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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.

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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WANTED: Organizations to sign on to an advocacy letter in support of the African American Burial Grounds Preservation Ac...
02/25/2022
Supporting the African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act

WANTED: Organizations to sign on to an advocacy letter in support of the African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act. "The African-American Burial Grounds Preservation Program would help to re-discover the existence of burial grounds ahead of commercial development, avoiding disturbances which create heartache in communities and development delays. It will aid family members, descendants, and community members in honoring and remembering their shared past. Preserving and protecting these sacred sites, and the stories they tell, is an integral part of our American heritage.

The African-American Burial Grounds Preservation Act will help preserve our shared history while also better informing development decisions and community planning." Click the link to add your organization: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfpsDcCh_uHfaqHUrkrwiTePH6vM14ILMAS99z_ihBUYgGg3g/viewform

The Honorable Joe Manchin III Chairman Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable John Barrasso Ranking Member Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Washington, D.C. 20510 February 22, 2022 Dear Chairman Manchin and Ranking Member Barrasso: On behalf o...

Do you have a building or site in south-central Pennsylvania that could use a small grant to accomplish a project? The L...
02/25/2022
Apply for the Louis J. Appell, Jr., Preservation Fund for Central Pennsylvania - Preservation Pennsylvania

Do you have a building or site in south-central Pennsylvania that could use a small grant to accomplish a project? The Louis J. Appell, Jr., Preservation Fund for Central Pennsylvania, jointly administered by Preservation Pennsylvania and the National Trust for Historic Preservation is designed to encourage preservation at the local level and provides money for the maintenance and preservation of historic places in Central Pennsylvania. Deadline to apply: March 15. More information at the link on our website: https://www.preservationpa.org/louis-j-appell-jr-preservation-fund-for-central-pennsylvania/

The Louis J. Appell, Jr., Preservation Fund for Central Pennsylvania, jointly administered by Preservation Pennsylvania and the National Trust for Historic Preservation is designed to encourage preservation at the local level and provides money for the maintenance and preservation of historic places...

Deadline March 9: Pennsylvania At Risk is a tool for those working locally to save places they care about. It draws stat...
02/24/2022
PA At Risk - Preservation Pennsylvania

Deadline March 9: Pennsylvania At Risk is a tool for those working locally to save places they care about. It draws statewide attention to the plight of Pennsylvania’s historic resources, promotes and supports local action to protect historic properties, and encourages funding and legislation that supports preservation activities. https://www.preservationpa.org/participate/at-risk/

HOW WILL YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?Pennsylvania At Risk Pennsylvania At Risk is a tool for those working locally to save places they care about. It...

We've got that lovin' feelin' -- for Pennsylvania's National Historic Landmarks. Join us for an armchair tour of "Landma...
02/22/2022
Landmarks We Love

We've got that lovin' feelin' -- for Pennsylvania's National Historic Landmarks. Join us for an armchair tour of "Landmarks We Love" on Monday, February 28 at 6pm. Free, but registration is required. Preservation Pennsylvania Executive Director Mindy Crawford will highlight the most romantic, quirky and lovable NHLs in the state. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/landmarks-we-love-tickets-271196826007?aff=FB

Plan your summer road trips to Pennsylvania's National Historic Landmarks with this online tour to places we love!

Former Associate Director Julia Chain shared her PA Love Letter with us (and those of you who have missed pictures of he...
02/18/2022
A memory, a feeling, a view… pondering the love of a place - Preservation Pennsylvania

Former Associate Director Julia Chain shared her PA Love Letter with us (and those of you who have missed pictures of her adorable dog, Kelby, will definitely want to check this post out!) Read her post and add a new place to your "to visit" list! https://www.preservationpa.org/pondering-the-love-of-a-place/

I wanted to write a love letter about a place that is meaningful to me for a myriad of reasons; the Cameron-Masland Mansion at Kings Gap State Park. This Italianate summer home was originally built in 1908 and now serves as a venue and bed and breakfast.

