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Kevin Sullivan, insurance agent at National Trust Insurance Services, LLC, joined the Practical Preservation podcast to discuss unique, historically-focused insurance services offered by the company. We covered a multitude of topics including:

  • The insurance company’s inception by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2003, due to a significant lack of insurance options specific to the needs of historic properties
  • The differences between insurance for historical properties and typical homeowners insurances – including a greater focus on replacement costs vs. actual cash value – to guarantee that damaged historical features will be replaced with the same materials and craftsmanship
  • The various types of specialty insurance they offer under the umbrellas of historical homeowner insurance and insurance for museums/organizations/businesses
  • Tips for historical property owners and stewards, including consulting with an agent to determine the appropriate insurance limit and best plan for one’s budget
  • General challenges with insuring old buildings, as well as unique challenges and unpredictable changes to insurance related to COVID-19







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Kevin also recommends that stewards of museums, organizations, or businesses in historic buildings take this time of social-distancing and closures to review their current insurance policies to clarify that what they have is what they need, and update as necessary.


About Laura Kise

Laura Kise has worked most of her adult life in the health services field, but has never lost her love of history. Her ancestral roots run deeply in Central Pennsylvania, and some of her earliest history-loving experiences included riding restored train cars behind antique steam engines, as well as participating in Civil-War reenacting, and visiting battlefields with her parents. She has been an administrator with Keperling Preservation Services since November 2019, and is excited to explore new opportunities to promote historical education and preservation throughout Central Pennsylvania and beyond.

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