Preservation Pennsylvania

Preservation Pennsylvania Preservation Pennsylvania is the statewide voice for historic preservation helping people protect and preserve the historic places that matter to them.
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Support preservation; become a member by visiting our website: http://preservationpa.org/page.asp?id=32 Preservation Pennsylvania is the Commonwealth's only statewide, private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to “helping people protect and preserve the historic places that matter to them.” Since our founding in 1982 as the Preservation Fund of Pennsylvania, the organization has expanded its vision and its activities. Now, Preservation Pennsylvania annually sponsors the Statewide Conference on Heritage, the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards, educational programs and advocacy initiatives. We also offer on-site technical assistance to individuals, organizations and corporations in all regions of the Commonwealth. Your generous financial assistance through membership, the annual fund, planned gifts, contributions to special initiatives and our endowed funds is vital to all of Preservation Pennsylvania's statewide historic preservation efforts. Thank you very much for helping us to preserve the future of the past! Your support is deeply and sincerely appreciated. To find out how to make a tax deductible contribution -- http://www.preservationpa.org/page.asp?id=31

Mission: Preservation Pennsylvania, through creative partnerships, targeted educational and advocacy programs, advisory assistance, and special projects, assists Pennsylvania communities to protect and utilize the historic resources they want to preserve for the future.

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You met some passionate preservationists at this year's PA Statewide Conference on Heritage. Quite a few of you became f...
10/22/2020
Announcing Our 2020 Grantees

You met some passionate preservationists at this year's PA Statewide Conference on Heritage. Quite a few of you became fans of Molly Lester's work to restore the reputation of Minerva Parker Nichols, the first woman to have a solo architectural practice in this country. Enjoy the videos and podcast for now, and plan to visit an upcoming exhibition that recently received grant funding from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Read more below and click the article to read about all of the 2020 grant recipients.
"University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
What Minerva Built
The first exhibition to survey the work of architect Minerva Parker Nichols (1862–1949) will reexamine her significant contributions to Philadelphia’s built environment at the turn of the 20th Century and spotlight the broader legacy of women in design. Co-curated by architectural photographer Elizabeth Felicella, historian Molly Lester, archivist Heather Isbell Schumacher, and the Weitzman School’s William Whitaker, the exhibition and an accompanying publication will feature newly commissioned photographs by Felicella of Nichols’ surviving buildings along with drawings and archival materials."

We are delighted to announce our 2020 grants in support of the Philadelphia region’s artists and cultural organizations for exceptional programs, events, and artistic work. These grants represent our steadfast belief in the creativity and resilience of this community and in the abiding importance ...

Exterior of the former Herman Simon mansion in Easton, now home to the Third Street Alliance. The Alliance received an a...
10/22/2020

Exterior of the former Herman Simon mansion in Easton, now home to the Third Street Alliance. The Alliance received an award for its preservation work at this year's Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards. Missed the ceremony? View it here: https://youtu.be/loL2xMI_PFU

If you attended Friday morning's conference session, you heard from JaQuay Edward Carter on how he acts on his preservat...
10/22/2020
Ep. 50 - Meet JaQuay Edward Carter of the Greater Hazelwood Historical Society of Pittsburgh

If you attended Friday morning's conference session, you heard from JaQuay Edward Carter on how he acts on his preservation passions. If you want more or missed it -- check out this podcast interview.

"JaQuay Edward Carter’s mother used to call him 'old soul, young buck.' And now, years later, that passion for the past led to the founding of the Greater Hazelwood Historical Society of Pittsburgh. The organization’s early stages were closely tied to his interest in learning his own family’s history in Hazelwood; one interview with a grandparent would lead to another with a neighbor. 'You would think that [the historical society] would just be about the past and protecting the history of the neighborhood,' he explains. 'But it is also about the future and being able to plan in order to develop and design things in the community.'

#preservationPA #preservation #pennsylvania #savingplaces

We talk about some of the history and the future of Hazelwood with JaQuay Edward Carter, founder of the Greater Hazelwood Historical Society of Pittsburgh.

Are you ready to rumble? Trivia Happy Hour at 4pm on Thursday, Oct 15. Conference attendees will find the Zoom link post...
10/15/2020

Are you ready to rumble? Trivia Happy Hour at 4pm on Thursday, Oct 15. Conference attendees will find the Zoom link posted in the activity stream in our conference Town Square. (The day's sessions: Climate Change & Penn's Woods at 10am; 11 Most Endangered List and Transformational Lessons Learned at noon; Shippensburg Station at 2pm; and Trivia fun at four! #preservationPA

10/14/2020
2020 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards

We celebrated the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award recipients this afternoon. Congratulations to all the recipients! Join the celebration and enjoy our awards presentation video. Many thanks to our sponsors! https://youtu.be/loL2xMI_PFU #preservationPA

Learn the stories behind the 2020 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award Recipients!