Do you LOVE a place that's endangered? Could listing on Pennsylvania At Risk help your efforts to protect and preserve i...
02/15/2022

Do you LOVE a place that's endangered? Could listing on Pennsylvania At Risk help your efforts to protect and preserve it? Visit preservationpa.org PARTICIPATE tab to learn more and submit a nomination to 2022 #PAatRisk

It's Valentine's Day and we're kicking off our series of posts about places to love in Pennsylvania. 💕Read our interview...
02/14/2022
Pittsburgh Treasure: National Negro Opera House - Preservation Pennsylvania

It's Valentine's Day and we're kicking off our series of posts about places to love in Pennsylvania. 💕Read our interview with Jonnet Solomon, the visionary behind the effort to preserve and provide arts programming at the National Negro Opera Company House. The Pittsburgh Queen Ann mansion was listed on the National Trust's "11 Most Endangered" list in 2020. https://www.preservationpa.org/pittsburgh-treasure-national-negro-opera-house/

In Pittsburgh, the former National Negro Opera Company mansion is located on Apple Street in the city's Homewood neighborhood. The house has many stories to tell and owner Jonnet Solomon is pursuing restoration of the building and arts and music programming.

Do you have a building or site in south-central Pennsylvania that could use a small grant to accomplish a project? Read ...
02/11/2022
Apply for the Louis J. Appell, Jr., Preservation Fund for Central Pennsylvania - Preservation Pennsylvania

Do you have a building or site in south-central Pennsylvania that could use a small grant to accomplish a project? Read our latest blog post: The Louis J. Appell, Jr., Preservation Fund for Central Pennsylvania, jointly administered by Preservation Pennsylvania and the National Trust for Historic Preservation is designed to encourage preservation at the local level and provides money for the maintenance and preservation of historic places in Central Pennsylvania. Deadline to apply: March 15, 2022

The Louis J. Appell, Jr., Preservation Fund for Central Pennsylvania, jointly administered by Preservation Pennsylvania and the National Trust for Historic Preservation is designed to encourage preservation at the local level and provides money for the maintenance and preservation of historic places...

Let's talk about the future of preservation. Start here, with a consideration of The Relevancy Project. Bonnie McDonald ...
02/01/2022
The Relevancy Project: Keynote by Bonnie McDonald - Preservation Pennsylvania

Let's talk about the future of preservation. Start here, with a consideration of The Relevancy Project. Bonnie McDonald of Landmarks Illinois gave our keynote talk on her effort to talk to a wide group of individuals, gather inspiration and help provide solutions and ideas for our movement to connect and make a real difference. What do you think? https://www.preservationpa.org/the-relevancy-project-keynote-by-bonnie-mcdonald/

Preservation Pennsylvania welcomed Bonnie McDonald, President & CEO of Landmarks Illinois, to give the keynote talk at our 2021 Honor Awards. The Relevancy Project is a forward-looking effort to catalogue the issues and challenges of the preservation field as it exists and to instigate change to hel...

Don't miss out on the inspiring festivities; check out the 2021 Preservation Pennsylvania Honor Awards in our newest web...
01/31/2022
2021 Preservation Pennsylvania Honor Awards - Preservation Pennsylvania

Don't miss out on the inspiring festivities; check out the 2021 Preservation Pennsylvania Honor Awards in our newest website post. (Coming soon: we'll highlight The Relevancy Project in an upcoming post.)

Pennsylvania's preservation community gathered [virtually] to present the 2021 Preservation Pennsylvania Honor Awards and celebrate the extraordinary work of two individuals: Sydelle Zove and Jeff Marshall.

Weigh in on the preservation trades: "On behalf of the Campaign for Historic Trades, PlaceEconomics is conducting a surv...
01/26/2022
Preservation Trades

Weigh in on the preservation trades: "On behalf of the Campaign for Historic Trades, PlaceEconomics is conducting a survey of preservation professionals. We've gotten great responses so far, so thanks to all who have participated. If you still want your opinions known on this important topic, please take this last opportunity to take this poll. Thanks, and we are looking forward to sharing the results."
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Deadline to apply Feb 22: The Hagen History Center (HHC) seeks a new Executive Director to bring vision and implementati...
01/25/2022
Hagen History Center - Home

