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 expand

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 expand

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Tips from the pros at Preservation Resource Center on what to do if your historic plaster suffered water damage during r...
09/07/2021
How to repair plaster after storm and water damage

Tips from the pros at Preservation Resource Center on what to do if your historic plaster suffered water damage during recent (or future) storms.

As homeowners assess the damage from Hurricane Ida, it’s important to remember that many historic materials, such as plaster, are resilient to water...

Many communities in Pennsylvania experienced flooding events recently due to significant rainfall resulting from climate...
09/03/2021

Many communities in Pennsylvania experienced flooding events recently due to significant rainfall resulting from climate change. Here are some steps to take post-flooding, from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

08/30/2021

Residents of Cumberland, Franklin & Adams Counties: Interested in becoming a Master Watershed Steward? Class of 2022 applications are being accepted now. After training, stewards complete on-the-ground habitat and stormwater projects such as rain gardens, riparian buffers, stream clean-ups, bioswales and more. They also create educational materials and displays, conduct education programs, develop and conduct speaker series’, host information tables at community events, write newsletter articles, conduct workshops, perform research and water quality assessments, and maintain demonstration gardens.
You're a great candidate if you:
- Are passionate about clean water for all, conservation education, and environmental stewardship
-Are willing to learn and grow as an individual and work well as part of a team
-Have a positive outlook and are enthusiastic about making a meaningful, positive difference in your community
No prior training or experience required! Learn more and submit your application at the Penn State Extension website: https://extension.psu.edu/programs/watershed-stewards/counties/cumberland-county?fbclid=IwAR19z0yDpWF4cupVgG5j0lm6P6v9sbxejsl1wLkIBfdYvCncnUXegeb4CYQ

08/17/2021

Work with Pennsylvania Heritage Areas: PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) is looking for a Recreation and Conservation Advisor 2. This position serves within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Partnerships Division, Landscape Partnerships and Educational Services Section and works directly with the Section Chief to administer the Bureau’s Heritage Area Program to provide overall support to all 12 Pennsylvania Heritage Areas. This position serves as a Project Manager for a variety of heritage area projects which includes participating in the planning, development, coordination, review, approval, and management of assigned projects. This position also helps support the goals and projects set forth that have been identified in every individual Heritage Area Management Action Plan. Salary range: $51-$78,000 Location: Harrisburg, Dauphin County.

The National Negro Opera House in Pittsburgh was listed on the National Trust "11 Most Endangered" (you may have attende...
08/16/2021
Owner, architect race to save decaying National Negro Opera house in Homewood

The National Negro Opera House in Pittsburgh was listed on the National Trust "11 Most Endangered" (you may have attended our conference session with Matthew Craig of the Young Preservationists Association.). Here's an update that shows the dedication of the owner Jonnet Solomon and architect Milton Ogot involved in the project. https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2021/08/12/national-negro-opera-company-house-pittsburgh-homewood-stabilization-plan-damages-owner-architect/stories/202107210104

While a recent influx of grant money signals a brighter future for the birthplace of the National Negro Opera Company, the clock is ticking to stabilize...

07/29/2021

HIRING: Temporary Historic Conservation Technician with Fairmount Park Conservancy in Philadelphia. The Conservation Technician will be responsible for executing work in historic preservation’s skilled trades (traditional building trades) including but not limited to preservation carpentry and preservation masonry repair. Six-month position; 40 hours/week, $20-22 hourly, commensurate with experience. This position does not include employer-paid health insurance, paid holidays and vacation time. A transition to full time employment with benefits will be considered after the 6 month period has expired. https://myphillypark.org/app/uploads/2021/07/Temporary-Conservation-Position.pdf?mc_cid=2950b04515&mc_eid=bfcd5907

The Practical Preservation Podcast is on the National Trust's Top Picks list. Tune in for an interview with Preservation...
07/23/2021

The Practical Preservation Podcast is on the National Trust's Top Picks list. Tune in for an interview with Preservation Pennsylvania's own Mindy Crawford, Executive Director, talking about the importance of local advocacy for protecting historic buildings. https://practicalpreservationservices.com/practical-preservation-podcast-featuring-mindy-crawford-of-preservation-pennsylvania/

