Nominating Committee Better Board Building Work Plan Presentation

On Wednesday, June 6 we will be speaking again at the Pennsylvania Downtown Center Annual Conference in West Chester. This year’s conference is “Embracing Change:  Empowering the Future of Your Community’s Revitalization Effort,” held in the 2017 Great American Main Street Award winning town of West Chester, PA. Our presentation is “Your Nominating Committee’s Better Board Building Work Plan” scheduled for 3:30 PM. We will discuss an ideal yearlong...

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Second Edition of New Solutions for House Museums Planned

  In 2007, AltaMira Press published Donna’s book, New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America’s Historic Houses, under a co-publishing agreement with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). According to the publisher, New Solutions for House Museums has been the best-selling book in the AASLH series since its publication. AASLH has asked us for a second edition which will include 40% new or substantially rewritten...

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Book blurb for The Historic District Action Guide

William E. Schinkel’s book, The Politics of Historic Districts: A Primer for Grassroots Preservation, came out shortly before my book, New Solutions for House Museums in 2006. I thought it was an inspired and sometimes irreverent work that really told preservation advocates what to expect when they proposed a local historic district. Bill produced a second book in 2012 called Preservation Politics: Keeping Historic Districts Vital.  AASLH asked for a back-cover book blurb for the...

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Salute to our interns and consultants 2018

Each year we hire interns from various graduate programs in the area who conduct online and library research and assist us at client meetings. We had four students work with us consistently during this academic year: Amanda Leigh Stevens and Santiago Preciado from the University of Pennsylvania, Will Christman from Villanova University’s Public History graduate program, and Mariam Williams from the Public History graduate program at Rutgers Camden. Students get to work on a variety of...

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Two DE Design Guides Wrapping Up

For the last six months, we have worked with Downtown Milford Inc. and the Town of Laurel, DE to create design guides for their downtown commercial districts. The design guides will be used in both towns for any matching grant program for storefront or other downtown building improvement projects. Both projects will foster excellent and historically compatible improvements to both communities’ authentic historic building resources. Both communities had very diligent committees that met...

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