Most of you already know we are passionate about historic preservation here at Keperling Preservation Services. And it is our goal to share that passion with others not only by physically preserving the built environment, but also by providing educational materials via blog posts, “coffee break” videos, email newsletters, and podcasts

 

To our surprise and delight, we were recently featured on a list of “11 Great Podcasts for Historic Preservation Fans” posted by Nicholas Som of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We sincerely appreciate this “shout out” and hope that it encourages people to take the time to not only listen to our podcasts, but the other great podcasts featured as well. All of these podcasts provide access to a wide-variety of historic preservation information – we’ve been known to discuss anything from preserving unique local barns to paranormal encounters – and there’s a little something for everyone.

One of the most rewarding things about it is getting to connect with people in other niches of preservation who are just as passionate as we are. We hope these connections can connect our audience, too.

We’d like to thank you, for tuning in. 

“The past is not the property of historians; it is a public possession. It belongs to anyone who is aware of it, and it grows by being shared. It sustains the whole society, which always needs the identity that only the past can give.” – William J. Murtagh

You might have guessed by now, but we’re passionate about the preservation of our built history.

Old buildings aren’t just interesting to look at, they serve as the foundation of our culture – time capsules from the past that are just as worthwhile, curious, and interesting as the people who lived, consorted, governed, gathered, and otherwise inhabited those buildings.

Second only to our passion for those grand old buildings that grace our streets is our passion for sharing what we know about preserving the contributions their architecture makes to our sense of place.  As with many things in life, there’s a lot of misinformation out there and wading through the mud and muck can sometimes be overwhelming.

So we do it for you.

It’s our nature to stay informed about all kinds of things preservation related, and we’re more than happy to share.  Our Resource Center is full of educational (and sometimes quirky and entertaining) content to help you learn more about what preservation is (and what it isn’t), how it happens, who’s doing it and where, what techniques artisan craftsman use in the traditional trades, the guidelines for preserving a historic building, how to’s for those who like to tinker, and so much more.

Knowledge is Power, as they so often say.

The dissemination of information is vital to a healthy and thriving culture.  And it’s just as important for healthy and thriving historic buildings.  We believe that the more you know, the more you can do, and as far as we’re concerned there’s no such thing as too many people “doing” historical preservation – the more the better.

Please be sure to stop back often, we’re always adding more information.

On this week’s episode of the Practical Preservation Podcast Danielle spoke with Dr. Maigen Sullivan ofI The Invisible Histories Project. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, The Invisible Histories Project locates, preserves, researches, and creates for local communities an accessible collection of the rich and diverse history of LGBTQ life in the US South. Danielle and Dr. Sullivan discussed how the Project documents these histories, and how preserving them  benefits the local communities.

Dr. Sullivan highlighted some of her favorite stories from her research and explained why digital archiving is so important, but expensive.

You can find the the Invisible Histories Project online via their website, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok

The 2nd Annual Queer History South Network & Conference “Archives for All, Y’all” Best Practices for Digital Access & Community Networking will be held Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2022 in Dallas, Texas, you can find more and register online here

You can contact The Invisible Histories Project directly at: [email protected]

 

This week on the Practical Preservation Podcast Danielle was joined by Nedra Deadwyler of the Save Your Spaces Cultural Heritage and Historic Preservation Festival.

Nedra and Danielle talked about trends and techniques in preserving history, heritage, and identities, and how events like the Save Your Spaces festival encourage their preservation. They also discussed how you can support projects like Save your Spaces, or even create a similar event in your community.

For more information on the festival visit the website at: http://saveyourspaces.org, you can contact Nedra via email at [email protected], and ask direct questions about the festival via email at [email protected],

This week on the Practical Preservation Podcast, Danielle was joined by Mark Ferguson of The Revivalist. Mark discussed the history of his family farm in Roanoke, VA and his plans for restoring the main house, grain silo, and slave quarters. Danielle and Mark also discussed how local preservation guidelines can help or hinder investment in older communities.

