WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
Wednesday 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
and Preparedness: Identifying and Surveying Flood-Vulnerable Historic Resources
There is a growing understanding that climate change,
sea-level rise, and extreme storms are putting vulnerable historic resources at
increased risk from flooding. Municipalities across the country are beginning to
consider the impact of future flooding events on historic properties. Without effective
planning, efforts to safeguard resources from damage are all too often reactive or
worse, too late. But preservationists today are pushing for more proactive policies to
support preemptive hazard mitigation for historic resources. In light of many recent
climate events – including Hurricane Sandy in 2012 – the time to integrate
preservation and preparation is now.
The goal of this session is to discuss action steps for
merging traditional cultural resource management with modern hazard mitigation planning
for vulnerable communities. In 2014, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation
Office (PA SHPO) launched the Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative
using funding from the federal Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (PL 113-2
Chapter 7). The session will encourage participants to re-think how we as
preservationists respond to threats from the environment and to consider how proactive
planning can impact decision-making at the municipal (and ultimately, state and
Jeremy Young, Community and Economic Development Manager
Lancaster City Alliance
Matthew Harris, R.P.A., Department Manager of Geospatial Services
AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
Vanessa Zeoli, Senior Architectural Historian
AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
Emily Paulus Everett, Preservation Planning Manager
AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
American Cemetery Conservation: Preserving Hallowed Ground
This session will provide an introduction to cemetery
conservation with a focus on the special challenges facing African American cemeteries
across the Commonwealth. The speakers will provide an overview of African American
cemeteries in Pennsylvania and the special issues facing those who work to conserve
them. Information will be shared on using databases and online sources to identify
cemetery sites and those who have been interred in those sites, especially veterans of the United States Colored Troop. Experts in leading
cemetery conservation projects will discuss first steps and answer questions from
session attendees on finding resources and engaging volunteers.
Living Landscape Observer
PA Hallowed Ground and Midland Cemetery Association
Dr. Steven Burg, Chairman, History Department
Dauphin County Community History Coalition
Barns - Storehouses of History
Pennsylvania’s barns are testaments to our agricultural traditions and national history. But as our nation has become urbanized, very few of us are connected to farms and their barns. The great Pennsylvania barns have been rendered almost obsolete. More and more, these iconic structures become unused and abandoned, and they are left to crumble into the earth. As the years pass, these structures will become more and more scarce.
Unless we share the stories barns can tell, we will never connect the new generation with those who built the structures. To preserve a historic barn is to make a statement of respect - to the earth that provided the trees, and to the men who built them. We will only preserve what we appreciate and we need to share the story of historic barns with current and future generations.
Jeffrey L. Marshall, President of Heritage Conservancy; member of the board of directors of the Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of PA and the National Barn Alliance
Douglass C. Reed, Historic Structure Consultant
THURSDAY, JUNE 15
Thursday 9:00 a.m -10:15 a.m.
Transportation Community Public Involvement Case Examples
The Key to Emergency Preparedness in the Keystone State: The Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network
While systems for emergency preparedness and response have grown more sophisticated throughout the country in the wake of recent disasters, much work still remains to be done so that historic sites and cultural institutions are poised to effectively respond to large incidents. This session will discuss how institutions can be better prepared by getting involved with regional and statewide networks for disaster response and training.
Over the past three years, the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) had led the Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network (PaCRN), through funding from an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant. The goal of PaCRN is to create a strong network and provide resources for effective emergency response and recovery for cultural institutions in Pennsylvania. Training, relationship-building, and Commonwealth-wide policy development are the primary focus of the initiative. During the grant period, CCAHA held workshops through the state on emergency preparedness, response, and salvage; assisted in launching and coordinating multiple regional Alliance for Response networks; and a Cultural Response Teams comprised of representatives from both the cultural and emergency management communities who can assist other institutions in the event of emergency or disaster. Since funding has concluded, CCAHA is hoping that PaCRN can gather grassroot support from the communities it has been implemented in, and become more integrated into the existing emergency management structures both locally and on a statewide level.
Samantha Forsko, Preservation Specialist
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
Community Murals and Revitalization
Public art projects and arts organizations play a vital role in preservation and community revitalization, especially when accompanied by educational programs. Promoting cultural history, through film and mural projects that involve engaging the public in the process, creates a grassroots respect for preservation of the built environment.
