Preservation Summer School

Conference Sessions

See what we have to offer!

Sessions are designed to enhance the knowledge of preservation professionals, as well as individuals actively involved in community preservation. The Pennsylvania Barn & Farm Symposium takes place on  Thursday, June 20.

Want an at-a-glance session schedule for reference? Click here to download and print. (When you register, you'll receive an email with confirmation with your schedule.)

Please note: Registrations are not refundable but may be transferred to another individual. For assistance, please contact Julia Chain at jchain@preservationpa.org

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Workshop: Preserving Local History

Local history cannot survive without being nurtured and protected. Explore hands on history efforts at Wilson College as well as the important processes for creating or managing an archive. You'll learn about the critical decision-making that goes into bringing order out of chaos with paper-based historical documents. Then move to place-based engagement efforts with a case study of preservation studies at Wilson College. Discover how to spark joy in reseach and preservation!
Speakers:
Valerie A. Metzler,of Valerie Metzler Archivist/Historian
Dr. Bonnie Rock-McCutcheon, Wilson College
Dr. Kay Ackerman, Wilson College, 
Kieran McGhee, Wilson College
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Workshop: Seeing the Past in Ordinary Places - Walking Tour and Photography Tips

Learn about new NPS and SHPO photo documentation standards, and get the inside scoop on the most-asked questions about historic district nomination content and quality. Get tips and tricks on how to improve your photography and use your newly-learned skills on a walking tour where you'll discover how to "read" buildings and spot important architectural clues to your community's history.
Speakers:
Elizabeth Shultz, PA SHPO 
Bryan Van Sweden, PA SHPO 
Pamela Reilly, PA SHPO
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Workshop: The Ebbert Spring Archaeological Preserve and Heritage Park Tour

Welcome to a fascinating archaeological site featuring artifacts spanning the Paleo-Indian period to the 19th century. Since the first archaeological investigations here in 2003, much progress has been made in research and preservation of this remarkable site. Hear about the planning and partnerships between local, state and national groups that managed this complex preservation project. Wear comfortable shoes for a one mile or less walk.
Speakers:
Andy Stout, The Archaeological Conservancy
Kelley Berliner, The Archaeological Conservancy
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Lunch and Learn

Lunch & Learn: Protecting Historic Places in Perpetuity: An Overview of Preservation Easements

Join us for lunch and learning about easements with experts from the state and national levels. This session will include an overview of the legal aspects of preservation easements, including the differences between preservation easements and local preservation laws and provide an overview of best practices in easement stewardship for easement practitioners, including monitoring, endowments, and enforcement. Speakers will discuss how the preservation community can use conservation easements as a tool to better protect large cultural landscapes and how to learn from and collaborate with the land trust community in your own state.
Speakers:
Raina Regan, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Jeffrey Marshall, Heritage Conservancy
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Saving the Virgil Cantini Mosaics

Since 1964, pedestrians using an underground tunnel in Pittsburgh enjoyed a gallery-like experience walking past 28 sections of colorful abstract mosaics by noted artist and educator Virgil Cantini. When demolition of the tunnel was proposed, an unusual Section 106 consultation led to a complex mitigation effort involving relocation and restoration of the complete collection of panels.
Speakers:
Bill Callahan PA SHPO-Moderator
Brittany Reilly, Design Nation and Preservation Pittsburgh & YPA Board of Directors
Melissa E. Marinaro, ltalian American Program, Senator John Heinz History Center
Laura Ricketts, Markosky Engineering Group, Inc.
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Creating a Preservation Toolkit By Neighbors, For Neighbors