We look forward to seeing you for the Keystone Keynote by Sara Bronin (Tomorrow's Preservation Movement) on Tuesday morn...
10/12/2020

We look forward to seeing you for the Keystone Keynote by Sara Bronin (Tomorrow's Preservation Movement) on Tuesday morning at 10am, with days of great speakers to follow. [You still have time to register and learn from them all: https://bit.ly/2GTeTmV ] PA Statewide Conference on Heritage #preservationpa #preservationeducation #preservation #savingplaces

Are you registered and ready for the Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage, Oct 13-16? You can download and prin...
10/11/2020

Are you registered and ready for the Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage, Oct 13-16? You can download and print our conference bingo card and play from Tuesday to Friday. Get the link at https://www.preservationpa.org/get-set-conference-bingo/

#preservation #preservationeducation #paheritage20 #preservationpa

We're thrilled that the Lincoln Motor Court (Bedford County: Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor) - the last surviving mot...
09/30/2020
Vote- Best Roadside Motel Nominees: 2020 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

We're thrilled that the Lincoln Motor Court (Bedford County: Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor) - the last surviving motor court on the historic Lincoln Highway - is currently holding the #1 spot in USA Today's "Reader's Choice Favorite Roadside Motels" contest! Help them stay #1 in the country -- vote! https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-roadside-motel/ #preservation #preservationpa #savingplaces #preservationhappenshere

Voting for the Best Roadside Motel is open! Cast your vote daily to help pick the 2020 10Best Readers' Choice Award for Best Roadside Motel.

Session spotlight: The rehabilitation of a charming train station into a history museum and trailhead stop has contribut...
09/30/2020

Session spotlight: The rehabilitation of a charming train station into a history museum and trailhead stop has contributed to broader community revitalization goals and serves as a model for small towns in Pennsylvania and beyond. Learn, connect, be inspired and register for the virtual Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage, Oct 13-16. https://www.preservationpa.org/participate/conference/ #preservationeducation #preservation #pennsylvania

Expand your knowledge. Connect with others facing similar challenges. Learn and be inspired. Check out this session spot...
09/29/2020

Expand your knowledge. Connect with others facing similar challenges. Learn and be inspired. Check out this session spotlight for the Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage, Oct 13-16. Visit our virtual town square to meet other preservationists. Enjoy sessions in real time or via links to recordings, attend the PA Historic Preservation Awards and lunch & learn sessions on timely topics, plus the Resource Guide with suggestions for learning more about our speakers and their topics. Learn more and register at https://www.preservationpa.org/participate/conference/schedule-speakers/

Do you have your ducks in a row, ready to apply for the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit (HPTC) when it ope...
09/25/2020

Do you have your ducks in a row, ready to apply for the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit (HPTC) when it opens on October 1? While the window for applications doesn't close until October 31, this is a first-come, first-served program so early is better! The HPTC provides tax credits to qualified taxpayers who will be completing the restoration of a qualified historic structure into an-income producing property. Program guidelines are available at https://dced.pa.gov/programs/historic-preservation-tax-credit-hptc/ #preservation #preservationpa #preservationhappenshere #pennsylvania

Here's a sneak peek (just for you!) of the PA Statewide Conference on Heritage virtual space where we'll be meeting and ...
09/24/2020

Here's a sneak peek (just for you!) of the PA Statewide Conference on Heritage virtual space where we'll be meeting and mingling Oct 13-16. When you register ($40/$30 for PreservationPA members), you'll receive instructions for setting up your virtual space profile to access sessions, watch the PA Historic Preservation Awards and enjoy meeting people with common interests and challenges! Visit our website for more details and schedule. https://www.preservationpa.org/participate/conference/ #preservation #preservationpa #preservationhappenshere

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced its 11 Most Endangered Places for 2020. Shout out to Pittsbur...
09/24/2020
Discover America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2020 | National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced its 11 Most Endangered Places for 2020. Shout out to Pittsburgh's Young Preservationists Association for its successful nomination of the National Negro Opera Company House and to the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation for its decades of support for the house. Click the link below to read about the place's amazing history! The 11 Most Endangered list is an annual designation of the National Trust that raises national awareness about threatened historic sites across the country. #preservation #pennsylvania Young Preservationists Association Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

The 2020 America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list vividly demonstrates the richness and power of the many different stories and places that make up our shared American identity and values.