The Practical Preservation Podcast is on the National Trust's Top Picks list. Tune in for an interview with Preservation Pennsylvania's own Mindy Crawford, Executive Director, talking about the importance of local advocacy for protecting historic buildings. https://practicalpreservationservices.com/practical-preservation-podcast-featuring-mindy-crawford-of-preservation-pennsylvania/

Posted @withregram • @pattersonfarmpa Farmer Tom Patterson was known for his diligent stewardship of his farm. The old t...
07/20/2021

Posted @withregram • @pattersonfarmpa Farmer Tom Patterson was known for his diligent stewardship of his farm. The old timers had a saying, “For want of a nail, a board was lost. For want of a board, a barn was lost.” It’s a reminder that small efforts made in a timely manner will save larger expenses. It’s common sense.
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Unfortunately this common sense is lost on the Lower Makefield decision makers who manage Patterson Farm today.
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Every year the farm structures look worse. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in rental revenue have been gleaned from Patterson Farm by the township, yet the small maintenance jobs that would preempt larger expenses go ignored. The township has never formulated, much less implemented, an affirmative maintenance plan. The heavy trash that we asked the supervisors to remove well over a year ago, still remains. Vines that will damage the structures grow unchecked.
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How very ironic that a township that had plenty of time and funds available to pursue elderly farmers into relinquishing their precious farm, now has little of either to maintain and preserve it.
The township “kicks the can down the road” by stating there will be more funds available “next year” or they form another “stakeholders committee” to talk some more. We’ve seen it all before, since 1998. Again another Summer with good weather for doing repairs is wasted because the township “decision makers” dither about working with local volunteers who are capable of achieving the preservation the township has failed at. Our preservation plan has been submitted (see our prior post) and is on the table. The township needs to act NOW. #commonsenseisnotsocommon
#lowermakefield #lowermakefieldpa #lowermakefieldisagreatplacetolive #paatrisk #saveoursatterthwaite #farmsmatter #savethefarm #preservation #preservationhappenshere #savingplaces #pennsylvania #BucksCounty #buckscountypa #agriculture #barn

Upcoming virtual preservation learning/conversation opportunity: Sat., July 31, "PRESERVATION FORUM: PRESERVING PLACE IN...
07/16/2021
Preservation Forum | Goucher College

Upcoming virtual preservation learning/conversation opportunity: Sat., July 31, "PRESERVATION FORUM: PRESERVING PLACE IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD" Mindy Crawford, Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania, will be presenting. "With place as the nexus of their inquiries, Forum presenters will examine places we value in the context of traditional and emerging concepts and approaches in historic preservation during five thematically-framed sessions during the Forum day."

Goucher’s M.A.H.P. program has undergone changes in its 25 years, yet it continues to endure and thrive. Echoing that theme, this summer, we are hosting the M.A.H.P. 25th Anniversary Forum, Preserving Place in a Rapidly Changing World.

July 23: Learn the right way to repoint a masonry building, using lime mortar. "The decision to repoint a masonry struct...
07/14/2021
ARTisAn Objective® Workshop MAS-01 Basics of Repointing Brick & Stone Using Lime Mortar - LimeWorks.us

July 23: Learn the right way to repoint a masonry building, using lime mortar. "The decision to repoint a masonry structure is most often related to some obvious signs of deterioration, such as disintegrating mortar, cracks in mortar joints, loose bricks or stones, or damp walls. On the surface, restoration projects may appear straightforward and intuitive, but there’s no substitute for skill and experience. Good repointing practices guarantee the long life of the mortar joint, the wall, and the historic structure. This hands-on workshop introduces the basic principles and work practices needed to repoint vintage brick and/or stone structures using breathable lime mortar supplied by LimeWorks.us. The lecture, demonstrations and hands-on exercises cover the properties of natural hydraulic lime mortars; tips for selecting and mixing lime mortars; and cleaning, filling, repointing, and tooling certain mortar joints. Under the guidance of experienced masons from LimeWorks.us, participants will practice the skills on mock-up panels or historic structures undergoing restoration at our facility. Prior masonry experience is not required." https://www.limeworks.us/product/artisan-objective-workshop-mas-01/?mc_cid=fe8e1a801d&mc_eid=fa5d5b4237

