Thursday, March 4, 2010

Historic Preservation is Good For Delaware!

Next Tuesday, March 9, at 2 pm, Governor Markell is holding a press conference in front of the Queen Theater at 500 Market Street in Wilmington to announce his support for the reauthorization of the Delaware Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program.

Since 2001, the program's $34 million in tax credits have helped rehabilitate 75 buildings, generated more than $166 million in private investment, and yielded almost $90 million in household income.

Now is an excellent time to contact your state representatives to let them know that you support the reauthorization of the Delaware HIstoric Preservation Tax Credit Program.

For more information about the impact of this program on Delaware, check out the two new reports that are available on the State Historic Preservation Office website here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

President Proposes Termination of Two National Preservation Programs

In his new budget proposal to Congress, President Obama has called for the termination of the Save America's Treasures and Preserve America programs.

Save America's Treasures has helped preserved three major New Castle buildings: The New Castle Court House, The George Read II House, and the Bellanca Service Hanger on Rt. 273.

Elsewhere in Delaware it has funded the preservation of the Grand Opera House, the Smyrna Opera House, Gibralter, the Lewes Maritime Park, the Overfalls Lightship, & Andrew Wyeth paintings.

Preserve America promotes tourism in historic communities. Delaware communities that have benefited from the Preserve America program include Dover, Milton, and Lewes.

To read more about these budget cuts, take a look at this entry from the NationalTrust's PreservationNation blog.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Promoting Historic Windows

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is doing alot of work to publicize the many benefits of keeping historic windows in place rather than replacing them. Follow the link below to see a nice piece that aired on the local Fox News show in Washington DC earlier this month.

Historic Windows Get Some Love...

Saturday, January 9, 2010

240 Year Old Tree

I came across a great story about one man's 50-year fight to keep an historic elm tree alive against all odds in Yarmouth, Maine.

Check out the story at here.


Window Workshop - January 23

In October, the New Castle Community History and Archaeology Program (NCCHAP) sponsored a window repair workshop at the Read House. The workshop, through demonstration and commentary, focused on removing sashes as well as general historic repair issues.

On January 23, 2010 from 9:45 to 11:45 am, NCCHAP will sponsor a follow-up workshop at the Read House to demonstrate window sash reinstallation.

During the workshop, Save America's Treasure's project carpenters will reinstall the sahses of the facade Palladian window, the most monumental in the house. The reinstallation process will be explained step by step, and participants will be able to ask questions about thye repair and reinstallation of their own historic windows.

Workshop admission is free, but space is limited, so reservations are necessary. Please contact Read House director Michele Anstine at 302-295-1002 or to reserve your space today!


For more information about preserving historic windows, check out John Leeke's great website, Historic Home Works. John has a lot of resources available including articles, videos, restoration reports and a forum to share solutions. His website is

Thanksfor the info John!