In the spring and summer of 2018, PennPraxis (the outreach, practice and professional arm of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design) embarked on the Historic Preservation Citizen Engagement Project. Leaders worked with a group of community liaisons and residents of 21 neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia to discuss community history, priorities for the future and more. These discussions led to creation of the Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit, a guide for productive planning communications and for building a larger, broader constituency for preservation in Philadelphia. Learn about the deliberate choices made in project design, participation, language, liaisons, community partners, graphic design, and distribution. If your work involves community outreach, learn about the careful project design in order to reach new audiences to learn about the places that matter to them, to hear about the places that make their communities vibrant and diverse, and to help build a resource to help them advocate for those places.
Speakers:
Molly Lester, PennPraxis
Venise Whitaker, Community Liaison
Laura Spina, Philadelphia City Planning Commission
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No Norm Dorm : Reusing Historic Buildings for Student Housing

This case study session will illustrate the many benefits of reusing vacant or underutilized buildings to provide housing for college students, highlighting improved town/gown relations with partnerships, increasing community pride and knowledge of local history. Hear perspectives from all sides of the project and learn about use of economic incentives.
Speakers:
Don Banzhof, Warfel Construction
Gina M. Douty, of Gina M. Douty, Historic Preservation Consulting, LLC
Harrisburg University Representative, Invited
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Awards

Plenary by Tom Mayes of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and presentation of the 2019 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards, followed by a reception

Tom Mayes, of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will explore how places evoke feelings of belonging, continuity, stability, identity and memory, as well as the more traditional reasons that old places have been deemed by society to be important, such as history, national identity, and architectural merit. Whether you're an architect or a community organizer, gain insights that will help you help others to express the ways that old places matter to them, and guide future directions for people-centered historic preservation.

Pennsylvania's Historic Preservation Awards continue a tradition started in 1979 to honor excellence in preservation. We'll celebrate the people who are doing exceptional things across the Commonwealth, providing an opportunity to learn and be inspired. Gather on the veranda afterward for tea and cookies and conversation. Tom Mayes will be available to sign copies of his book. (A limited quantity is available for pre-purchase with awards and/or conference registration).
Speaker:
Tom Mayes has written and spoken widely on why old places matter to people, as well as preservation easements, shipwreck protection, historic house museums, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and preservation public policy. For many years, he taught historic preservation law at the University of Maryland Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. In 2013, Tom received the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize in Historic Preservation, and wrote a series of essays titled Why Old Places Matter.
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Roving Reception and Preservation Pub Quiz

Big plans are afoot in Chambersburg to transform a former railyard and industrial buildings into a thriving community destination and meeting place. Meet up, meander and enjoy local drink and tasty bites! After the event, our venues invite you to check out their menus and consider staying on to enjoy a tasty dinner.

You'll receive your "Drink Passport" when you register. Hang on to it and redeem it during the Roving Reception for one beverage at each of our three host locations. (Locations are walking distance from one another. Please drink responsibly and have a designated driver. We also highly recommend the locally-brewed root beer at Roy Pitz.)

Interested in signing up for the Preservation Pub Quiz? You and/or your team should sign up during the day at the Conference Registration Desk. Make a note of your team name and time slot (there are two shifts) on the back of your drink passport. Preservation Pub Quiz will take place in the SUPER special space at GearHouse Brewing Company.
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Identify, Quantify, Engage: Utilizing GIS to Bring Preservation to the People

How do we empower citizen advocates to take effective action, inform decision-making and advocate for positive outcomes? Learn about NatureServe, an award-winning platform that seeks to provide easy access to accurate, current scientific and conservation information, from the GIS Fellow for Chesapeake Conservancy. A special case study details the work of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership, which has worked for two years to identify valuable places for conservation, including national historic landmarks, scenic byways, and American Battlefield Protection Program study areas.  The PA SHPO will talk about PA-SHARE, the Pennsylvania’s Historic and Archaeological Resource Exchange, a new GIS-based tool currently under development.
Speakers:
Jake Leizear, GIS Fellow for Chesapeake Conservancy and National Park Service, Chesapeake Bay Office
Noël Strattan, PA SHPO, CRGIS Coordinator
Merrick Berg, PA SHPO IT Project Manager
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Collaborative Planning Approaches for Community Preservation Action and Placemaking Revitalization