From preservation justice to community-focused development models, the 2020 PA Statewide Conference on Heritage brings l...
09/23/2020
Schedule-Speakers – Preservation Pennsylvania

From preservation justice to community-focused development models, the 2020 PA Statewide Conference on Heritage brings learning, inspiration and networking into your home or office with this year's virtual event. Registration ($40) provides access to live sessions and recording links from Tue Oct 13 - Fri Oct 16, including the PA Historic Preservation Awards ceremony -- PLUS a town hall to meet and greet new friends and sponsors PLUS our Awards newsletter and a downloadable Resource Guide with recommended sources to learn more about the session speakers and topics. Sign up today! #preservation #preservationPA

Schedule-Speakers SCHEDULE & SPEAKERS2020 Statewide Conference on Heritage Register now  Your registration gives you access to the full roster of events, including the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards, plus links to recorded sessions, networking opportunities in our virtual space, our Awar...

People: we might not all be traveling much right now - but when we hit the road again, we want to celebrate the small an...
09/18/2020
Vote- Best Roadside Motel Nominees: 2020 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

People: we might not all be traveling much right now - but when we hit the road again, we want to celebrate the small and the special. So take a minute and vote in this USA Today "favorite roadside motel" poll for the Lincoln Motor Court in Mann's Choice. We don't play favorites with our #PAatRisk places, but, well, okay, it's one of our favorites. https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-roadside-motel/?fbclid=IwAR1jctk6Tkh11L62n5MDC2GH5hGh5M7cBeEk1prCsBSqqQmbKNttbyN_Ipo #preservation #preservationpa #pennsylvania

Voting for the Best Roadside Motel is open! Cast your vote daily to help pick the 2020 10Best Readers' Choice Award for Best Roadside Motel.

Did you register yet for the PA Statewide Conference on Heritage? Speaker Spotlight: Our Keystone Keynote speaker is Sar...
09/17/2020

Did you register yet for the PA Statewide Conference on Heritage? Speaker Spotlight: Our Keystone Keynote speaker is Sara Bronin speaking on “Tomorrow’s Preservation Movement.”
Sara Bronin will look at the ways the preservation movement needs to evolve to address pressing economic, social, and environmental challenges. How can our movement help lead the national conversation on these challenges, using our deep knowledge of the ways that at its best, preservation can improve income inequality, racial discrimination, and climate change? What’s the work we need to do internally to be prepared to lead? Conference runs October 13-16 and registered attendees have access to all sessions, activities and networking, recorded sessions and resource guide. >> Click to register: https://preservationpa.z2systems.com/eventReg.jsp?event=16&

Preservation Pennsylvania serves as a statewide voice for historic preservation. Sometimes that means amplifying the voi...
09/16/2020
2331 Route 981, Derry Twp, PA 15670 | MLS #1429213 | IDX Real Estate For Sale |

Preservation Pennsylvania serves as a statewide voice for historic preservation. Sometimes that means amplifying the voice of one individual who cares about a special place in their community. We heard from a history-loving octogenarian who once owned this 19th century brick house in the 1970s (when the fireplaces throughout were the only source of heat!). She noticed that it's up for sale and she wants to be sure the next owners love and care for it. Will you help spread the word? #preservation #Westmoreland #pennsylvania

Photos and Property Details for 2331 Route 981, Derry Twp, PA 15670. Get complete property information, maps, street view, schools, walk score and more. Request additional information, schedule a showing, save to your property organizer.

Congratulations to the 52 historical and heritage organizations, museums and local governments who received Keystone His...
09/16/2020
PHMC Details

Congratulations to the 52 historical and heritage organizations, museums and local governments who received Keystone Historic Preservation grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. These projects are located in 24 different counties and "support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania for both the benefit of the public and the revitalization of communities. Funding also supports municipal planning initiatives that focus on historic resources or may be used to meet building or community specific planning goals. The program also supports construction activities at resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places." Click below to see the full list of projects.

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission has awarded $2.6 million in Keystone Historic Preservation grants to help historical and heritage organizations, museums and local governments in 24 counties.

