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Preservation Month recap

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At the beginning of May, I promised we’d provide a recap of the #31for31 social media campaign to celebrate Preservation Month across Pennsylvania.  If you missed a post on our Facebook page or in our Twitter feed, no worries! You can see it, and the rest of the month’s content, right here.  Don’t miss the big announcement covered in the May 31st post!

May 1:

We’re kicking off the 45th Anniversary 🎉 of National Historic #PreservationMonth with our #31for31 Social Media Takeover. Join the celebration 🎊 :
👉 Governor Tom Wolf recognizes May 2018 as Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Month.
👉 Gather around the Preservation Awareness Roundtable
👉 Be inspired by the great stories from our partners
#preservationhappenshere #paroundtable #ncshpo #thisplacematters #preservation #pashpo Preservation Pennsylvania Preservation Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations Pennsylvania Archaeological Council Pennsylvania Downtown Center Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Pennsylvania Humanities Council

May 2:

Recently, 12 organizations gathered to coordinate/magnify preservation advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania. The goals of the Preservation Awareness Roundtable:
👉Foster a learning exchange
👉Work on statewide #preservation priorities
👉Develop a network of preservation leaders
👉Leverage organizational strengths
👉Distribute historic preservation messages with a unified voice.
#31for31#preservationhappenshere#paroundtable#ncshpo
#thisplacematters#preservationmonth#pashpo

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May 3:

“West Chester’s transformation over the past 17 years has been truly remarkable. The town has always had great #architectural heritage, but under Downtown West Chester, PA leadership, it has grown into a haute-cuisine mecca, drawing not just locals but visitors from surrounding areas.” – Patrice Frey of Main Street America. https://vimeo.com/214846692

#preservationhappenshere #paroundtable #thisplacematters #31for31
#preservation #pashpo

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May 4:
Did you know that PA has an official historic #preservation board? This board, which provides “expert judgments about the historical, architectural & archaeological significance of resources” in the state, serves as an advisory body to both #PASHPO, PHMC & reviews National Register of Historic Places – NPS nominations. https://phmc.info/2IckAeM
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May 5:

Recent work in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties, Kensington-Fishtown & Richmond neighborhoods show that #archaeology tells the story of not only of the city’s early inhabitants, but also of the Native Americans who once lived in the area. 👉http://diggingi95.com/

#31for31 #preservationhappenshere #paroundtable #ncshpo
#thisplacematters #preservation #pashpo

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May 6:

In June, Preservation Pittsburgh , in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh & the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, will launch the Parks Initiative, which seeks to list each of the city’s regional parks on the National Register of Historic Places – NPS . Learn more about this initiative https://phmc.info/2I8rcuJ

#31for31 #preservepghparks #preservationhappenshere #paroundtable
#thisplacematters #preservation #pashpo

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May 7:

While gathering stories about shared #community values, the Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul team interviewed elderly sisters whose father founded an African Episcopal Methodist church that had been shuttered since the 1970s. Here’s what community members did next 👉 https://phmc.info/2FPUoBq .

Pennsylvania Humanities Council , #preservationhappenshere #paroundtable #31for31 #thisplacematters #preservation #pashpo National Endowment for the Humanities Orton Family Foundation

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May 8:

Did you know that The Greater Renovo Area Heritage Park’s coal tipple is listed on Preservation Pennsylvania‘s 2018 At Risk list? Check out “How to Preserve & Protect the Historic Places that Matter to You.” 👉https://phmc.info/2ru8Eva
#31for31 #preservationhappenshere #paroundtable
#thisplacematters #preservation #pashpo #preservationpa

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May 9:

Efforts to save & restore the barns at Goodell Gardens and Homestead unfolded over multiple seasons. Rehabilitating this 1880s Erie County landmark included stabilizing the fieldstone foundation, timber frame & roof system. https://phmc.info/2K67LzT

#31for31 #preservationhappenshere #paroundtable
#thisplacematters #preservation #pashpo

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May 10:

