangster in New York City. He is also the founder and coordinator of the NY Steampunk craft co-op and specializes in historic furniture.
Catherine Siemann has a Ph.D. in Nineteenth-Century British literature from Columbia University, and teaches at the Cooper Union and John Jay College, CUNY. She writes on Victorian and Romantic literature and culture, as well as on contemporary popular culture, and has been published in Law & Literature, Nineteenth Century Gender Studies, and Neo-Victorian Studies, as well as the edited collections Steaming into a Victorian Future, Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the forthcoming Re(a)d in Tooth and Claw: Shapeshifters, Transformation, and Hybridity. She also has a J.D. from New York University. Catherine lives in Chelsea with her husband and cats, enjoys New York City history and choral singing, and really will learn to sew one of these days.
Catherine Strachan graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase College with a degree in the fine arts. A graphic designer by trade, she is in love with New York City and its history.
Speaker Series Coordinator
Zoh Rothberg’s work with the NYNCS primarily focuses on textile and fashion history related events. She also writes the blog Costume and Construction.
Eva Ulz, is a mildly eccentric young lady who lives in a West Coast bungalow with her ever-patient husband and no cats. She whiles away most of her time sewing, reading, writing, cooking, musing about this and that, and sometimes playing the cello. She has spent much of her life working in historic house museums, including New York City’s Merchant’s House Museum. She is the authoress of the blog Circa 1850.
Dubbed an “historic gastronomist,” Sarah Lohman recreates historic recipes as a way to make a personal connection with the past. She chronicles her explorations in culinary history on her blog, FourPoundsFlour.com, and her work has been featured in publications as diverse as Edible Manhattan and NHK Japanese Public Television. Currently, she is featured in NYC-TV’s mini-series Appetite City cooking culinary treats from New York’s past. Sarah’s work with the Society focuses primarily on culinary-related events.
Ilana Kohn is a designer of the epoynous womenswear label and a student of historic architecture, having just received her Masters degree in historic preservation. She has an extensive background in illustration and her work has been seen in a variety of publications, including the New Yorker.