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09/11/2020

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Please join us in wishing Associate Director Julia Chain good luck in her new adventures with the USDA. Always up for an...
09/11/2020

Please join us in wishing Associate Director Julia Chain good luck in her new adventures with the USDA. Always up for any challenge, from hoisting heart bombs or relocating errant wildlife at #PAatRisk places to managing a real estate transfer to preserve an old mill (more on that later!) and more, Julia's cheerful can-do approach made a difference to people and places across the state. #preservationPA

York County bridge lovers and #PAatRisk supporters -- tune in to Radio AM1000 on Sunday, Sept 13 at 11;30am in support o...
09/10/2020

York County bridge lovers and #PAatRisk supporters -- tune in to Radio AM1000 on Sunday, Sept 13 at 11;30am in support of the Friends of Sheepford Road Bridge. On "Garden Talk with Bob Carey" they'll discuss "why save this bridge?" Call in and weigh in on why a pretty, historic, iron, Phoenixville-made bridge deserves restoration over demolition. Read more at the Friends' website: https://savesheepfordroadbridge.org/

Job Opportunity (Philadelphia County): Paul Robeson was an activist and world-renowned performer. In his 50 year career,...
09/01/2020
Paul Robeson House & Museum | Historic house in honor of Paul Leroy Robeson

Job Opportunity (Philadelphia County): Paul Robeson was an activist and world-renowned performer. In his 50 year career, he recorded popular albums, filled concert halls, and played title roles in “Othello,” “Showboat,” and “The Emperor Jones.”

After his social justice advocacy led to persecution from the U.S. government, he retired to the Philadelphia home of his sister, Marian Forsythe. Now owned by the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the house museum seeks an executive director. Deadline October 9. More details at their website: https://www.paulrobesonhouse.org/

Happy National Dog Day in these dog days of August - from our official preservation pooch, Kelby! #nationaldogday #penns...
08/26/2020

Happy National Dog Day in these dog days of August - from our official preservation pooch, Kelby! #nationaldogday #pennsylvania #preservation

On this day, 100 years ago, the 19th Amendment was ratified, at last giving women the right to vote. The Justice Bell wa...
08/19/2020

On this day, 100 years ago, the 19th Amendment was ratified, at last giving women the right to vote. The Justice Bell was commissioned by a Chester County suffragist, Katharine Wentworth Ruschenberger, in 1915, to help the Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Association in its campaign. Read more: https://www.nps.gov/articles/dyk-justice-bell.htm

An exciting update for our #PAatRisk list: Camp Archbald (Susquehanna County) is saved! Read more on our website's new N...
08/18/2020
PA AT RISK: Camp Archbald, SAVED

An exciting update for our #PAatRisk list: Camp Archbald (Susquehanna County) is saved! Read more on our website's new News section.

On July 29th, 2020 Supporters of Camp Archbald (Susquehanna County) rejoiced when Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA (GSHPA) announced that Camp Archbald reached its benchmarks and would no longer be s…

An exciting update from Abolition Hall (Montgomery County) in the effort to preserve a historic underground railroad sit...
08/08/2020

An exciting update from Abolition Hall (Montgomery County) in the effort to preserve a historic underground railroad site, part of Pennsylvania's very first National Register District. Developer K. Hovnanian is stepping away from plans to build 60+ townhouses. Friends of Abolition Hall remain vigilant as the heirs shop the parcel around - but refuses to negotiate with Whitemarsh Township. #PaAtRisk

K. Hovnanian has terminated its agreement of sale with the Corson heirs, and has withdrawn its application for preliminary plan approval. This is welcome news, but...other developers are in the wings. Once again, Whitemarsh Township attempted to open negotiations with the heirs, but for now, that door is closed. We will continue to monitor submissions to the Planning Department (by filing right-to-know requests), and will post news here.

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Save the historic Allentown State Hospital from demolition next weekend
New at risk historic property under threat of demolition.
We need more Our Town silent movies like this one from 1925 Plymouth, PA. Interesting buildings and street scenes captured throughout the film.
Any new updates on the Mifflin House? The first year of the two-year hold on development is over, and we are starting into the final year. How much work is left to preserve this historic site? What has been accomplished already? How much funds have been raised? How much more fundraising is needed?
T-minus 12 days left to register for resident camp at Camp Archbald! Camp Archbald is currently one of Preservation PA's 2019 at risk sites. Help us continue to run camp and preserve this historic property. Registration ends at midnight on June 8th. Registration is so easy! It only takes about 20 mins to complete the form and pay. Visit http://bit.ly/2019socaregistration to sign up! Open to all girls ages 6-18. #2019socacamp
Any help protecting our historic Church is greatly appreciated. THANK YOU!
Hi Folks! We need interns, especially aspiring historians, architectural historians and public history majors! Please help us get the word out!