An area rich with African-American heritage & a former home to free black citizens prior to the Civil War, Olde Getty Place has a history of inclusion & diversity. www.adamscha.org/olde-getty-place
#31for31 #Gettysburg #preservationhappenshere #paroundtable #ncshpo #thisplacematters

(Video Credit: Gettysburg Insider)

May 11:

Celebrate the National Historic Preservation Act by asking, “What lies beneath your feet?” https://phmc.info/2rzV9JG

#31for31 #Archaeology The Archaeology Channel #preservationhappenshere #paroundtable #ncshpo
#thisplacematters #preservation #pashpo

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May 12:

A #PASHPO advisory board formed the Burials and Cemeteries Committee after hundreds of skeletons were discovered at a construction site in #Philadelphia in 2016. The committee, responding to the passionate concerns from the public, studies laws, policies & practices affecting human burial places in PA.

#31for31 #preservationhappenshere #paroundtable #thisplacematters #preservation

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May 13:

Pennsylvania Heart & Soul Communities identify what people love most about their hometown. After interviewing hundreds of residents, the Heart of Williamsport team crafted this value statement: “We treasure our rich history and culture reflected in the styles and quality of our architecture, Little League Baseball, and our lumber heritage.” https://phmc.info/2wywzP5

#31for31 Pennsylvania Humanities Council #paroundtable #thisplacematters #preservation #pashpo
#preservationhappenshere

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May 14:

Preservation Pittsburgh protects & preserves #Pittsburgh’s public bath houses. The group landmarked the Oliver Bath House & plans to honor the former Lawrenceville Wash House & Public Bath Association building. https://phmc.info/2jVPcTR

#31for31 #pghpublicbaths #preservationhappenshere
#thisplacematters #preservationmonth #pashpo

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May 15:

At Scripture Rocks Heritage Park-Brookville, PA , #archaeology meets preservation. The park preserves the legacy of Douglas M. Stahlmen, a self-proclaimed religious prophet who carved biblical verses into stone. 👉 https://phmc.info/2L1jz80

#preservationhappenshere #31for31 #thisplacematters
#preservationmonth

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May 16:

Developers turn to federal historic #tax credits to adaptively reuse older buildings & revitalize #neighborhoods. The former J.S. O’Connor American Rich Cut Glass Factory in one such success story. Built in 1890, the building is now home to the Ledges Hotel https://ledgeshotel.com/

#31for31 #preservationhappenshere #thisplacematters
#preservationmonth #preservationpa

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May 17:

This Innovation Center will transform Shenandoah Borough, Schuylkill County, into a catalyst for growth while preserving the community’s industrial & multi-cultural heritage. 👉 http://www.downtownshenandoah.com

#31for31 #preservationhappenshere #ncshpo
#thisplacematters #preservationmonth

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May 18:

Archaeological excavations at the Fort Pitt Block House have uncovered the daily lives of the site’s colonial citizens. The work preserves the #heritage of one of Pittsburgh’s most important historical landmarks. https://phmc.info/2wNtbQo

#31for31 #archaeology Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology #preservationhappenshere #thisplacematters #preservationmonth

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May 19:

Walnutport is home to one of the two remaining original stone locktender’s houses on the Lehigh Canal. Last year, Walnutport restored Lock 24, ensuring that its section of the canal remains stable & watered for generations.

#31for31 #preservationhappenshere #paroundtable #thisplacematters #preservationmonth #pashpo #archaeology HeritagePA Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

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May 20:

The Divine Lorraine was Philadelphia’s first integrated hotel, a place where you could get a clean room for $5 and a hot meal for 25 cents. Thanks to owner EB Realty Management Corporation , this landmark has been restored & now houses 100 modern apartments.

Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia #preservationhappenshere #paroundtable #thisplacematters #preservationmonth #pashpo #31for31

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May 21:

The Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village preserved its Miller Schoolhouse by installing a standing-seam metal roof, returning the building to its late-19th century appearance. The #historic structure was built in response to the Pennsylvania Common School law of 1834.👉https://phmc.info/2rXGuZW

#31for31 Heinz History Center #preservationhappenshere #thisplacematters #preservationmonth #archaeology

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May 22:

“Small businesses are the heartbeat of your #neighborhood, the spine of your local economy and the spirit of your town.” Legacy businesses, handed down from one generation to the next, help preserve older buildings. They create community #traditions. Do you have a favorite legacy business?

