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PreserveCast Ep. 51: On-Site from the American Visionary Art Museum

PreserveCast Ep. 51: On-Site from the American Visionary Art Museum

December 27, 2017

A few weeks ago we took PreserveCast on the road, albeit only a few blocks, to visit a truly unique historic place, the American Visionary Art Museum. Nick sat down with AVAM's founder, Rebecca Hoffberger, in one of the museums several repurposed, historic buildings to discuss the history of the institution that houses the world's largest collection of 'outsider' or 'visionary' art. Nick and Rebecca covered a lot of topics, including the decision-making process that led Rebecca to locate in a campus of historic buildings in Baltimore city. Things may seem a little unorthodox, but that's what visionary art is all about on this episode of PreserveCast.

Listen here: https://www.preservecast.org/2017/12/27/rebecca-hoffberger-the-american-visionary-art-museum/

PreserveCast Ep. 49: The Anarchist’s Podcast on Historic House Museums

PreserveCast Ep. 49: The Anarchist’s Podcast on Historic House Museums

December 11, 2017

It may not come as a surprise that some historians and museum professionals are not always quick to adapt to change, but that’s only some of us. There are others out there, like today’s guest Frank Vagnone, who not only are capable of adapting, but thrive on inverting the status quo of museums and public history. Frank and I spoke about the book he co-authored, The Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums, his position as the President and CEO of Old Salem, and examples of good ways for house museums to defy expectations. There's anarchy in the USA, the U.K., and beyond on this week's PreserveCast.

Listen here: https://www.preservecast.org/2017/12/11/frank-vagnone-the-anarchists-podcast-on-historic-house-museums/

 

Editor's note: The music in the segment came from a 1994 recording of a Virginia Pow Wow, and included a traditional Eastern Woodlands and Iroqouis song/dance called Gadasjot.

PreserveCast Ep. 41: Paint Chip Analysis with Dr. Susan Buck

PreserveCast Ep. 41: Paint Chip Analysis with Dr. Susan Buck

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.

Listen here: https://www.preservecast.org/2017/10/16/paint-chip-analysis-with-dr-susan-buck/

PreserveCast Ep. 38: Building Information Modeling at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

PreserveCast Ep. 38: Building Information Modeling at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

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!

Listen here: https://www.preservecast.org/2017/09/25/tom-reinhart-building-information-modeling-at-george-washingtons-mount-vernon/

PreserveCast Ep. 32: Live from the Old Line State Summit!

PreserveCast Ep. 32: Live from the Old Line State Summit!

August 14, 2017

On July 12th of this year, preservationists from across the state of Maryland convened at the U.S. Naval Academy to take part in the Old Line State Summit, Preservation Maryland's annual conference. Participants learned about all of the most current topics in the field, ranging from virtual and augmented reality, to the preservation of LGBTQ history, and podcasting! Join Nick and guests Diane Caslow, of the Preservation Maryland Board, Susan Giddings of the Friends of the Rising Sun Inn, and Catherine Rogers Arthur from the Maryland State Archives, along with the "studio audience" for a special recording of PreserveCast, Live from the Old Line State Summit!

Listen here: https://www.preservecast.org/2017/08/14/live-from-the-old-line-state-summit-conference/

PreserveCast Ep. 30: GIS and Technological Advances in Archaeology

PreserveCast Ep. 30: GIS and Technological Advances in Archaeology

July 31, 2017

There's more to modern archaeology than the old shovel and trowell. With the use of Geographic Information Systems, archaeologists can create maps of land surface down to extraordinarily specific levels, and predict sites for teams to go in and dig. Nick sat down with Stacy Poulos from Maryland's own Anne Arundel County to discuss the many advances in technology in archaeology including GIS, laser scanning, and the potential future developments like holographic displays of lost buildings! This is PreserveCast.

Listen here: https://www.preservecast.org/2017/07/31/stacy-poulous-gis-and-technological-advances-in-archaeology/

PreserveCast Ep. 29: Glass, Gas, and the Past: Neon Sign Preservation and Restoration

PreserveCast Ep. 29: Glass, Gas, and the Past: Neon Sign Preservation and Restoration

July 24, 2017

Although not always the first thing to come to mind as a cultural resource in need of preservation, neon signs are a unique form of art that exist at the crossroads of 20th century popular history and the preservation of what can make a community unique. And they look cool doing it. Join us as Paul Greenstein, an expert in creating and restoring neon signage from Los Angeles, CA, shares some of his knowledge of how exactly neon works, what it takes to restore an old sign, and the state of the neon sign community today. So shine on, you crazy noble gases, this is PreserveCast!