You can learn more about The Revivalist and Mark’s work online at https://therevivalist.info.

On this week’s episode of the Practical Preservation Podcast Danielle spoke with Christina Butler of Butler Preservation.  Christina is a preservationist, contractor, and a full professor at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, SC. 

Danielle and Christina discussed the benefits of having both formal education and hands on experience when approaching restoration projects, the skill gap in the trades industry, and why Christina opted to design her brand new home in Georgian era design.

You can find Butler Preservation online at www.butlerpreservation.com, and the American College of the Building Arts at www.acba.edu

On this week’s episode of the Practical Preservation Podcast Danielle spoke with Sarah Ward of Ward Architecture + Preservation.  Danielle and Sarah spoke about how to balance the preservation of historic homes while keeping the client’s vision in mind, and how to keep the client’s vision in mind while maintaining the integrity of the historic structure.   They also discussed how climate change may impact preservation trades moving forward, and why it is important to utilize local, state, and federal preservation tax credits. 

You can contact Sarah via email at [email protected] or online via the Ward Architecture + Preservation website.  You can also find Ward Architecture + Preservation on Facebook and Instagram.

 

On this week’s episode of the Practical Preservation Podcast Danielle spoke with Shauntee Daniels, Executive Director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area. Danielle and Shauntee discussed heritage tourism, the experience of going to a place and becoming a part of the story, allowing the tourists to experience the culture that existed at one time in place.

Shauntee highlighted how heritage tourism has expanded Baltimore’s story past the Inner Harbor, mentioning how programs like Ghost Rivers give visitors a glimpse into the past.

You can find more information about the Baltimore National Heritage Area on their website at www.explorebaltimore.org, on Twitter @bmoreha, or on Facebook.

Don’t forget to catch the premiere of “Voices of a Black Butterfly” at the Peale Center on May 13th, 2022.  

 

On this week’s episode of the Practical Preservation Podcast Danielle spoke with Molly Ricks of Baltimore Heritage. Danielle and Molly talked about how preservation serves people and communities, and how preservation outreach has changed (for good!) through the pandemic. Listen to the episode and learn more about Baltimore Heritage’s programs.

You can contact Molly via email at [email protected], and find Baltimore Heritage online at https://baltimoreheritage.org.

On this week’s episode of the Practical Preservation Podcast Danielle spoke with Ellie Isaacs of Landmark Preservation Consulting. Danielle and Ellie discussed why it’s important to prioritize project work to account for funding, and how educating clients on care and maintenance is critical to long term preservation efforts. Ellie also discussed some of her favorite projects including Meadow Garden in Augusta, GA, the home of George Walton signer of the Declaration of Independence.

You can find Landmark Preservation on instagram @landmarkpreservationconsulting, and contact Ellie via email at [email protected]

On this week’s episode of the Practical Preservation Podcast Danielle spoke with Nicholas De Neff, lead writer for the Hometown History Podcast. Danielle and Nicholas discussed the importance of storytelling in place,  and how the way a story is told can influence legacy.

You can contact Nick via email at [email protected]

Hometown History is produced by Arc Light Media.  You can find it and the other Arc Light podcasts via their website.

On this week’s episode of the Practical Preservation Podcast Danielle spoke with Liz Waytkus, Executive Director of the United States chapter of Docomomo International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement for nearly 25 years.

Danielle and Liz discussed the importance of local, state, and national designation of historically relevant architecture.  Liz’s  article for Dezeen on the demolition of Marcel Breuer’s Geller I house goes into detail about how this type of designation could have saved this significant piece of modern American architecture. 

If you’d like to participate in Docomomo’s mall project you can submit your local shopping mall and it’s unique stories here

You can contact Liz and the US chapter of Docomomo at [email protected]  More information about the 2022 National Symposium in Philadelphia is located on the Docomomo US website