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, we spoke with Kelly Parks, realtor at Paris Gibson Realty in Montana, specializing in
historic farms, ranches, and estates. We discussed Kelly’s experience with her historic homes, and her advocacy for historic spaces in Montana and across the country. We also discussed positive trends in preservation and why we shouldn’t be afraid of taking on historic renovation projects.

You can contact Kelly via email at [email protected] or by phone at 406-788-6826.

On this week’s episode of the Practical Preservation Podcast we spoke with author Marc Howard Ross about his book Slavery in the North: Forgetting History and Recovering Memory.  Marc told us about his research and how how got interested in learning about how America chooses to document, or forget, history. 

You can contact Marc via email at [email protected] 

On this week’s episode Danielle spoke with John Phillips of Associated Crafts & Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, Inc about the modernization of stained glass preservation and why educating customers is critical.

You can find more information about Associated Crafts & Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, Inc. on their website at: https://stained-glass-window.us. 

Glenn Eldridge ‘The Tinman’ from Chelsea Decorative Metal Co.  joined the Practical Preservation podcast to discuss tin ceilings.  Chelsea Decorative Metal Co. manufactures tin ceiling panels in a variety of patterns and sizes including Art Deco, Victorian, and Turn of the Century.

You can reach Glenn at: Tin Ceilings by The Tinman : Chelsea Decorative Metal Company or Chelsea Decorative Metal Co. | Facebook or [email protected] or Tel: 713-721-9200

Gwen Jones and Karla Pearlstein of Ariel Grace Design joined the Practical Preservation podcast to discuss custom floor cloths, Bolling & Co. (a previous podcast guest – Gwen is a co-owner), and the Preservation Artisans Guild.

You can contact Ariel Grace Designs at: 503-206-2631 or [email protected] or by visiting their website: Custom Floorcloth Makers | Painted Canvas Rugs | Canvas Floorcloths | – Ariel Grace Design

Bo Sullivan joined the Practical Preservation podcast to discuss a long career in preservation and his two companies Bolling & Co.  (period style wallpaper as art) and Arcalus Period Design

Offer for our listeners: 15% off any order from Bolling & Co over $100.00  CODE: PP21

You can reach Bo at either of his websites: Arcalus Period Design and Bolling & Company (bollingco.com)

On this week’s episode of the Practical Preservation Podcast we spoke with Mindy Crawford, Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania. We discussed the role of the preservation office and the importance of local advocacy in protecting historic buildings.  

You can find more information on Preservation Pennsylvania and membership opportunities on their website

Rory Brennan of Plaster Magic joined the podcast today to discuss his unique products and why repairing is often a better (and easier!) option than replacing, especially when it comes to plaster.  

You can find Plaster Magic products on their website: https://plastermagic.com, and you can contact the office via email at [email protected], or by phone at (802) 254-1330. 

 

This week on the Practical Preservation Podcast we spoke with Sarah Marsom, Heritage Resource Consultant. We discussed how changes in communication during the pandemic have opened up resources to those who may not have been able to access them before and why inclusive storytelling is important to preservation. We also discussed the importance of salary transparency and how to be creative when finding grant funding for your project.

Sarah is the founder of the #DismantlePreservation Virtual Unconference and the Tiny Activist Project. You can find more information about both of these on Sarah’s website: https://www.sarahmarsom.com.

You can find Sarah on Facebook and Instagram, her email is: [email protected]