PreserveCast Ep. 60: The Rosenwald Schools with Aviva Kempner

February 26, 2018

You’ve probably heard of Andrew Carnegie or the Rockefeller family, but have you heard of Julius Rosenwald? Today’s guest may be able to help with that. Aviva Kempner is a Peabody award winning documentary filmmaker, whose work focuses on unsung heroes from Jewish history. I spoke with Aviva about her most recent work which details the life of Julius Rosenwald, who during the turn of the century both revolutionized the business of Sears and Roebuck, and vastly influenced black education in the Jim Crow South with his philanthropy. This is PreserveCast.

Check out the website for the Rosenwald documentary here: (

And the Ciesla Foundation, Aviva's non-profit, here: (



PreserveCast Ep. 59: The Brewmaster’s Castle, the Heurich House Museum

February 19, 2018

If you think about history in Washington, D.C. you'll probably think about all the massive monuments and national museums. While there's nothing wrong with that, D.C. has local history and culture just like any city, and few places capture that history like the Heurich House Museum. Kim Bender and Jennifer Ezell joined Nick from the unique, Germanic castle-house, that was built by a pre-prohibition beer dynasty. They talked about the history of the museum, as well as how they combine historical knowledge and the modern world of craft brewing in their programming. It's not all about beer, but please remember to podcast responsibly. This is PreserveCast!

Check out the website for the Heurich House Museum here: (


PreserveCast Ep. 58: Highway to History: Archaeology and Preservation in the State Highway Administration

February 12, 2018

At first glance, it might seem strange to think of an archaeologist working in a state’s highway administration office. But in reality the two can go hand in hand. Julie Schablitsky has conducted archaeological research and digs everywhere from Scotland to Maryland to California, she has utilized augmented reality to allow people to explore reconstructions of slave quarters, and she has done all this as the chief of the Cultural Resources Section at the Maryland State Highway Administration. Move out of the passing lane, you don’t want to miss this week’s PreserveCast.

Reach out to Julie to get on the CRAB, cultural resources bulletin:

Or check out the Maryland Archaeology Facebook page here:



PreserveCast Ep. 57: The History Doctor, Taylor Stoermer

February 5, 2018

Big picture questions in public history and historic preservation can sometimes be intimidating to think about. What should the public expect from their historic institutions? How do public history sites remain relevant in a world that seems to change more and more every year? Fortunately, there are people out there like today’s guest, Dr. Taylor Stoermer. Taylor is an academic who knows how to bring history to the people, whether that be as the chief historian at Colonial Williamsburg, a Professor at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, an advisor to Disney on their revamped hall of presidents, or on twitter as the History Doctor. He may not be an M.D., but his home state is Maryland. This is PreserveCast.


PreserveCast Ep.56: Teaching Young Preservationists New Tricks: The YPA’s Preservation Podcast

January 29, 2018

What does it mean to be a preservationist? How does the built environment that surrounds you impact your daily life? Why does it matter? It’s never too early or too late to think about these questions, especially according to today’s guests, Matthew Craig and Christian Hughes. Matthew, Christian and I talked about their work through the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh to encourage young people to engage with ideas of historic preservation in their communities. This kind of engagement can come in a variety of forms, including a limited series of podcasts featuring high school students who worked with Christian at Pittsburgh’s Perry Traditional Academy. This is PreserveCast!


Here is a link to the YPA's website where you can learn more about supporting their organization, as well as listen to the five episodes that Christian produced with the students: (


PreserveCast Ep. 55: McMansion Hell!

January 22, 2018

Have you ever seen a building and had something about it rub you the wrong way, but you can't explain it? Well, today's guest may be able to help you find the right words. Kate Wagner runs the popular blog McMansion Hell, which takes a comedic approach to dissecting modern suburban architecture, as well as offering informative essays on urban planning and other architectural concepts, including historic preservation. We talked about the blog, how a building can earn the title "McMansion," and where these buildings fit in a larger historic context. This is PreserveCast!


PreserveCast Ep. 54: Repurposing Historic Mills: The Jones Falls Tell-All

January 15, 2018

It's easy to be surprised by the history in your own backyard, even if you're a historic preservationist. Nathan Dennies, the chairperson and founder of the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance, joined Nick to trace the history of Baltimore's iconic Hampden-Woodberry neighborhood, including the many recently repurposed historic mills, Baltimore's famous "Avenue," and the Jones Falls river. The area isn't just home to Baltimore's famous Hon-Fest, it's Preservation Maryland's home as well. This is PreserveCast.


PreserveCast Ep. 53: The Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation

January 8, 2018

Often if we don't make a special effort to remember and tell the stories of individuals and groups within history, their contributions to our shared story can all too easily be forgotten. That is as true for Jewish-Americans as for any other group, and that is why Jerry Klinger founded the Jewish American Soceity for Historic Preservation. Jerry joined Nick to share some of the amazing stories he has learned of Jewish people throughout the country's history, as well as to share about projects coming in the future for his organization. This is PreserveCast.


You can learn more about Jerry's work from the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation Website: (



PreserveCast Ep. 52: Dana Saylor and the Art of Historic Placemaking

January 2, 2018

Ever walk into a historic building or place and find yourself imagining new ways to use it? Like an art project or public event? Well, it’s one thing to have the idea, but a historic changemaker, like today’s guest Dana Saylor, is someone who actually follows through. Dana is a prominent voice in placemaking, public art, and preservation, and she spoke with Nick from her home in Buffalo, New York about creative ways that people can use historic places. This is PreserveCast.

You can learn more about Dana and how to support projects at her website: (


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. This is PreserveCast.


Links to a map of Museum grounds will be uploaded soon. Sorry for any tehcnical difficulties.

Information on making a year-end gift to Preservation Maryland (in support of PreserveCast) can be found here: (