Listen here: https://www.preservecast.org/2017/07/24/paul-greenstein-neon-sign-preservation-and-restoration/

PreserveCast Ep. 26: Open Source Preservation with Baltimore Heritage

PreserveCast Ep. 26: Open Source Preservation with Baltimore Heritage

July 3, 2017

These days even folks who consider themselves luddites may very well have an e-mail address. That's why it's important to consider where online all the data and information we use on a daily basis is stored, who owns, and perhaps most important, who can access. Fortunately we are joined this week by Eli Pousson of Baltimore Heritage who is eager to share with us more about the open source movement and why he believes it may be invaluable for historic preservation. This is PreserveCast.

Listen here: https://www.preservecast.org/2017/07/03/eli-pousson-open-source-preservation-with-baltimore-heritage/

PreserveCast Ep. 22: It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity: Preservation in the Southern Climate

PreserveCast Ep. 22: It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity: Preservation in the Southern Climate

June 5, 2017

Phew! Everybody loves the summertime, but not so much the beating hot sun! Nick spoke this week with Will Hamilton and Mariah Schwartz about the historic Aiken Rhett House in Charleston, South Carolina, and what preservationists can do to keep the temperature of a historic propoerty under control, especially in the heat of a Southern Summer. Get a fan going and try to cool off as we learn about the Historic Charleston Foundation, the preserve-as-found approach, and hottest new takes on heating and cooling. This is PreserveCast.

Listen here: https://www.preservecast.org/2017/06/05/will-hamilton-mariah-schwartz-its-not-the-heat-its-the-humidity-preservation-in-the-southern-climate/

PreserveCast Ep. 15: Augmented Reality in the World of Preservation with Greg Werkheiser

PreserveCast Ep. 15: Augmented Reality in the World of Preservation with Greg Werkheiser

April 17, 2017

Ever visit a historic site and wish that you could see just a little bit more of what things were really like? Thanks to the work of Greg Werkheiser and his partners at ARtGlass, that will soon be possible. Listen as Nick and Greg discuss the future of augmented and virtual reality in historic preservation and heritage tourism, as well as Greg's pioneering work as a cultural heritage lawyer. You don't need VR goggles to get the full experience, just press play and listen to PreserveCast!

Listen here: https://www.preservecast.org/2017/04/17/greg-werkheiser-artglass-augmented-reality-at-historic-sites/

PreserveCast Ep. 14 Tolson’s Chapel and the History of Reconstruction

PreserveCast Ep. 14 Tolson’s Chapel and the History of Reconstruction

April 10, 2017

Tolson's Chapel was once a school, a church, and the center of a community. Now, thanks to the work of folks like our guest Edie Wallace (as well as Preservation Maryland) it may hopefully serves as a way to glimpse into the often overlooked second act of the story of the Civil War and the emancipation of slavery. Nick sat down this week with the President of the non-profit Friends of Tolson's Chapel, to discuss the challenges associated with preserving this unique building, and why it and similar preservation projects are a key part of the full story of the Civil War. This is PreserveCast.

Listen here: https://www.preservecast.org/2017/04/10/edie-wallace-tolsons-chapel-and-the-history-of-reconstruction/

 

Producer's note: This episode is part of our focus series on the history of the Antietam Battlefield.

PreserveCast Ep. 12: Civil War Medicine and the Modern Day with Jake Wynn

PreserveCast Ep. 12: Civil War Medicine and the Modern Day with Jake Wynn

March 27, 2017

Jake Wynn joins Nick this week from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Learn how the study and practice of medicine from the Civil War period is relevant today, and about how Jake and his colleagues are opening the museum up to new audiences through the use of technology, social media, and a variety of innovative practices. We promise it won't hurt a bit. Check out this week's PreserveCast!

Listen here: https://www.preservecast.org/2017/03/27/jake-wynn-civil-war-medicine-and-the-modern-day/

 

Producer's note: This episode is part of our focus series on the history of the Antietam Battlefield.

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