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Mindy Gulden Crawford
Melinda G. Crawford
Executive Director
mcrawford@preservationpa.org
717-234-2310 x2
A part-time job typing National Register Nominations in 1982 turned into a long career for Mindy. She has been the Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania since 2006, after spending 24 years at Historic York, Inc. (20 years as Executive Director). A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from York College coupled with a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College has opened up many opportunities for work and volunteering. Mindy is an adjunct professor at Penn State Harrisburg and York College of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.

In her spare(?) time, you’ll find Mindy exploring the Lincoln Highway and other old roads looking for great roadside architecture and searching for the perfect plastic snow globe. You might also find her wearing seven layers of period clothing to participate in Civil War Dancing or Living History Events with her husband, Rodney.

Julia Chain, Program Director
Julia Chain
Program Director
717-234-2310 x3
Julia joined the team in 2015 when a class on historic preservation pointed to a tangible connection to the history she’d been studying. Her love of all things old ranges from a vintage single-pump gas station along the Lincoln Highway or a picturesque 18th century farmstead to the newest tax credit project that transforms former industrial space into art and meeting space. She's actively involved with the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists and enjoys their urban adventuring meetups.

As Program Director, you can interact with Julia in a variety of ways: at one of the Preservation Pennsylvania events she plans, on the phone talking about your newest historic project, or attending a local preservation group’s kick off meeting.

Julia holds a Master’s degree in American Studies from Pennsylvania State University. While pursuing her degrees Julia was a Schreyer Honors College Scholar and received the George Wolf Award for Academic Excellence in American Studies as well as publishing her research in New Errands: The Undergraduate Journal of American Studies. Her previous work experience involved bringing history education programs to local schools, which has made her passionate about making historic preservation relevant and fun!

In her free time Julia can be found working on her own preservation project, an early 19th-century farm, with her husband, Chuck. Their farm is also home to a passel of animals, a bountiful garden and budding farm stand.
 
   
 Sabra Smith, Communications Director
Sabra Smith
Communications Director
ssmith@preservationpa.org
717-234-2310 x5
Sabra's career path has zigged (from NYC publishing house) and zagged (to corporate communications) before leading to the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and a Masters in Historic Preservation. Since then, Sabra has worked in preservation at the local, state and federal levels, working at the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and the National Park Service's Northeast Regional Office. She's administered grants, monitored lighthouses, tracked Section 106 projects and organized charettes for National Historic Landmarks. She's written newsletters, launched Facebook pages, helped edit Revealing Women's History: Best Practices for Historic Sites and wrote "Preserving Philadelphia's Carnegie Libraries" for CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship. While she's fascinated by architecture and history and how the public engages with both, she also embraces the new, honing her skills with affinity groups interested in social media, digital interpretation, content strategy and web development.
 
   

 





 
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