Available Dates: April 16th, 2021 (Registration Closed) May 21st, 2021 (Registration Closed) June 25th, 2021 (Registration Closed) - call for availability July 23rd, 2021 September 17th, 2021 October 15th, 2021 November 12, 2021

Catch the recording of our one hour+ webinar featuring Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap. It's chock full of the small, family-...
07/12/2021
Mod Betty's Whirlwind Tour of Pennsylvania - Preservation Pennsylvania

Catch the recording of our one hour+ webinar featuring Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap. It's chock full of the small, family-owned Pennsylvania businesses that are a treat and a tradition. Support them and enjoy them! Thank you to everyone who attended the webinar and especially to those who donated to support preservation work! #LegacyLovePA #preservationPA #PreservationHappensHere https://www.preservationpa.org/mod-betty-whirlwind-tour-pa-recording/

Preservation Pennsylvania recently hosted Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap for a whirlwind tour of Pennsylvania. For the full-capacity free webinar, she divulged the niftiest spots to visit in each of the Commonwealth's 67 counties.

Tip for vanquishing FOMO (the fear of missing out): Sign up for Preservation Pennsylvania's enews. You'll receive alerts...
07/09/2021

Tip for vanquishing FOMO (the fear of missing out): Sign up for Preservation Pennsylvania's enews. You'll receive alerts about upcoming events and updates about the places you love. http://eepurl.com/dnkVLj

Tip for vanquishing FOMO (the fear of missing out): Sign up for Preservation Pennsylvania's enews. You'll receive alerts about upcoming events and updates about the places you love. http://eepurl.com/dnkVLj

Thank you for the great response to Mod Betty's Whirlwind Tour of PA -- now officially "sold out." (Many thanks to those...
07/08/2021

Thank you for the great response to Mod Betty's Whirlwind Tour of PA -- now officially "sold out." (Many thanks to those who added on a donation!) If you signed up, you'll receive an email from Eventbrite confirming your registration, plus a reminder email about 20 minutes before session starts. We've linked Zoom and Eventbrite so the email gives you an Eventbrite link you can click or scroll down to find the full Zoom invitation details. See you soon!

Thank you for the great response to Mod Betty's Whirlwind Tour of PA -- now officially "sold out." (Many thanks to those who added on a donation!) If you signed up, you'll receive an email from Eventbrite confirming your registration, plus a reminder email about 20 minutes before session starts. We've linked Zoom and Eventbrite so the email gives you an Eventbrite link you can click or scroll down to find the full Zoom invitation details. See you soon!

THURSDAY, 7 PM! Have you signed up for Mod Betty's Whirlwind Tour of Pennsylvania? She'll dish on the best places for fu...
07/07/2021
Mod Betty's Whirlwind Tour of Pennsylvania

THURSDAY, 7 PM! Have you signed up for Mod Betty's Whirlwind Tour of Pennsylvania? She'll dish on the best places for fun and food in each of our 67 counties. When you're planning a roadtrip anywhere in the U.S., her Retro Roadmap website is a great resource for discovering "cool vintage places, good eats, and retro fun!" (Psssst: the webinar will divulge a load of places from her secret stash, NOT listed! You don't want to miss it!) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mod-bettys-whirlwind-tour-of-pennsylvania-tickets-160851572383

Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap highlights the hippest and happiest places in each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties in this one hour virtual tour!

Preservation Erie's Most Endangered list was just announced. The list, with 21 properties in 2021, is intended to make t...
07/02/2021
9 buildings with uncertain futures: Preservation Erie releases 'Most Endangered' list

Preservation Erie's Most Endangered list was just announced. The list, with 21 properties in 2021, is intended to make the public aware of challenges facing each of the properties and to help generate ideas and action to preserve and reuse them. Learn more below: https://www.goerie.com/story/news/local/2021/06/30/preservation-erie-erie-county-most-endangered-properties-local-history/7716450002/

The volunteer organization hopes to rally the community for ideas on how the former factory, schools and other properties can be saved and reused.