Founder and Director of the Totts Gap Arts Institute’s Heritage Mural Education Program
Ophelia M. Chambliss
Commissioner, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Artist, Social Justice Advocate
Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Help Us Help You! Community and Public Involvement, Transportation and Preservation
The staff of PennDOT's Cultural Resources program will provide a brief overview of the current state of public involvement efforts for heritage issues in transportation planning and design. They will then conduct a listening session for attendees and community leaders to ask questions and provide commentary and suggestions for the program. The Department will use the input you provide to improve our efforts to engage with the public and with Pennsylvania communities on the preservation and understanding of the past.
Ira Beckerman, PennDOT Cultural Resources Program Head with members of the Cultural Resources Program Staff
Telling Difficult Stories
There is an abundance of places remaining in South Central
Pennsylvania where many early and important episodes of the Underground Railroad
Movement occurred. But the passage of time, property neglect, lack of awareness of this
heritage and especially, weak local government land use laws are taking a toll on these
dwindling number of irreplaceable resources. Lancaster County historian and
preservation advocate Randolph Harris will share stories of wins and losses in efforts
to conserve some of the many significant sites in our region. His focus will be on the
lower Susquehanna River valley and the communities of Wrightsville, York County and
Columbia, Lancaster County. Here, he believes, can be found the roots of this
racially-integrated and religiously inspired civil rights movement.
Randy Harris, Consultant, Heritage Conservation & Community Development,
Partner, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
Lindsay Houpt-Varner, Project Director
Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul Project
Chambersburg Central Junior High School - Community Engaged Adaptive Re-Use
In the heart of Chambersburg, the Central Junior High School sits with a massive presence and an even bigger story to tell. Originally built in 1909 as Chambersburg High School, the main building features brick, steel and heavy timber construction. Through many years and alterations the current site is a combination of significant pieces of history and detracting elements. Architect and developer, Vern McKissick of McKissick Associates in Harrisburg, is undertaking the project to convert the buildings to a live-work-learn center revolving around 23 new apartment living spaces, the Rose Rent Lofts, and some commercial use. This adaptive re-use project spans topics that could be discussed for hours but in a short time frame we'll discuss topics like the building design, selective demolition decisions, environmental abatement, urban exploration photography, and other unique aspects that have been encountered with this extensive undertaking.
Vern L. McKissick III, AIA, CEFP, LEED AP, ARA
Owner / Architect / Educational Planner
Architectural Designer, Historic Preservation Specialist
Thursday 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
State Historic Preservation Office Guidelines Training
Join the PA SHPO Project Review staff to learn about recent updates in two program areas: CRGIS and Project Review. CRGIS staff will introduce the system’s new mapping interface and discuss the upcoming electronic data entry and its roll out and user training. Project Review updates include a presentation of changes to the Archaeological Site Identification Criteria, and Above Ground pipeline surveys and submission of Historic Resource reports and resource form electronic copies. This session is essential for anyone working with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the PA History Code, and these PA SHPO programs.
Shelby Splain, SHPO
PA Conservation Heritage Project and Opportunities to Inspire Conservation Leadership and Stewardship
The session will illustrate how the PA Conservation Heritage Project, a unique and diverse partnership of conservationists, historians, non-profits and governmental organizations, collaboratively documents and interprets the Commonwealth’s rich and diverse conservation and environmental history via compelling documentaries and educational outreach programs. The speakers will present: 1) an overview the Project; 2) highlights of the PA Conservation Heritage framework essays and oral history interviews; and 3) highlights of the Project WITF Television documentaries and group discussion guides. Audience discussion will explore how to use conservation heritage to inspire conservation and stewardship in communities.
Marci Mowery, Executive Director
PA Parks & Forest Foundation
Brenda Barrett, Co-Chair
PA Conservation Heritage Project
Ken Wolensky, Historian
PA Conservation Heritage Project
Heather Woolridge, Producer
Preservation Generation: How Young Preservation Organizations are Training
This session will highlight and showcase the Young
Preservationist (YP) movement and its holistic approach to historic preservation. It
will include case studies from Young Preservationist organizations in the Pittsburgh
region and beyond, detailing the similarities and differences between
“traditional” historic preservation and that of the new generation in
approach, planning, and methodology, and will give session-goers an idea of why the YP
movement appeals to budding preservationists and allows them to become involved with
very little initial hurdles.
