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All events free and open to the public.
South Mountain to Your Glass: Preserving and Improving our Drinking Water Quality
Date: April 20, 2017
Location: Mont Alto, Penn State Mont Alto at 7:00pm
This lecture event, "From South Mountain to Your Glass: Preserving and Improving Our Water Supply" will feature DCNR Stream Ecologist Nate Reagle and Dickinson College Environmental Studies Professor Dr. Kristin Strock. The current health of South Mountain streams, as well as the Conococheague Creek restoration project, a successful stream restoration project accomplished by the region's collective Trout Unlimited Chapters, will be highlighted.
Letort Headwaters Tour: Walking Tour of the Historic Watercress Farm
Date: May 12, 2017
Location: Carlisle - Headwaters Property (985 South Spring Garden Street, Carlisle) at 6:00pm
HGAC's Barn Preservation Project: a Model for Local Efforts Throughout the Commonwealth
Date: August 15, 2017
Location: GAR Hall, 53 E Middle St, Gettysburg, PA 17325 at 7:30pm
In collaboration with Historic Gettysburg Adams County. Doors open at 7:00pm - Refreshments provided. Over the past fi fteen years, Historic Gettysburg-Adams County’s Barn Preservation Project has become a flagship of the organization, reinforcing its relevance as a preservation society that is actively engaged in the community. As part of the HGAC Educational Speaker Program, and in collaboration with South Mountain Partnership’s Speakers Series, HGAC’s Barn Preservation Specialist David Maclay will provide information about the project in a wide ranging presentation. Maclay will touch upon his experiences as a timber framer and restoration carpenter, and as a member of HGAC’s volunteer-driven eff ort to preserve these iconic structures. Geared towards barn enthusiasts and preservationists throughout the South Mountain region and beyond, the presentation will outline the components essential to a successful barn preservation effort -- committed volunteers with diverse areas of expertise; varied, engaging educational and outreach programs; corporate and private sponsorships; grant proposal development; and a documentation regime based on nearly 300 surveys of Adams County barns. The logistics and details of the survey itself, the resulting Adams County Barn Registry, and the myriad expressions of barn design throughout our rural landscape will be explored in an evening that is all about barns!
The Froelicher Legacy: Preserving a Watershed Landscape for Environmental Education in Adams County
Date: September 28, 2017
Location: Gettysburg - Harrisburg Area Community College Campus at 7:00pm
Check back soon for more details! In collaboration with Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve.
Farm Fields to Warehouses: Economic Development Along the I-81 Corridor
Date: October 5, 2017
Location: Renfew Institute - 1010 E Main St, Waynesboro, PA 17268 at 7:00pm
Check back soon for details! In collaboration with Renfew Institute and Shippensburg University.
RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER - Antique Buildings: The Historic Building Real Estate Market in Cumberland County
Date: November 14, 2017
Location: Cumberland County Historical Society - 21 N Pitt St, Carlisle, PA 17013 at 6:00pm
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 8% of the American housing market was built before 1920. Builders don't build like they used to - the craftsmanship used in early homes is unparalleled. Authentic architectural design features are reflective of a commitment to artistry and quality that has stood the test of time. Make sure that potential buyers know it. Like consumers looking for a new car or watch often stick with trusted, historic brands, the same holds true for many homebuyers looking for traditional craftsmanship. Although it doesn't have a brand name, it's called plaster walls, copper plumbing, slate roof, wooden trim, and tight-grained hardwood floors (Friedman, Robyn. "Rewards of Historic Preservation." Realtor Magazine, August 15, 2017). This makes historic homes and properties more rare, and frankly, more desirable worth more money to many individuals. What's more is that many historic properties have been update with modern amenities and luxuries. The oldest homes often have the most jaw dropping interiors, and younger buyers love when old meets new (Taylor, Meggen. "4 reasons buyers love historic homes- and how to market them." Inman, August 15, 2017). And don't forget about the energy efficiency. Historic home design was green! Passive solar home design was often incorporated into historic homes such as siting and orientation, thick walls, large operable windows and transoms, whole house fans, awnings, porches, and "stack effect" airflow ("How homes kept cool before the age of AC." Solar City, July 5, 2017 and Join us in November to learn more about Antique Buildings and the Historic Building Real Estate Market in Cumberland County. In collaboration with Preservation Pennsylvania and Cumberland County Historical Society.