Deadline to apply Feb 22: The Hagen History Center (HHC) seeks a new Executive Director to bring vision and implementation capabilities to energetically direct the growth, goals and operations of the HHC. The HHC has a reputation for leadership in preservation and interpretive programming, making it northwestern Pennsylvania’s premier heritage center. Originally incorporated in 1903, the HHC inspires and engages through dynamic educational programs, community outreach, and exhibits and publications. Its collections and archives serve as a comprehensive, accessible resource for all.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is the organization’s chief operating and administrative officer. Responsibilities include management of properties, operations, financial affairs and employees and contractual staff.
A 501c3 membership organization, the HHC has undergone significant growth in the last 5 years. There are two campuses, 18 employees, and an annual operating budget of almost $1.5 million. In 5 months since re-opening in late July 2021, the HHC has had almost 10,000 visitors, enjoying educational programs, the museum and exhibits, library and archives, gift shop, events and rental facilities. Located in Erie, near the shores of Lake Erie’s Presque Isle, the HHC is a cultural jewel in the crown of the region’s renaissance.
The HHC strategic goals are to:
• engage more diverse supporters and visitors and extend the HHC’s geographical scope by adopting and implementing a long-term brand platform,
• create a dynamic visitor experience based on leading museum educational and public engagement practices to distinguish HHC as a destination of choice for a growing audience,
• be an organization that adapts to changing economic and societal opportunities and threats,
• strengthen the HHC’s role as the primary repository for historical archives and collections for the region’s diverse history.
A comprehensive position description will be made available to qualified applicants, but the Board of Directors seeks an >>Executive Director with demonstrated capability in:
>>Management of a History Organization
>>Philanthropic & Community Advocacy
>>Communications and Engagement
>>Strategic Planning & Implementation
Applicants are requested to focus emphasis on their relevant experience in these areas. For more information about the Hagen History Center, please visit Hagen History Center - www.eriehistory.org
The salary range for the position is $98,000-$107,000. A comprehensive benefit package is provided. HHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.
Applications consisting of cover letter and resume must be directed to HHC Transition Committee at [email protected]. PHONE CALLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Applications received by February 18, 2022, will receive full consideration. www.eriehistory.org

Hagen History Center inspires and engages through dynamic educational programs, community outreach, and with relevant exhibits and publications.

01/21/2022

Join us January 26 to celebrate Sydelle Zove and her local preservation work as the convener of the Friends of Abolition Hall (Montgomery County), an effort to preserve an important Underground Railroad site and a crossroads village that was Pennsylvania's first-ever National Register Historic District. Preservation Pennsylvania will honor her with the Henry A. Jordan Award in a virtual event. Register at preservationpa.org

01/19/2022
A Preservationist is...

Join us January 26 to celebrate Jeff Marshall's 40 year career of saving special places in Bucks County and beyond. Preservation Pennsylvania will honor him with the F. Otto Haas Award in a virtual event. Register at preservationpa.org

Advocacy advice from Preservation Pennsylvania Executive Director Mindy Crawford on Thursday, January 20. This National ...
01/13/2022
Advocacy and Grassroots Preservation: Fighting the Good Fight

Advocacy advice from Preservation Pennsylvania Executive Director Mindy Crawford on Thursday, January 20. This National Alliance of Preservation Commissions webinar will answer your questions about the role you can take to advocate for historic resources, good policies and effective legislation. Information will be provided on dealing with governmental affairs and advocacy strategies at the local, state, and federal levels with lots of examples of effective advocacy work. CE Credits: 1.5 AIA/AICP
Free for NAPC Members, $10 general admission.
When: Thu, Jan 20, 2022 · 1pm · EST
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Click here to register: https://www.bigmarker.com/national-alliance-of-preserv/Advocacy-and-Grassroots-Preservation-Fighting-the-Good-Fight?show_live_page=true

One of the most important tools a commissioner needs for design review is the ability to interpret architectural drawings. For commission members with a limited background in architecture, construction, or design, analyzing plans and drawings can be intimidating. Learn about the different parts and....

Sad news from Cumberland County and one of our #PAatRisk places: Harriet Gumby has passed away. Harriet and her sister, ...
01/05/2022

Sad news from Cumberland County and one of our #PAatRisk places: Harriet Gumby has passed away. Harriet and her sister, Edna, shared the story of the Mt Tabor Church as part of the Cumberland County Historical Society's Heart & Soul project. The information led to new appreciation for the area's African-American history and created an amazing movement that is carried on by the Mt Tabor Preservation Project. Learn more in the post below.

We are sorry to hear about the passing of Harriet Gumby. Harriet and her siblings were grandchildren of Elias Parker a Civil War Veteran buried in Mount Holly Springs. Harriet and her sister, Edna, shared the story of the Mt Tabor Church and created an amazing movement that is carried on by the Mt Tabor Preservation Project. Stories have power and we are so glad that the Gumby's shared their family's story.

This is a photograph of Harriet at the dedication of the church as part of the Cumberland County Register of Historic Places in 2017.

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Harrisburg, PA
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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!