Is the preservation heart of your community flatlining? Get a jumpstart with new approaches for engaging local citizens, marketing and branding, event planning and placemaking. Learn about the value of partnerships, how to launch a preservation agenda, negotiate and resolve issues of negative perception and conflict.
Speakers:
Dr. Rhonda L. Clark, Titusville, PA Planning Commission
Abbe Watson-Popscu, Titusville, PA Planning Commission
William Prince, Tulane University
Moderator: William Callahan,SHPO
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Current Issues in Federal Preservation Law

Attorneys from the National Trust for Historic Preservation will provide an introduction to the key Federal preservation laws and connect them to current trends. Developments in National Historic Preservation Act litigation, protections for National Historic Landmarks, attacks against the Antiquities Act of 1906 and recent efforts to weaken National Register listing authority will also be discussed. Litigation examples from around the country will be used to explain the changing legal landscape.
Speakers:
Sharee Williamson (Moderator), National Trust for Historic Preservation
Anne Nelson, National Trust for Historic Preservation
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From Farm to Form: Improve your Survey and Evaluation Skills with Updates to the Pennsylvania Agricultural Context and New Strategies for Considering Barns

Join staff from the State Historic Preservation Office and PennDOT as they introduce updates to Pennsylvania's Agricultural Context, especially for farms with post-1960 changes, and hear about efforts to list barns in the National Register. See how the Historic Gettysburg-Adams County Barn Preservation Program is taking the initiative to do a county-wide survey of barns and developing other resources to promote barn retention.
Speakers:
Barbara Frederick, PA SHPO
April Frantz, PA SHPO
Jeremy Ammerman, PennDOT
Katie Hess, South Mountain Partnership
Curt Musselman, Historic Gettysburg-Adams County Barn Preservation Program
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The Early Automobile Suburb: Creating a Context for Preservation

The automobile has had a profound impact on American life and landscape. Learn about the history, design, and cultural contexts of early automobile suburbs in America, plus the specific challenges involved in historic district designation. A case study from Mt. Lebanon will illustrate use of an extensive community awareness program that made the case for preservation based on historic context.
Speakers:
Laura Ricketts, Markosky Engineering Group, Inc.
John Conti, Pennsylvania’s State Historic Preservation Board
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The U.S. EPA Brownfields Program: New Tools for Preservation Planning

A series of Pennsylvania community case studies will illustrate how U.S. EPA Brownfields Grant and Local Government Technical Assistance programs can support preservation and adaptive reuse of historic resources; launch community engagement processes to educate the public on the value of historic industrial resources; and leverage diverse state and federal programs to fund preservation and conservation activities.
Speakers:
Sean C. Garrigan, Stromberg/Garrigan & Associates/Landmarks SGA LLC
Jill Gaito, Gaito & Associates
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Decorated Barns and Working Landscapes; Seeing Pennsylvania Farms Up Close

Enjoy a visual exploration of barn design -- from decorative elements like hex signs and barn stars to how barns and working landscapes functioned together. Learn to understand the components and functions of Pennsylvania farm landscapes, including the relationships that land and water features have with barns and other buildings. You'll also explore recent survey efforts and methodology as well as successful models of collaborative, multidisciplinary preservation efforts that could be used across the state to support and sustain regional agricultural artistic traditions.
Speakers:
Patrick Donmoyer, Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
Terry A. Necciai, RA, Preservation Architect and Architectural Historian
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From Dream to Reality: Restoration of the National Historic Landmark Metropolitan Opera House

When the Metropolitan Opera House opened in 1908 it was the largest venue of its kind in the world -- a grand palace built for Oscar Hammerstein I. For two decades it sat vacant and unused, until the preservation effort gained momentum. Hear the story of how the developer, architect, tenant, and builder teamed for a two year renovation of this magnificent National Historic Landmark, which has sparked the redevelopment of North Broad Street in Philadelphia.
Speakers:
Michael Schade, AIA, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects
Robert Powers, Powers & Company
Eric Blumenfeld, EBRM Realty, Invited
Scott Zuckerman, Domus
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Lunch and Learn