Thursday 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Pennsylvania Byways and Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside
This will be a panel discussion with representatives from PennDOT and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) Scenic Byway who will discuss the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside and Pennsylvania Byways programs.
Moderator for Session and Speaker for PA Byways
Air Quality/Federal Initiatives/Byways/Rec. Trails Section
PA Department of Transportation
Transportation Enhancements/Alternatives/Safe Routes To School Coordinator
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
President, Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership
President, Destination Gettysburg
Getting the Public Involved: Down and Dirty Hands-on Programs
This session will explore how public history, historic
preservation, and other similar organizations can engage communities in efforts to
preserve monuments, markers, and other historic sites. By sharing lessons and
strategies employed by various organizations, this session will activate a discussion
on how to best involve community members in historic preservation and commemoration
activities and the benefits--both for organizations and for communities--of strong
community buy-in. The session would include case studies and specific strategies for
getting the public involved in hand-on cultural preservation activities in their
John P. McCarthy, RPA, Cultural Preservation Specialist
DNREC - State Parks and Recreation
John Marks, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
Saving Hallowed Ground
Documenting the Recent Past with Community Based Public History Projects
Whether your interest is in documenting a major event such as the Women’s March on Washington of 2017, or the Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident of 1979; or studying recent immigrant populations from Central and South America or the Middle East; or documenting civil rights movements such as the LGBTQ community or the women’s equality movement beginning in the 20th century, there are community-based and crowd-sourced public history projects happening throughout the nation to document the events, communities, cultures and political movements of the recent past.
Here in Pennsylvania, one example is the LGBT Center of Central PA History Project, which for the past four years has engaged people in the community to discover, document, collect, preserve and present the history of the LGBT community in central Pennsylvania through its ever-growing collection of more than 100 oral history interviews and more than 70 linear feet of documents and artifacts. The Project has also identified hundreds of locations of events, organizations, businesses, and people important in the LGBT community’s history for potential future historic site listings. The Project won the 2014 J. Franklin Jameson Award from the Society of American Archivists for its approach in developing a partnership between the LGBT Center of Central PA and the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections to bring together a team of people with complementary skills and expertise to demonstrate that there is important history worth documenting all around us and compelling stories to discover. They will offer a tour of the Archives to show examples of
artifacts, documents and oral history video clips from the collection,
and share the lessons you can take away that can help you create your
own community based, crowd-sourced history project.
Barry Loveland, Founder and Chair
LGBT Center of Central PA History Project, and Founder and Coordinator, Statewide Pennsylvania LGBT History Network
Malinda Triller Doran, Special Collections Librarian
Dickinson College Archives
Friday 9:00 a.m. -10:15 a.m.
Rebuilding History with Photogrammetry
New technology has altered the manner in which
three-dimensional data is collected and processed. From terrestrial laser scanners to
unmanned aerial systems (UAS, a.k.a. drones), three-dimensional capabilities are
expanding exponentially. The three-dimensional point cloud data, whether collected by a
laser scanner, or produced via matching common points in a collection of
aerial/land-based photographs (photogrammetry), is revolutionizing the way we view and
utilize measurement information. Dense point clouds produce the appearance of solid
walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs, allowing us to understand the context of existing
conditions directly within design software, accelerating the workflow of producing high
quality drawings and Building Information Models (BIM) for use in new construction
and/or renovation.This session will cover the different methodologies for collecting
and working with data from both terrestrial laser scanning platforms, and high flying
aerial photography captured by drones.
The session will also touch on the ability to work with
point cloud and 3D surface data in major software packages, including Revit, AutoCAD,
and Navisworks. With access to such rich data, design, restoration, and preservation
efforts are hastened tremendously.
Brief case studies will include our recent collaborations
with the National Park Service (NPS) in documenting the Lincoln Memorial and Washington
Monument on the National Mall, as well as project examples which combine laser scanning
with photogrammetry to preserve some of the nation’s most cherished historical
Director of Architectural & Heritage Services
To Conserve and Sustain: Emerging Archaeology on DCNR Lands
Between 2015 and the present, graduate students at Indiana University of Pa's Applied Archaeology program have conducted MA thesis research at four Historic and Industrial properties on Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) properties. Research and excavations have been conducted at industrial stonework ruins in Ohiopyle State Park, the remains of the DuPont Powdermill on the Forbes State Forest, Camp Michaux in the Michaux State Forest, and at the 18th Century Carroll Cabin on the Forbes State Forest. These students are responsible for the most extensive and ambitious effort to date aimed at learning from and managing archaeological and heritage properties on DCNR's 2.2 million acres of state land.
