November 20, 2017
It doesn't matter if it's your molar, your canine, or what, everybody has some kind of sweet tooth. Something that you may not be thinking about is how that sweet tooth has played a role in history. Susan Benjamin is the founder of True Treats Candy in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and author of the book Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure. Susan has appeared on platforms from NPR to NBC, and she joined us on PreserveCast to share the rich history of candy in American culture, from pre-Colombian Native Americans to the working poor of the Industrial Revolution. Go ahead and spoil your dinner with this week’s PreserveCast.
Here is a link to Susan's website, where you can find out more about their candy and Susan's book: (http://www.truetreatscandy.com/)
And thanks to the Storm Boyz Lenne Lenape Drum, whose music was used in the Preservation Explanation Segment.
November 13, 2017
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Based in Newport, Rhode Island, the 1772 Foundation’s mission is to ensure the safe passage of historic buildings and farmland to future generations, in the Northeast and around the country. Under the direction of today’s guest, Mary Anthony, one of the key tools the Foundation uses to accomplish this mission is their nationwide historic property redevelopment, or revolving funds, program. Mary explained to us details of how her organization can help save buildings from Colorado to Florida to Maine, and also why it’s important to emphasize the human element of philanthropy, on this week’s PreserveCast.
November 6, 2017
As historic preservationists, we often can fall into only thinking about history through the framework of buildings and sites, or even get caught up on buildings from just one era. That is not the case for our guest today, Dr. Bill Schindler. Bill is one of the world’s leading experimental archaeologists and an expert on primitive technologies and historic foodways. Join us as Bill explains how food has driven technological development throughout human history, how we are uniquely positioned in that history, and why we may want to look at ancient foodways to inform how we eat in the future. Hopefully we won’t make you too hungry, this is PreserveCast.
You can go here to check out Bill's work with the Eastern Shore Food Lab.
October 30, 2017
Understanding why preserving historic places makes good economic sense can sometimes seem complex and hard to explain. But fortunately our guest today is Donovan Rypkema, the Principal of PlaceEconomics and the President of Heritage Strategies Internationa, and a man who has made a career out of explaining the interplay of economics, real estate, and preservation. Donovan is one of the world thought leaders on preservation economics, and he and Nick talked about the research that Donovan and others have done into the economic benefits of preservation, both short and long term, as well as the uncertain future of the Federal Historic Tax Credit program. This is PreserveCast.
Here is a link to the most recent blog post from Preservation Maryland on the Federal Historic Tax Credit. Here you can find a video from Nick explaining the threat to the program, as well as a link to contact your representative in congress and links that go in to more detail on what the program does: (http://www.preservationmaryland.org/advocacy-alert-federal-historic-tax-credit/)
Also, here is a link to PlaceEcnomics' "38 Reasons to Keep the Federal Historic Tax Credit": (http://www.placeeconomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/38-Reasons-to-Keep-the-Federal-Historic-Tax-Credit-V5.pdf)
October 23, 2017
When does history end? For some, like today’s guest Clare Lise Kelly, it might be closer to the present than you think. Clare is an architectural historian here in Maryland whose focus is the preservation of mid-century modern architecture from the 1950s and 60s. She literally wrote the book Montgomery Modern, focused on the architecture of Montgomery County, northwest of Washington D.C. From the future of office parks to Frank Lloyd Wright, there’s a lot to cover before we have to say so long. This is PreserveCast.
Here's a link to learn more about Clare's work with Montgomery County, MD, plus information on how to buy her book: (http://montgomeryplanning.org/planning/historic/montgomery-modern/)
And in case you missed it, you may want to check out our previous episode with Atul Sharma of the Montgomery Planning Department on Self Driving Cars.
CORRECTION: At around the 24:00 minute mark, Clare mentions an example of a building with a successfully fully restored facade. She said the Seagram Building, but was actually intending to reference the Lever House.
October 16, 2017
From buildings to furniture to fine art, there are few historic objects or items that Dr. Susan Buck would be unable to analyze through the microscopic examination of paint samples. Join us for a conversation about Susan’s work on projects from Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia to the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, and on items from 19th century Shaker furniture to Egyptian coffins from the 5th century B.C. What can we learn from a paint chip the size of a pin head? Find out on this week’s PreserveCast.
You can follow Susan's instagram by going here: (https://www.instagram.com/paintchipsanalysis/) and if you're going to be around Richmond in the rest of October, you can learn more about her exhibition here: (http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org/aboutus/exhibitions/vividview/)
And while we're at it, here's a link to learn more about Architectural Paint Research, or APR: (http://www.apr2017.org/about-apr/)
October 9, 2017
As preservationists, we here at PreserveCast are usually concerned with the physical history; what we can know from the cold hard facts. But seeing as how it’s October and Halloween is around the corner, we thought we’d talk a little about haunted history. Author Colin Dickey joined me to talk about the history of ghost stories and share what we can learn from the places that scare us. The conversation ranges all the way from Silicon Valley to Richmond Virginia on this, the first ever PreserveCast Spooktacular!
For more information on Colin's book (which has just been released on paperback) check out: http://www.colindickey.com/
October 2, 2017
Few historic moments continue to reverberate through our nation quite like the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. But despite the way the history lives on, there are some parts that will always be challenging for us to face as a nation. Joe McGill, the founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, joined me to discuss the work he does to shed light on some of the most painful, yet powerful, places in America. Join us for a discussion on the value of remember all aspects of our past, from slave dwellings to Confederate monuments, on this week’s PreserveCast.
Check out Joe's work with the Slave Dwelling project here: (http://slavedwellingproject.org/). He's staying overnight in Maryland October 13th-15th and you can still join him!
This episode is part of our focus series on the history of the Antietam Battlefield.
September 25, 2017
Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows architects to measure elements of a building down to the centimeter, and Tom Reinhart is here to explain how George Washington's Mount Vernon is expanding on that technology even further to get the most benefit for historic preservationsits. What do you get when you cross information from George Washington's own handwritten letters and the latest tech in data systems and digital modeling? Find out on this week's PreserveCast!
September 18, 2017
It's hard to talk about the history of the Civil War without touching on the Maryland Campaign, which came to an end with the Battle of Antietam. This battle was not only the single bloodiest day of the War, but also preicpated Abraham Lincoln's issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation. And as important as the battle was, it would be extremely challenging to pass the history of that day on to future generations without the preserved Antietam Battlefield in its proper context, which is the way it is today thanks to Dr. Tom Clemens and the other members of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. Learn more on this week's PreserveCast.
This episode is part of our focus series on the history of the Antietam Battlefield.