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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Wishing everyone harmony and happiness in 2021!
01/02/2021

Wishing everyone harmony and happiness in 2021!

ICYMI: Executive Director (and Christmas movie connoisseur) Mindy Crawford shares her top 5 Hallmark holiday movies for ...
12/20/2020
How Hallmark Christmas Movies May Help You Feel Better About Saving Historic Places - Preservation Pennsylvania

ICYMI: Executive Director (and Christmas movie connoisseur) Mindy Crawford shares her top 5 Hallmark holiday movies for preservationists (and offers suggestions for how to recreate those Hallmark moments in real life). #preservationhappenshere #preservationpa #pennsylvania #preservation #savingplaces #nationalhistoriclandmark

Hallmark Christmas movies save the landmark from demolition in just two hours, with cocoa. Five movie recommendations for preservationists.

The Chester County Planning Commission, in partnership with the Brandywine Battlefield Task Force, invite you to an onli...
12/16/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Brandywine Battlefield Task Force Webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

The Chester County Planning Commission, in partnership with the Brandywine Battlefield Task Force, invite you to an online event on Thursday, Dec 17th, 6:30pm. REGISTRATION REQUIRED> https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xLJwG3XnShanDXH5ahbweg
Speakers will share some discoveries about the Battle of Brandywine that redefine some of its history! Learn about plans for an American Battlefield Protection Program grant to study Battlefield Strategic Landscapes in portions of today’s Pennsbury, Pocopson, Birmingham, Chadds Ford, Westtown, and Thornbury Townships.

The webinar will also include a reveal of the Southern Brandywine Battlefield Strategic Landscapes Plan for Crown Force Approach, Encampment, Northern Column Flank, and Eastern Column Advance areas, and recognize New Garden, Kennett, East Marlborough, and Pennsbury Townships and Kennett Square Borough.

If you’ve driven through Chester County, you’ve likely passed many historical sites! Did you know that the largest single day land battle of the entire 7-year American Revolution happened right here? The action and events of the Battle of Brandywine (9/11/1777) spanned approximately 35,000 acres...

12/10/2020
A Closer Look - Fallingwater

Do you love Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater? Enjoy new livestream tours offering fascinating stories and an in-depth examination of architectural details you won't see on traditional house tours. “These livestreams help participants gain a deeper understanding of why Frank Lloyd Wright designed features in certain ways or how the Kaufmanns used Fallingwater,” noted Fallingwater Director and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Vice President Justin Gunther. “As live broadcasts, participants are encouraged to ask questions as they explore inside the house with our educators.”

Some of the seven livestream topics include “Dining at Fallingwater,” which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen and dining areas. “Down the Hatch, Under the House” explores the underside of the house’s cantilevers, which is inaccessible during regular tours. Other live sessions explain preservation undertakings and the collection of art and furnishings in various rooms.

Registration required. Click below for more information or to register. You may also register by contacting Fallingwater Visitor Services at 724-329-8501 or send an email to [email protected] #preservation #savingplaces #architecture #nationalhistoriclandmark

A Closer Look: Weekly Livestream

What’s your favorite local business for getting a bite or shopping for treasures? Spread the word in the comments! Suppo...
12/04/2020

What’s your favorite local business for getting a bite or shopping for treasures? Spread the word in the comments! Support them and post on social media. If it’s been there for 50+ years or family-owned for 3+ generations, tag it #LegacyLovePA. #shopsmall #shoplocal #fightcovid19 #preservationpa #pennsylvania #preservationhappenshere #savingplaces

The creative minds at Proud Places have gifted us all with an Advent Calendar. Click each day and be inspired to make yo...
12/02/2020
Proud Places Advent

The creative minds at Proud Places have gifted us all with an Advent Calendar. Click each day and be inspired to make your community stronger and more connected. Each simple task, such as leaving a five-star review for a deserving small business, will create positive energy this season. Click and enjoy! https://calendar.myadvent.net?id=b492de93f297fe3d0bc0a349c5e1fc65

CivicBrand has created an advent calendar for you! Happy holidays! :)

Plan to #shopsmall and support your local economy this holiday season. Do you have a favorite shop or business? Is it in...
11/28/2020

Plan to #shopsmall and support your local economy this holiday season. Do you have a favorite shop or business? Is it in a lovely old building or historic district? Spread the word and tell us in the comments! #preservation #MainStreet #shoplocal #pennsylvania #preservationhappenshere #legacylovepa #preservationpa

With the holidays approaching, Mod Betty's tips on how - and why - to shop local are more useful than ever. Support loca...
11/18/2020
Retro Roadmap's Guide to Shopping Local - with Mod Betty!

With the holidays approaching, Mod Betty's tips on how - and why - to shop local are more useful than ever. Support local businesses! #legacylovepa #preservationPA #shopsmall #preservationhappenshere #shoplocal

The Importance of Shopping Local! Mod Betty partnered with local animator Elyssa Hilton on a colorful public service reminder to shop local! We used some of ...

Philadelphia's Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance have shifted their annual "In with the Old" celebration to a v...
11/11/2020
Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance - Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

Philadelphia's Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance have shifted their annual "In with the Old" celebration to a virtual event celebrating connections and community. Join for one night, two, or three nights of virtual programming: Parks, Main Streets, and Transportation Networks are each sources of connection and will receive a night in the spotlight. For more information: https://www.preservationalliance.com/what-we-do/yfpa/ #preservation #savingplaces #preservationhappenshere #historicpreservation #Philadelphia

YFPA MISSIONThe Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance (YFPA) engages, connects, and emboldens the residents of Greater Philadelphia on issues

How would YOU fill in the blank? What's the spookiest thing about an old house? [Pictured: a spookified image of the Nat...
10/28/2020

How would YOU fill in the blank? What's the spookiest thing about an old house? [Pictured: a spookified image of the National Historic Landmark Fonthill mansion, the concrete home of Henry Chapman Mercer in Bucks County.]

It’s Friday! This weekend get out and explore while the leaves are showing off. #preservation #preservationpa #pennsylva...
10/23/2020

It’s Friday! This weekend get out and explore while the leaves are showing off. #preservation #preservationpa #pennsylvania

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

We celebrated the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award recipients this afternoon. Congratulations to all the recipie...
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.

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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!