Lunch & Learn: Giving Pennsylvania's Historic Schools a Second Life

Enjoy a lovely lunch while learning about the impact of vacant schools on community cohesion. The event will be held at one of Chambersburg's historic schools currently being transformed for its second life after 34 years of abandonment. You'll be able to hear about the adaptive reuse process from the architect, developer, and funding team. You will also learn how to identify when a school has historic impact in a community. And finally, learn how to determine whether a vacant school is a good candidate for renovation and historically-focused adaptive reuse.
Speakers:
Vern McKissick AIA, Principal, McKissick Architecture
Fred Wallace, Juniata Valley Bank
Michael Ross, Franklin County Area Economic Development Corporation
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Heritage Areas: 30 Years of Planning for Success

Heritage Areas are large lived-in landscapes with a concentration of important historic, cultural and natural resources. The designation was envisioned as a new kind of national park that merged recreation, heritage conservation, and economic development. Drawing on lessons learned over three decades, take a deep dive into tactics for effective strategic planning, public engagement methodologies and how to incorporate large landscape initiatives into community and economic development initiatives.
Speakers:
Jane Sheffield, Allegheny Ridge Corporation
Diane Kripas, DCNR
Olga Herbert, Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor
Elaine Schaefer, Schuylkill River Greenways, NHA
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They Are Certifiable!: Updates to the Certified Local Government program in PA

Join the Community Coordinators from the PA SHPO to learn about the new and improved CLG guidelines, opportunities to join the program, grant assistance, and our new technical assistance programs. We will also discuss the Preservation Best Practices highlighted in the guidelines that are applicable to all PA communities.
Speakers:
Elizabeth Rairigh, PA State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
Bill Callahan, PA SHPO
Bryan Van Sweden, PA SHPO
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How to Speak Barn: The Nuances of Agricultural Architecture

Working in preservation in an agricultural context requires uncommon expertise. Barns and other farm building require a specialized vocabulary and a working knowledge of historical evolution of design and use. Learn the lingo, how to recognize change, and how to evaluate and describe elements necessary for National Register designation.
Speakers:
Jeffrey Marshall, Heritage Conservancy
Michael J. Cuba, Timber Framers Guild
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Thinking Outside the Test Unit: Alternative and Innovative Approaches to Transportation Archaeology

What's new in the field of transportation archaeology? Take a deep dive into alternatives to traditional approaches to archaeological reconnaissance, evaluation, and adverse effect mitigation. Learn about recent innovations in public outreach and community involvement. Learn about a creative approach involving a series of social media-ready public outreach videos that celebrated local history and conveyed the reasons why archaeology is important and what it can teach us.
Speakers:
Angela Jaillet-Wentling, PennDOT
Katherine Peresolak, McCormick Taylor, Inc.
Virginia Bailey, McCormick Taylor, Inc.
Joe Baker (Moderator) PennDOT
Allison Brewer, McCormick Taylor
Scott Shaffer, PennDOT
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Cultural Resource Management: Using Preservation and Conservation to Engage the Public in Preserving Historic Landscapes

One of the major concerns expressed in communities across Pennsylvania is how to manage development pressures. Learn how concern for the fate of the open spaces and historic resources in Kennett and New Garden Townships, Chester County, led a diverse array of organizations to come together and take action. Laurel Hill State Park used Student Conservation Association interns to update its National Historic Register Nomination and create a cultural resource management plan. Learn more about the benefits of the process and how it may serve as a model for preservation efforts across Pennsylvania.
Speakers:
Jane E. Dorchester, Architectural Historian
Abbie Kessler,The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Ashley Barry, Laurel Hill State Park
Mary Garcia, Laurel Hill State Park
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Beyond the National Register Form: A conversation with the PA SHPO's National Register staff

