Optimism for York County At Risk theater
The future is looking bright for the Hanover (State) Theater in Hanover (York County), listed on Pennsylvania At Risk in 2011. The Hanover Theater (originally State Theater) at 37-41 Frederick Street in downtown Hanover will be sold to a redevelopment group led by Jordan Ilyes. The historic theater was named to Preservation Pennsylvania’s list of threatened and endangered historic properties in 2011. The building is a contributing resource in the National Register-listed Hanover Historic District.
“We are delighted to see progress toward returning this wonderful building to productive use,” said Mindy Crawford, Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania. “Saving a historic building takes patience and perseverance, so the news of a new owner and a new use for the State Theatre is most welcome and rewarding after so many people worked to make this happen."
Conference Will Go Virtual for 2020
After much discussion, Preservation Pennsylvania has decided that in the interest of the health and safety of our preservation and Easton host communities that the Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage and Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards will become virtual events this year. (We look look forward to sharing all the wonderful Easton place-based experiences with you at a later date!)
As we research platforms and develop plans, we want to be sure we are meeting your needs and creating an experience you will enjoy and find useful. While we are sad not to be meeting together in Easton, we feel this change allows you to safely participate from your home or office and creates opportunity for those who have been unable to attend previously due to time, travel or financial constraints.
PA HB 2004: Contact your representative
Preservation Pennsylvania has been monitoring the business in the House and HB 2004 was not considered on Wednesday, May 20. It will be carried forward to the agenda for May 26. There is still time to reach out to your PA legislator and urge them to vote "NO" on HB 2004 which would strip Keystone grant funding that is a valuable tool for preservation, parks, libraries and more all across Pennsylvania. (Read our advocacy e-blast
for more information.)
(Note: for those confused by the terminology, "removed from the table" means the bill is active. "Laid on the table" means it has been tabled for later discussion.)
Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards
Preservation Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards. (Read the press release
.) Twenty-four awards, representing projects and people across the state, were selected to receive recognition. To see the full list, please visit our Awards page
Historic Pennsylvania book bonus!
For a limited time, when you order a gift membership (Advocate level and above) it includes a presentation card and a gift-wrapped, signed copy of Historic Pennsylvania: A Tour of the Top 100 National Landmarks by Preservation Pennsylvania's Executive Director Mindy Crawford.
The book is a carefully curated guide to the state's most intriguing and significant historic places, illustrated with full color photographs. It's perfect for both road-tripper and armchair enthusiast. Supplies are limited, so order today and we'll ship your gift membership on December 1. Questions? Contact Melonie Babich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-234-2310 x4
New book: Historic Pennsylvania by Mindy Crawford
Historic Pennsylvania: A Tour of the Top 100 National Landmarks by Preservation Pennsylvania's Executive Director Mindy Crawford is a carefully curated guide to the state's most intriguing and
significant historic places. Illustrated with full color photographs, it's a great resource for both road-tripper and armchair enthusiast. Published by Globe Pequot.
Mindy is available for speaking appearances and book signings. Email your query to email@example.com
Potential Partners Tour Mifflin House
(November 8, 2019) -- Wrightsville, PA) Today, representatives from several public agencies, elected officials, non-profits, and private foundations toured the Mifflin House and surrounding land to discuss the potential for future protection and reuse of this important historic site.
Preservation Pennsylvania, Susquehanna National Heritage Area, The Conservation Fund, and other groups have been collaborating to preserve the c.1800 Mifflin House farmstead in eastern York County.
The tract is an Underground Railroad and Civil War historic site located near the Susquehanna River in Hellam Township, adjacent to Wrightsville Borough. Since the 1990’s, Kinsley Properties of York has been developing an industrial park around the site with the Blessing family, long-time owners of the property. In 2017, a plan to demolish the historic farmstead for additional warehouse development led to Preservation Pennsylvania including the property on its annual Pennsylvania At Risk list and start an effort to try and preserve the site. When the initial demolition request was denied, the process moved to the court system eventually going to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.
In early 2019, a new plan was submitted and the Blessings, Kinsley, and Hellam Township agreed to a twoyear moratorium on demolition to allow the interested parties time to investigate costs, funding, and potential partners for preservation of the site. A coalition including Preservation Pennsylvania, Susquehanna National Heritage Area, The Conservation Fund, and other groups developed a concept for acquisition and adaptive use of the property. Today’s tour allowed the interested individuals and groups a chance to walk the site and see the potential.
“While no specific details on the plan or funding are available at this time, I’m very pleased with the progress we have made so far and the interest shown in preserving this important York County resource. We are grateful to the developer and owners for allowing us two years to seek a positive outcome,” said Mindy Gulden Crawford, Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania.
What About the Windows? Help Save Them!
Help spread the word and be an advocate for original
windows! Useful for HARBS and CLGs, the guide also provides useful information for individual preservationists to advocate for saving historic windows rather than replacing them.
Preservation Pennsylvania offers a useful how-to guide: "Considering the Repair, Retrofit, and Replacement of Historic Windows."
This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania State
Historic Preservation Office via the Certified Local Government
program, and is made possible by cooperation of the Boroughs and HARBs
of Gettysburg, Bellefonte and Mercersburg.
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How to Protect and Preserve the Historic Places That Matter to You
This four-part document is intended to provide you with the information and tools that you may need to make informed decisions about your historic preservation project.