Profile: Kathleen Galop

Institute Fellow


Kathleen P. Galop, Esq. serves as Principal of Preservation Possibilities LLC, an historic preservation consulting firm she founded in 1998 in Summit, NJ.  An attorney with extensive experience and a national reputation in the administration of historic preservation projects, Kathleen is currently a Fellow at the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience (Rutgers – The State University) with responsibility for programs to develop a stronger historic preservation ethic in the City of Newark. During the 2012-2013 Academic Year, she served as “Scholar in Residence at Caldwell College” consolidating her research on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the origins of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 for publication and into a Lecture Series.

In the Fall 2011, Kathleen was a Rockefeller Gilder Lehrman Residential Fellow at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation conducting research at the Williamsburg Archives and at the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library analyzing the impact that the Williamsburg Seminar on Preservation and Restoration held in 1963 had on the enactment of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.   Previously Kathleen was the recipient of a John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Research Grant and a White House Historical Association Grant to conduct research on Jacqueline Kennedy’s contributions to historic preservation by saving the historic homes surrounding Lafayette Park. Her research entitled “The Historic Preservation Legacy of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” was published in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s forum Journal in May 2006.  Later that year, she presented this research at the Save America’s Treasures Luncheon at the National Trust Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh in November 2006.

Kathleen is a frequent lecturer on historic preservation and The Olmsted Legacy in New Jersey as a member of the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council on the Humanities. She served as an Adjunct Professor in the Certificate in Historic Preservation Program at Drew University (Madison, NJ) where she lectured on historic landscapes and taught a course on Grant Writing for Preservation.

Galop is recognized as an expert in the creation and the development of the historic and cultural landscapes of the Essex and Union County Park Systems. Her authoritative history of Branch Brook Park was published in 2007 to celebrate the 140th Anniversary of America’s First County Park.  As Special Consultant to NJ Network Public Television, she advised on the script, content and the presentation format of the Branch Brook Park documentary film, Branch Brook Park – Legacy of the Gilded Age, which film has aired locally and nationally since 2003.  Galop recently donated her entire Collection of materials on Branch Brook Park and The Newark Cherry Blossom Festival to The Newark Public Library. Her book on the Forest Hill National Register Historic District was published this past January 2014. 

Her expertise on Olmsted Designed Landscapes is evident from the success of her Nominations of three Olmsted designed parks to the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places.  Galop researched and wrote the Nomination placing Newark’s Branch Brook Park (Essex County Park System) on the State (NJ 1980) and the National (1981) Registers; and, she researched and co-authored the Nomination of Anderson Park in Montclair, NJ (Essex County Park System) to the State (NJ 2009) and the National (NJ 2009) Registers. Her Nomination of Briant Pond Park in Summit and Springfield, NJ (Union County Park System) resulted in the Park’s placement on the NJ Register in November 2012, with the Nomination to the National Register currently pending at the National Park Service.

Kathleen is the Founding Trustee of The Newark Cherry Blossom Festival, which in 2014 celebrated its 38th Annual Festival.  She is a founding Trustee of the National Association for Olmsted Parks established in 1981 and currently serves on its Board; a former Trustee of the NJ Historic Trust; a member of The Forum of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; a former Trustee of the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee; Trustee of the Branch Brook Park Alliance from 1999-2007, and presently serves as Trustee Emerita; founding Trustee of WBGO–Jazz 88 Radio; and co-founder of the Friends of Branch Brook Park in 1974. 

Kathleen has served as Development Consultant to the Washington Association of New Jersey raising funds for the Discover History Center which incorporates into its exhibits elements of the NJ Schools Core Curriculum in History and Social Studies, having received a $750,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fund exhibits on Washington’s inoculation of the Continental Army against Small Pox during the Winter Encampments in Morristown.  Kathleen has also served as Development Consultant to The Newark Museum for its Centennial Signature Project which had as a priority the restoration of its six (6) historic properties including the National Historic Landmark John Ballantine House. Kathleen has served as a Development Consultant to the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers Project and the National Association for Olmsted Parks, Washington, DC, to secure grants for the editing and publication costs of the twelve volume series on the writings of Frederick Law Olmsted

Kathleen is admitted to practice law in the States of New Jersey (1972) and New York (1987), and before the Federal Courts (1972 and 1992) and the US Supreme Court (1981).  Her legal experience in the health care field includes the Corporate Law Departments of Prudential Financial (Newark, NJ) and MONY Financial Services (New York, NY).  She served as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Health during the Administration of Governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania where she was responsible for the administration of the Pennsylvania Children's Health Insurance Program (PA CHIP). She was appointed by Governor Jim Florio of New Jersey to two terms as a Trustee of the New Jersey Historic Trust (1991-1996).  While working in the Ridge Administration in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, she was elected to the Board of Trustees of Preservation Pennsylvania (1995-1997).

Previously, Kathleen served as Chair of the Essex County Parks Advisory Council, Director of the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, and Essex County Historic Preservation Officer.

Kathleen has received several awards in recognition of her historic preservation work from the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Newark Jaycees, the New Jersey Jaycees, and the City of Buffalo.  In 2008, she received the coveted Veritas Award from Caldwell University, her alma mater.  In 2008 she was inducted into the Our Lady of Good Counsel Hall of Fame in Newark, NJ. She was elected to a life term on the Board of Governors of The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, where she established the Galop Fund for the Preservation of the Rare Book and Archives Collection. Galop previously served 2 terms on the Board of Trustees of Caldwell College For Women.

Galop received her J.D. degree from The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1971 and her B.A. degree in History from Caldwell College for Women in Caldwell, New Jersey in 1968.