You've got questions, and they've got answers. Join the National Register Reviewers for a discussion about updated National Park Service guidance for National Register nominations. Then, let's go beyond the ins and outs of completing the nomination and talk about buildings and stories you'd like to see recognized, what to do once your building is listed, and how to talk about the benefits of listing a property.
Speakers:
Elizabeth Rairigh, PA State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
April Frantz, PA SHPO
David Maher, PA SHPO
Jenna Solomon, PA SHPO
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Planning for a Walkable Community: Adopting Plans to Make your Community Attractive to all Modes of Transportation

Let's get out of the car! Let's spark a dialogue between state agencies, community members and beyond to build more walkable communities. Learn about the collaborative efforts of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and other strategic organizations. Discover funding available to local government entities for the development of plans and/or policies related to community planning, increasing active transportation options and connecting people to everyday destinations.
Speakers:
Justin Lehman, Pennsylvania Department of Health
Diane Kripas, PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
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How to Save Barns, Farms and Rural Heritage : A Panel Discussion

What are the key threats to historic barns and farm structures and what's the best way to avoid them? What are preservation priorities in an agricultural context? Where do I find funding? When is a structure beyond rehabilitation? How do I preserve the landscape as open space? Experts from the State Historic Preservation Office and organizations involved in land conservation, barn preservation and cultural heritage will provide helpful insights to the challenges specific to agricultural preservation and conservation, offering useful ideas, free tools and available resources. Learn about preserving a local "sense of place"and how to get involved in local, county, and state planning for historic and agricultural districts.
Speakers:
David R. Maher, PA SHPO
David Maclay, Historic Gettysburg-Adams County Barn Preservation Program
Katie Hess, South Mountain Partnership
Patrick Donmoyer, Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, Kutztown
Jeffrey Marshall, Heritage Conservancy
Michael Cuba, Timber Framers Guild
Dianna Clemens-Heim, Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of PA, Moderator
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SCREENING: Barns of the Susquehanna Valley

Join us for a journey to discover the agricultural, architectural, and historical significance of the barns of south central Pennsylvania. This documentary features interviews with farmers, landowners, historians, architects, authors, preservationists, and fellow barn enthusiasts. The film will be followed by a brief Q&A.
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Rehabilitation of the Frankford Avenue Bridge: The Nation's Oldest Highway Bridge

When a vehicular collision knocked over a portion of the masonry parapet wall on the Frankford Avenue Bridge, it led to the complete rehabilitation of the 321 year old landmark. This case study will focus on the power of planning, creating partnerships with the public and consulting parties and how the stewardship of an irreplaceable historic asset has resulted in the complete rehabilitation of an engineering marvel that will last another 300 years.
Speakers:
Din Abazi, PE, PennDOT District 6-0
Kristin Caparra, AECOM
Michael Cuddy, PE, TranSystems
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Preserving Pittsburgh's Parks: the Wind and the Willows in the City of Steel

Preservation Pittsburgh embarked on a multi-year effort to list the city's historic regional parks on the National Register of Historic Places. This case study will detail how this was accomplished with institutional partnerships, community outreach, and an important connection back to Pittsburgh's Cultural Heritage Plan.
Speakers:
Matthew W.C. Falcone, Preservation Pittsburgh
Dana Cress, Preservation Pittsburgh
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There's An Ordinance for That: Historic Preservation Ordinances 101

Explore the current state of historic preservation ordinances enacted by local governments in rural and suburban Pennsylvania communities, from rethinking the approaches and role of local governments to strategies that can be used by local communities seeking to enact or revise a local historic preservation ordinance.
Speakers:
Dr. George Pomeroy, Shippensburg University, Moderator
Dr. Steven Burg, Shippensburg University
Dr. Angela Cuthbert, Millersville University
Bryan Van Sweden, PA State Historic Preservation Office
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Fostering Pride of Place Through Community Heart & Soul