Joe Baker, PennDOT
Ashley Bassetti McCuistion
IUP, Data Investigations LLC
IUP, McCormick Taylor
IUP, PennDOT Highway Archaeology Survey Team
Chester County Spotlight: Grassroots Local and Regional Preservation Success Stories
Preservation Planning in Chester County is facilitated
through both historic preservation policy of the County's award winning Landscapes2
Comprehensive Plan and the mission of Chester County Historic Preservation Network.
Both entities provide leadership, technical assistance, education, programming, and
support to the 65 historical commissions, committees, and HARB's that represent the
county's 73 municipalities. As a result, preservation in Chester County is accomplished
in the truest sense of grassroots level initiatives. Two examples of the many successes
facilitated by these entities in collaboration with dedicated officials and volunteers
at the municipal level will be presented
Karen Marshall , Heritage Preservation Coordinator
CC Planning Commission
John Miller, President
Chester County Historic Preservation Network
Sandra Momyer, Archivist
Schuylkill Township Historical Commission
John Gregory, Attorney
Schuylkill Township Historical Commission member
Jeannine Speirs, CC Community Planner
Chester County Planning Commission
Wade Catts, RPA, Associate Director
Commonwealth Heritage Group
Friday 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Sustainable Neighborhood Public Outreach Program
(Obligation-Commitment-Engagement-Involvement-Immersion): I-95 GIR Archaeological
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are undertaking a long-term, multiphase
project to improve and rebuild Interstate 95 (I-95) in Pennsylvania. Section GIR, which
is the focus of the intensive archaeological investigations that inspired our
sustainable Public Outreach Program, involves the improvement of three miles of highway
between I-676 and Allegheny Avenue in Philadelphia. Section GIR includes the
reconstruction of the Girard Avenue Interchange: widening of the overhead highway,
installation of new utilities and landscaping, and improving access to the Delaware
Given the complex urban setting, the archaeological
subsurface testing for the I-95/GIR Improvement Corridor Project is being guided by a
programmatic agreement (PA) approved by PennDOT, the FHWA, the Advisory Council on
Historic Preservation, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), and
the Delaware Nation. The PA approach is innovative and was specifically developed to
streamline the normal archaeological identification and evaluation process required
under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The main goal of
the PA was to meet design and construction schedules and provide significant cost
savings—which it has. All parties that signed the PA agreed that seventeenth-
through early-twentieth-century domestic and industrial deposits, if found intact,
would be significant. All parties agreed that any intact Native American sites would
also be significant.
But the PA provided for much more, especially in terms of
the immediate dissemination of information to a technologically savvy
twenty-first-century audience. The local component of this audience can’t get
enough of their neighborhoods’ past and have become so engaged with the project
at this point that I-95 construction and design issues are no longer the focus of
public interest. Most near-neighbor groups want to ensure that the archaeological tasks
will continue to maintain this exploration of the area’s past.
To date, data recovery investigations have documented more
than a dozen individual sites, including portions of the former Aramingo Canal and the
Dyottville Glass Works industrial complex. Investigations have also resulted in the
discovery of ten intact Native American occupations that have been C-14 dated to 3563
B.C. The project includes its own professional journal, River Chronicles, Project Lab
and Temporary Museum, as well as agency and public live interactive reporting via a
website platform. In addition, architectural elements from the nineteenth-century Cramp
Shipyard building were saved and conserved for landscaping sculpture and functional
street furniture. The purpose of the outreach program is twofold: 1) to help remind
local residents and members of the larger city population that PennDOT is not only
working to create a vastly improved transportation system, but at the same time is
actively revealing and preserving exciting new chapters of Philadelphia’s past;
and 2) to gauge public interest in, and support for, a permanent museum or long-term
exhibition interpreting the history and archaeology of the Delaware Waterfront and
River Ward communities.
Project research is revealing how the area’s
architecture and industries evolved over time, as well as details of daily life, family
relationships, and amusing anecdotes. Local residents have enthusiastically expressed
their desire to hear these narratives and have them preserved. Over the past 10 years,
AECOM has held numerous public outreach events made possible through cooperative
partnerships with multiple civic, religious, historical, and cultural institutions.
