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Preservationists are flocking to Chambersburg in June

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Each year we meet to share and learn at the Statewide Conference on Heritage and to be inspired at the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards. This year, those two inspiring events combine offering preservation festivities from June 19-21 in Chambersburg. For the first time, we’ll host an all-day Pennsylvania Barn & Farm Symposium.

We’ll kick off the festivities on Wednesday, June 21 with tours, workshops and sessions in the morning — from a walking tour/photo safari to learn about new photo documentation standards to an innovative, award-winning neighborhood planning model.

Did someone say “award-winning”? Join us at 3:30 p.m. when Keynote Speaker Tom Mayes of the National Trust for Historic Preservation kicks off the 2019 celebration of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards!

This year’s Honor Awards, the highest preservation recognition in Pennsylvania, go to people making a difference in their communities and across the state. Bill Fontana, of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC), will accept the F. Otto Haas Award for outstanding individual achievements in historic preservation.

William Fontana
William Fontana will be recognized with the F. Otto Haas Award for outstanding individual achievements in historic preservation.

Eugene DiOrio of Chester County is this year’s recipient of the Henry A. Jordan Award for outstanding historic preservation efforts at the local level.

Eugene DiOrio
Eugene DiOrio will receive the Henry A. Jordan Award for outstanding historic preservation efforts at the local level.

The Cumberland County Historical Society will receive the Chairman’s Award for demonstrated leadership in historic preservation.

The Cumberland County Historical Society staff at Redman House
The Cumberland County Historical Society will receive the Chairman’s Award for demonstrated leadership in historic preservation (presentation of the Redmond House plaque is pictured here).

For a complete list of the 2019 honorees — from country barns to city train sheds, click here

But the fun doesn’t end there.

The Statewide Conference on Heritage will run from June 19-21 on the campus of Wilson College, with the theme “Preservation Summer School.”

Historic postcard of Wilson College
Wilson College buildings in 1921.

Attendees will have a tough time deciding between sessions about reuse of historic schools, history and architecture of early automobile suburbs, reuse of brownfields, the latest developments in archaeology, a review of the challenges of rehabbing concrete, and updates on preservation law.

Our first-ever Pennsylvania Farm & Barn Symposium will educate and offer useful resources, whether you work in cultural resource management with a focus on the commonwealth’s agricultural heritage or own a farmstead you want to maintain for future generations to appreciate.

The symposium offers a full day of sessions that focus on topics important in the understanding and preservation of barns, farms and farmland. A one-day conference registration is available to attend just the Thursday symposium.

For more information on the Statewide Conference on Heritage, the Awards, and the Thursday symposium, visit paheritageconference.org.

Each year, Preservation Pennsylvania tries to offer a benefit to the local community as a thank you for hosting the conference. Local residents are invited to attend the final session of the day, How to Save Barns, Farms and Rural Heritage : A Panel Discussion,  and/or the evening screening of Barns of the Susquehanna Valley for free.

Banrs of the Susquehanna Valley movie. Image from: www.witf.org/on-air/2018/05/barns-of-the-susquehanna-valley.php

To register for either of these free events, click here.

This week’s post was written by Sabra Smith. Sabra is the Communications Director at Preservation Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth’s only private statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people protect and preserve the historic places that matter to them. We are supported by our members and donors who believe in the power of preservation as a tool for community pride, economic revitalization, and more. We invite you to join our passionate community of preservers!

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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