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.

This week we spoke with Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America about his photography of abandoned buildings, and how photographs play a role in the preservation of historic places.

You can find the Abandoned America website at www.abandonedamerica.us.

If you work in restoration and have access to abandoned places you can contact Matthew at [email protected] about photo opportunities.

This week we spoke with Sam Pardue of Indow Windows and discussed how innovation can benefit preservation.  Sam and Danielle also discussed the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the preservation workspace. 

You can find Indow Windows on their website or by phone at 503-284-2260.

This week we spoke with Barbara Pierce and CJ Hurley of CJ Hurley Century Arts about the Arts and Crafts movement, preservation, and the joining of art and home. 

 

This week’s episode features Joe Jenkins of the Slate Roof Warehouse, we discussed the history of slate roofing, common mistakes in slate roof maintenance and how to avoid them. 

If you have interest in learning more about slate roofing make sure to check out Joe’s training center at www.slaterooftrainingcenter.com where you can take classes from Joe himself!

You can find resources such as installation guidelines and contractors in your area at: www.slateroofers.org

And you can contact Joe directly, find links to his publications, and more at: www.josephjenkins.com

Josh Coleman and Mike Eenigenburg of Lancaster County Timber Frames Inc. joined us this week to discuss their work in traditional building and timber framing, including hidden gems in historic work, and how to accurately restore or replace framing while adjusting to new codes and requirements. 

You can find Lancaster Timber Frames on their website.

“Heavy Timber Structures: Creating Comfort in Public Spaces” by Tony Zaya and Tim Diener of Lancaster County Timber Frames is sold on Amazon.

 

This week we spoke with John Lindtner of Building Preservation Services about his journey from an MBA grad to a restoration specialist and the importance of preserving historic windows.

You can find John on Facebook or his website, and contact him by phone at 302-983-4056 or by email at [email protected]

On this episode of Practical Preservation, we speak with Don Foster of Masonry Cosmetics Inc. about his career in masonry and the art of brick making. 

This week we spoke with Matt Fisher of Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad about the history and current operations of this private railroad servicing eastern Pennsylvania.

Amy Heavilin of Vivacious Victorian joined the Practical Preservation podcast to discuss documenting the restoration of multiple homes!  Amy shares her lessons learned from multiple restoration projects including: know your limits, ask questions, and find local people to build your resource list.  If you are looking for inspiration for your project visit Amy’s blog (after you listen to the episode of course).

Contact Amy

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John High of Barn Saver joined the Practical Preservation podcast to discuss his work recycling barns.  He shared that 30% of our waste is construction by recycling either through architectural salvage or moving the barn he is helping to keep these pieces of history out of the landfill.

John’s wife, Linda Oatman High, wrote a children’s book about his work you can learn more here: Barn Savers: High, Linda Oatman, Lewin, Ted: 9781590789643: Amazon.com: Books

Contact John at:

THE BARN SAVER: Reclaiming Barns Since 1990 – Home

(1) The Barn Saver | Facebook

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 717-572-1619