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Mindy Crawford Executive Director
Melinda G. Crawford
Executive Director
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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
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Julia joined the team in 2015. Her love of all things old stretches from roadside architecture to industrial buildings. At work, she can be found doing everything from answering your technical services questions to organizing our events.

Julia holds a Master’s degree in American Studies from Pennsylvania State University and has previously worked in history education programs. In her free time Julia can be found working on her own preservation project, an early 19th century farm, with her passel of animals and husband.
 Sabra Smith, Communications Director
Sabra Smith
Communications Director
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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 "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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