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 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]

On this week’s episode, we spoke with Alyssa Frystak of PlaceEconomics about the benefits of deconstruction, and how data can be used to preserve historic neighborhoods and affordable housing.

You can find Ms. Frystak’s recent papers on these topics on the PlaceEconomics website at: https://www.placeeconomics.com. There, you will also be able to find the Weekend News Roundup and the PresPolls mentioned in this interview.

This week on the podcast, we spoke with Candacy Taylor of Taylor Made Culture. We discussed The Green Book, and Ms. Taylor’s latest project documenting Green Book sites across the country. We also discussed the importance of place preservation, and why documenting sites that no longer exist is critical to the American story.

You can find Greenbook digital copies here: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/collections/the-green-book#/?tab=about

Learn more about Ms. Taylor and her projects at www.taylormadeculture.com.

This week on the Practical Preservation Podcast we spoke with Katia McGuirk of Moravian Pottery and Tileworks. Katia talked about the history of Moravian and how tile making technology has evolved to adapt to health standards and environmentally safe practices. We also discussed skilled workforce development and the need to inspire a new workforce of craftspeople.

Moravian Pottery and Tileworks is located in Bucks County, PA and offers tours to the public. Please see their website at https://www.thetileworks.org.

You can also find them on Instagram and on Facebook

 

This week on the Practical Preservation Podcast we spoke with Matthew Metcalf of the Bucks County Community College Historic Preservation program, and Natalie Henshaw of the Campaign for Historic Trades and Preservation Maryland. Our discussion focused on workforce development in the historic trades, and how to bridge the labor gap in our industry.

You can find more information about the historic preservation program at Bucks County Community College at www.bucks.edu/hp; and more about the Campaign for Historic Trades at https://historictrades.org.

 

 

On this week’s episode we spoke with Lisa Oestreicher of Oestreicher Architectural Paint Research.  Lisa discussed methods of paint research as well as how changes in a home’s paint often indicates historic events in the home such as marriages, celebrations, or new ownership. We also discussed the importance of picking an accurate paint color as well as finish when replicating historic methods.  

You can find Lisa’s website at www.historicpaint.com, and the Building Conservation Directory at www.buildingconservation.com (Lisa mentioned this website lists a full directory of all crafts people working in conservation in Britain). Also, check out Icon’s (The Institute for Conservation) website for lectures and resources https://www.icon.org.uk. 

This week on the Practical Preservation Podcast, Michael Edison of Edison Coatings joined us to discuss how he broke into the field of historic preservation with a degree in chemical engineering.  Michael discussed the importance of a well educated staff and why technical trainings are in everyone’s best interest.  We also discussed how the field of historic restoration and preservation is reducing the carbon footprint of construction.

If you email Edison Coatings at [email protected] and ask to join the mailing list, Michael will send you a $100 coupon to use towards an online training with Edison Coatings (make sure to mention this offer, you don’t want to miss out!)

You can find Edison Coatings at www.edisoncoatings.com