Latest enews: Mod Betty's Whirlwind Tour of PA! Free Zoom! (on THURS 7/8) - Plus, 1814 church seeks new owner in Butler ...
06/29/2021

Latest enews: Mod Betty's Whirlwind Tour of PA! Free Zoom! (on THURS 7/8) - Plus, 1814 church seeks new owner in Butler County, and how outdoor recreation can strengthen your local economy webinar https://mailchi.mp/preservationpa/mod-bettys-whirlwind-tour-of-pa-free-zoom

Latest enews: Mod Betty's Whirlwind Tour of PA! Free Zoom! (on THURS 7/8) - Plus, 1814 church seeks new owner in Butler County, and how outdoor recreation can strengthen your local economy webinar https://mailchi.mp/preservationpa/mod-bettys-whirlwind-tour-of-pa-free-zoom

Southwestern Pennsylvania has become the pilgrimage destination for fans of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Visit the mast...
06/29/2021
Relocating a Frank Lloyd Wright house

Southwestern Pennsylvania has become the pilgrimage destination for fans of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Visit the masterpiece Fallingwater, Kentuck K**b and stay overnight in a FLW house in Polymath Park, recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning. #preservation #preservationPA #PreservationHappensHere #Pennsylvania #SavingPlaces https://www.cbsnews.com/news/relocating-a-frank-lloyd-wright-house-polymath-park/

Polymath Park, in southwest Pennsylvania, offers visitors a unique opportunity to tour houses designed or inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright – including some moved there, piece by piece, and lovingly reconstructed.

Executive Director Mindy Crawford gave the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) a walking tour of York City's architectural ...
06/25/2021

Executive Director Mindy Crawford gave the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) a walking tour of York City's architectural highlights today. The segment will be featured as an episode of "Building Pennsylvania," a new PCN series that will air on Sunday evenings at 8:30pm: July 11 (Art Deco Harrisburg), July 18 (Lancaster), July 25 (Easton), Aug. 1 (Pittsburgh Sustainable Bldgs). The York segment will air in August. Learn more at https://pcntv.com/building-pennsylvania/

#pcntv #buildingpennsylvania #preservationpa

Executive Director Mindy Crawford gave the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) a walking tour of York City's architectural highlights today. The segment will be featured as an episode of "Building Pennsylvania," a new PCN series that will air on Sunday evenings at 8:30pm: July 11 (Art Deco Harrisburg), July 18 (Lancaster), July 25 (Easton), Aug. 1 (Pittsburgh Sustainable Bldgs). The York segment will air in August. Learn more at https://pcntv.com/building-pennsylvania/

#pcntv #buildingpennsylvania #preservationpa

06/23/2021
Mod Betty's Whirlwind Tour of Pennsylvania

Whether or not you're planning a road trip for this summer, you won't want to miss our July 8 webinar: Mod Betty's Whirlwind Tour of Pennsylvania! That's right, in just one hour, from the comfort of your favorite chair, Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap is going to reveal her #1 spot for retro fun in each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. Registration required. Thursday, July 8 at 7pm. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mod-bettys-whirlwind-tour-of-pennsylvania-tickets-160851572383?aff=FB

Thursday night, hosted by Carpenters' Hall, Mindy Crawford leads an armchair tour of 18th-century National Historic Land...
06/10/2021
Celibacy and Sedition: Pennsylvania's Other 18th-Century Landmarks

Thursday night, hosted by Carpenters' Hall, Mindy Crawford leads an armchair tour of 18th-century National Historic Landmarks beyond Philadelphia in "Celibacy & Sedition." Register at the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celibacy-and-sedition-pennsylvanias-other-18th-century-landmarks-tickets-150535470645

Carpenters' Hall is just one of many 18th-century buildings in Pennsylvania designated as National Historic Landmarks.

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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!