Incubation Grant for Isaac Pearson House

The New Jersey Council on the Humanities has provided the Historical Society of Hamilton Township with an Incubation Grant for the 1773 Isaac Pearson House, to assist with developing and prototyping educational activities to undertake at the site during its restoration and once it opens to the public.    The site was saved from the destruction that accompanied new highways and development in the 1970s when it was purchased by Hamilton Township. Planning for its restoration and reuse...

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Isaac Pearson House Heritage Tourism Assessment

Last year we finished up a heritage tourism assessment of the Isaac Pearson House, a now-vacant but largely intact 1773 Georgian five bay, two story brick mansion owned by Hamilton Township in Mercer County NJ. The house’s builder was Isaac Pearson, a Revolutionary War-era farmer and an appointed local official who served British officials in West Jersey. The house today is located in Veterans Park, a 5.5-acre remnant of what was once the extensive 1000-acre Pearson Plantation  ...

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Lecture to Class at Penn Preservation Program

For the third year we are providing a talk for Don Rypkema’s Preservation Economics Class at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. We do part one of a two-hour course talking about the Main Street Approach™, how it began, the four points, eight principals, and the role of board, staff and committees in Main Street and organizational growth. The second hour is provided by former intern and 9-year Main Street veteran Alex Balloon of the...

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Haddon Heights Design Guidelines   We have been a fan of the band of historic preservation activists

We have been a fan of the band of historic preservation activists in Haddon Heights for close to 30 years now. I met them when I worked as the Assistant Director of the National Trust regional office, then located in the historic house, Cliveden the Germantown section of Philadelphia.  In the mid-1980s, Haddon Heights preservationists were working with their new historic preservation ordinance and trying to designate more historic districts.   Haddon Heights is a small, dry town; in...

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Philadelphia Trainings for Corridor Managers

The Philadelphia Association for Community Development Corporations is offering an intensive level training program for new commercial coordinator managers this spring, and we are excited to be part of it.  We have teamed up with two other local consultants to provide a series of Onboarding trainings, specifically for neighborhood commercial districts. Over four weeks, new managers will participate in three, two-hour weekly Zoom sessions each week—a total of 24 hours of training--...

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