Among the most popular events have been a series of one-day community artifact exhibits
where neighborhood residents could view excavated objects and interact directly with
members of the archaeological team. Visitors, numbering up to 600 per event, were
enthralled by the artifacts and the history they revealed.
By preserving their heritage and making it physically and
intellectually accessible, the FHWA, PennDOT, and PHMC have a rare opportunity to
impact the future of these neighborhoods, which have long been underserved. As part of
the Philadelphia 2035 citywide planning and zoning project, the Philadelphia City
Planning Commission staff spent over 300 hours surveying land use in the River Wards
and concluded that only 0.1% was allotted for cultural resources. The need for
family-friendly educational and creative places is overwhelming.
AECOM currently partners with community churches and
organizations, educational institutions, museums, and other groups to exhibit the
artifacts and raise awareness of the significance of the Project. Several museums and
universities have expressed an interest in partnering with the proposed Waterfront
Heritage and Archaeology Museum and we will foster these and other mutually beneficial
relationships to fulfill the Museum’s mission. In this session AECOM will present
our comprehensive sustainable public outreach program.
Project Introduction: Stephen Tull
Household and Individual Genealogy: Sam Pickard and Ingrid Wuebber
Journal, Postcards, Calendar and Playing Cards: Tom Kutys and Grace Ziesing
Pop up Museums and Short & Long Term Exhibits: Rebecca White and Mary Mills
Field Excavation Tours: George Cress and Doug Mooney
Technology (HoloLens, 3D Printing/Scanning, Walking Tour
App): Mark Petrovich and Chester Cunanan
Neighborhood Project Lab and Sustainable Public Museum
(Classroom, Partnerships, On-Site Artifact Reproduction): Stephen Tull
Memorial Park: Lost but not Totally Forgotten
The subject of this session/tour will be the history of
the Lincoln Cemetery in Carlisle. We'll explore how much of its historical significance was lost and
is only gradually being rediscovered. The cemetery was an African American burial
ground for approximately 100 people between 1840 and 1902 including 35 former United
States Colored Troops (USCT) veterans. In 1971 the cemetery was mostly abandoned and
there was a push to create a recreational park on the site. Despite much controversy,
the headstones were removed, although the burials remain. Now known as Memorial Park,
all that marks the site is a memorial plaque and one headstone. A short briefing and video about the cemetery and
one of the members of the USCT interred at the site will precede a walk to the Memorial Park
site for a tour and a discussion about issues related to cemetery conservation and
urban redevelopment, as well as how to better interpret the site in the future.
Living Landscape Observer
Hallowed Ground and Midland Cemetery Association
Colin MacFarlane, Research Historian
Fors Marsh Group University of Delaware
Tom Ford, Director
Bureau for Recreation and Conservation, DCNR
Pennsylvania Modern: Post World War II Single-Family Residential Architecture
After World War II in the United States, the GI Bill of
Rights promised generous education, health, and housing benefits to 11 million
returning veterans. Given that the country did not have enough facilities to make good
on the government’s promise, the GI Bill caused a construction boom. As many
scholars, including Donald Albrecht, Jean-Louis Cohen, and Mirko Zardini, note,
technologies, machinery, and materials that were a product of or were improved on by
wartime innovations in combination with governmental policies, were crucial in the
development of architecture in the post-war United States. The post-war housing boom,
which, in turn, required faster and at the same time more cost-efficient construction
methods, in conjunction with the availability of new materials, produced a new reason
for architecture, and facilitated a transition to new kinds of production and even to
the new style of architecture.
Throughout the country, including in Pennsylvania, there
are examples of single-family modern architecture built in the postwar era that are not
necessarily examples of pure modernism as defined earlier in the century by
Henry-Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson, nor examples of traditional American
architecture. Residential modern architecture in the United States, as Gwendolyn Wright
notes, evinced a regional approach.
This session will provide some practical tips and
methodologies for characterizing, identifying and working with examples of post-war
modern residential architecture of the country with a focus on Pennsylvania heritage.
The ultimate goal is to raise awareness and to highlight local mid-twentieth century
modern architecture as part of local and national cultural history.
Bryan Van Sweden, Community Preservation Coordinator
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
The Pennsylvania State University
Curtis Miner, Ph.D., Senior History Curator
The State Museum of Pennsylvania