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Why do we preserve? Forum discusses an answer

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Over the past few years, Morvan Park in Leesburg, VA has been working with a group of preservation experts in a forum, where they have been considering the question “Why do we preserve?” I first heard about this initiative at the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Conference held in Hagerstown,

Innovative preservation in Lancaster, PA

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While visiting a client in Lancaster, PA, I walked through the Convention Center they have built in the square. I don’t know the whole political story, but in summary: there was a historic home standing on the block where the Marriott and the city of Lancaster wanted to build

Are fire departments engaged in historic preservation measures?

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Last week, I attended a lecture on the history of the Susquehanna Hose Company, the fire department that has guarded the small waterfront town of Havre de Grace Md from flames for over 100 years. Havre de Grace has many historic underpinnings, including George Washington, who often passed through

Woodlawn finds new way to sustain itself through farm-to-table movement

In this month’s (May/June 2011) Preservation magazine is an article about how Woodlawn, the former estate of George Washington’s granddaughter Nellie Custis – and a favorite of mine – has implemented a new innovative farming program based on the estate’s roots as a farm. The article explains, “Restauranteur Michael

SC program teaching the “forgotten arts of preservation”

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I was very excited to read about the American College of the Building Arts in the most recent issue of the National Trust’s Preservation Magazine. This school is teaching the quickly-vanishing skills needed for timber framing, iron working, and stone carving, among others. We focus on these skills in

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