Preservation Pennsylvania #31for31 #preservationhappenshere
#paroundtable #thisplacematters #preservationmonth #pashpo

May 23:

While constructing a pedestrian bridge across the Lehigh River, near the site of Jim Thorpe’s historic Mansion House Pedestrian Bridge, workers uncovered the foundation of the first Wing Dam on the Lehigh Canal. The dam was 24-feet tall & constructed mostly of hemlock.

#31for31 #preservationhappenshere #pashpo
#thisplacematters #preservationmonth #archaeology Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

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May 24:

The National Transit Building, once the site of the largest subsidiary of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Co., was nearly vacant by the 1990s. The building, which now houses studios, galleries, performance areas & nonprofit offices, has been a catalyst for Oil City’s #artist revitalization movement & Main Street initiative. 👉 http://www.oilcitymainstreet.org

Oil City Main Street Program #31for31 #preservationhappenshere #paroundtable #ncshpo #thisplacematters #preservationmonth #adaptivereuse

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May 25:

Much of Chester’s history is underground, where new foundations were built around walls of colonial basements, creating a labyrinthine of passageways. For years, the walkways served as storage areas. Now, through the CHESTER MADE Exploration Zone, residents are retrieving artifacts to interpret.

#31for31 #paroundtable #thisplacematters #preservationmonth
#pashpo #archaeology Pennsylvania Humanities Council National Endowment for the Humanities

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May 26:

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s History Code! Enacted on May 26, 1988, the Code outlines the powers & duties of PHMC, such as serving “as the official agency of the Commonwealth for the conservation of Pennsylvania’s cultural heritage.” Know the Code 👉 https://phmc.info/HistoryCode

#OTD #OnThisDay #31for31 #preservationhappenshere
#thisplacematters #preservationmonth

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May 27:

#Congratulations to Longwood Gardens & its restoration project team, recipients of a 2018 Preservation Achievement Award. Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden combines classic landscape design with art, innovation & technology. The 80-year-old fountain underwent a multi-year restoration that preserved its #architectural character.

#31for31 #preservationhappenshere #paroundtable #thisplacematters
#preservationmonth #pashpo Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

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May 28:

The Freemansburg Locktenders House has been restored thanks to a new roof & extensive repointing, ensuring that students will continue to enjoy the “Tales of the Towpath” and discover the Lehigh Canal & Pennsylvania’s industrial history.

#31for31 #preservationhappenshere
#thisplacematters #preservationmonth #pashpo Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

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May 29:

Despite a rough past, the Soldiers and Sailors’ Memorial Fountain now faces a bright future. Preservation Pittsburgh has worked with its partners to secure funding for the #conservation of the monument & the #restoration of its missing basin. 👉 http://www.preservationpgh.org/

#31for31 #preservepghparks #preservationhappenshere #thisplacematters #preservationmonth Dolley Payne Madison Chapter, USD 1812

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May 30:

The rehabilitation of this 1928 Art Deco #school in #Philadelphia has saved a historic landmark. Named for a north Philadelphia soldier who perished in Vietnam, the building now provides affordable apartments for #veterans & seniors.

#31for31 #preservationhappenshere #paroundtable #thisplacematters #preservationmonth HELP USA Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

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May 31: Big Announcement!

Put #preservationhappenshere at the top of your summer #readinglist. PA SHPO’s newest entry is a compelling read, especially for those passionate about #preservation efforts taking shape across Pennsylvania. #31for31 #ThisPlaceMatters #preservationmonth 👉 https://phmc.info/2LLvZks

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Author: Shelby Weaver Splain

Shelby Weaver Splain is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office. Shelby is a native of Bucks County and holds a Masters degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Historic Preservation from Goucher College.

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