Looking for a model to tap into the power of community pride and local history? Learn more about the Community Heart & Soul program. Representatives from Williamsport and Carlisle will describe how each town promoted citizen-engaged planning to foster preservation initiatives, followed by some hands-on experience with the Heart & Soul engagement process. Developed by the Orton Family Foundation and implemented throughout Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Community Heart & Soul utilizes storytelling to engage residents in the planning process.
Speakers:
Lindsay Houpt-Varner, Cumberland Co. Historical Society; Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul Project Coordinator
Alice Trowbridge, Heart of Williamsport Project Coordinator
Allen Dieterich-Ward, Pennsylvania Humanities Council Board
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Funding to Manage Change: Using State, Federal and Private Funding Programs to Facilitate Community Revitalization Projects and Programs

You've got big plans that need money. Learn to find and tap the funding sources that best match your program needs, the timing of application windows and which programs can be matched with other programs. Multiple programs will be reviewed, with an emphasis on DCED Keystone Communities Programs.
Speakers:
Christie Yerger, PA Department of Community & Economic Development Center for Community Enhancement
Julie Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania Downtown Center
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Concrete: What Makes (Rehabbing) It So Hard?

Join this session to hear how the panelists answer, "What is your biggest challenge associated with Pennsylvania's concrete bridges?" They are everywhere in the Commonwealth, most combining two materials for which Pennsylvania was known: concrete and steel. How do they manage a huge inventory of resources? Which types can be rehabbed while retaining their National Register integrity? Where is the line between a major rehabilitation and a replica? Help make this an interactive experience - submit questions before and during the session on www.sli.do or in writing at the session. We may even conduct lightning polls to help guide the discussion! An access code to the site will be emailed to registrants prior to the session.
Speakers:
Din Abazi, P.E., PennDOT
David Anthony, PennDOT
Michael Cuddy, P.E., TranSystems
Tyra Guyton, PA SHPO
Brandon Newpher, P.E., McCormick Taylor
Kara Russell, PennDOT
Kris Thompson, PennDOT
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Lunch and Learn

Lunch & Learn: Franklin County Visitor Bureau

The lunch and learn tour will incorporate the physical assets of the South Main Street/Second Ward area of Chambersburg, while highlighting its heritage-cultural significance. The tour includes Methodist St. James AME Church on South Main Street, home of the oldest African American congregation in Franklin County, established in 1811. This neighborhood is the boyhood home of Martin Delaney, who became a major in the Civil War. The tour will take in areas of the Elm Street program and highlight architectural features of the residential properties and showcase residential renovations that retained façade integrity. Also included are the 1811 Zion Reformed Church and a converted roller rink. The session will bring together the architectural elements with the cultural history that breathes life and meaning into the physical artifacts of history to create another path to preservation and reuse. *lunch is provided for pre-registered guests, limited seats available!

Speaker:
Janet Pollard, Franklin County Visitors Bureau
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What Makes a Good Tax Credit Project? Learn Tax Credit Essentials

In this deep dive into historic preservation tax credits, you'll learn about how to use the program at the state and federal level, including reviews and approvals by the National Park Service and the State Historic Preservation Office. Find out what makes a successful project, how to address tax credit challenges, and innovative ways to address common tax credit challenges, while still following the Standards for Rehabilitation while meeting code, addressing energy efficiently, and providing accessibility. Hear about the economic benefits of Historic Preservation Tax Credits and get insider information about a recent Preservation Pennsylvania study on the effectiveness of state tax credits.
Speakers:
Mindy Crawford, Preservation Pennsylvania
Scott Doyle, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
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Investing in Historic Sacred Places: Lessons Learned from the Recent Work of Partners for Sacred Places

For more than three years, the National Fund for Sacred Places has been gathering data about capital needs and stewardship practices for historic houses of worship. This session will share insights gained as well as recent research that assessed the resilience and vulnerability of purpose-built sacred places in Philadelphia.
Speaker:
Chad Martin, Director of the National Fund Partners for Sacred Places
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