What is with all of the flamingos?  Read an article from Issue 1, May 2007 to find out how all of the madness began or view this post: Why Do All Preservationists Love Flamingos?


That's me, Kaitlin, and my kitten Izzy who loves my laptop and preservation work.

Preservation in Pink began in 2007 when I realized how much I missed the constant, diverse conversation of historic preservation related topics with my Mary Washington classmates.  Our best conversations occurred during late night study sessions or all nighters in the drafting lab. This was when we could connect anything to historic preservation and we devised theories and dreams about saving the world.

I believe that once we get out of school and our safe haven for ideas, it is sometimes hard to keep the same spark alive for our love of preservation.  Therefore, a casual, reconnecting newsletter is what we all need to stay positive, inspired, and just silly enough to be okay with a field that is always an uphill battle.  It was the “coffee chats” that kept us so enthusiastic about historic preservation. I hope that Preservation in Pink will be able to replace the coffee chats since my classmates and I are scattered all over the world.

Preservation in Pink’s primary purpose is to encourage communication between preservationists, whether on serious issues or tangential topics.  The secondary purpose is advocacy via education:  to present preservation to the public as an approachable, applicable subject.  The daily blog topics range from current events to personal essays to flamingo related thoughts to travel topics to preservation resources and much more.  Occasionally guest authors contribute to the blog. The biannual newsletter is what began the blog and issues incorporate articles and essays from authors listed on the contributors page. The newsletter is currently on hiatus, but could begin again if there is interest. For now, all of the effort goes into the blog.

Preservation in Pink involves historic preservation, architecture, roadside America, travel, archaeology, planning and development, theories, community life, flamingos, coffee, museum studies, material culture, and much more. If you love historic preservation or just want to find out more about it, send me an email, an article, a photo.  Get involved! Ask a question!  Help us improve quality of life by preserving the past for the future.

As Preservation in Pink grows, in terms of readers and contributors, I hope everyone comes to find it as a useful resource and medium, whether you are brand new to preservation or a seasoned field worker.  Everyone is always encouraged and welcome to contribute. Please use this whether for fun or a place for resources from fellow preservation folks or in any way that fits your interests.

Thanks for stopping by!

– Kaitlin O’Shea

Please Note: The opinions expressed on Preservation in Pink are the opinions of the authors and contributors themselves and do not necessarily reflect the organizations for which they work and/or are associated with nor do they reflect the opinions of every contributor on this site or colleague.  Photographs: Unless otherwise noted, photographs were taken by and belong to Kaitlin O’Shea.

48 thoughts on “About

  1. Donna Stroble says:

    I live with and take care of my 96 year old Grandmother in a farm house that was built in 1874. My family is not interested in keeping it up and I am so sad because there is alot of history here. I will try to give you the short story. Mathias Deihl torn down the old brick house that stood on this very spot and built the one I am living in. The old brick house was an Inn during the Revolutionary War, and the main road went right in front of this house down to the ford in the river. The barn was saved from Sheridan’s burning by Mary Deihl. You can read an account of it in The Burning by John Heatwole. But it fell down in 1999. I have always wondered if this place was worth saving. Also I have been looking for a picture of the old brick mansion to no avail. I hope you find this interesting, I tell the stories to any one that we listen. A lot of this information comes from the Deihl history book and my Grandmother.

  2. Kaitlin says:

    Sabra and Jamie, thank you for the comments! I’m glad you enjoy Preservation in Pink. Let me know if there is something you’d like to read, see, or contribute!

  3. Aaron Marcavitch says:

    Ok – well, I guess I missed this site somehow…geez…fantastic stuff, agree completely with the sentiment that we dont talk about it with a passion once we get out of school. Glad to see you are in New England. If you haven’t seen them, take a look at the Young Preservationists of Pittsburgh – thats another group with passion. Keep it up, wish I had time to blog (or anything interesting to say…)

  4. Catherine says:

    I found this blog when I first started HISP at UMW and I love your enthusiasm! It always gets me excited about pursuing my career in preservation.

  5. J. Mark Souther says:

    Nice concept and content – and yes, I do like flamingos. I’ll follow your blog and twitter feed now that I’ve discovered your site. It’s of direct interest on several levels. I spend a good deal of time thinking about sense of place in both my teaching, research, and public history work in Cleveland, Ohio, ranging from writing about tourism, preservation, and urban revitalization to a National Register nomination to co-directing the Cleveland Historical mobile app (http://clevelandhistorical.org). You might like to check out the app as a tool for re-imagining place (especially to overcome negative aspects of sense of place. You might also enjoy my new book American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition (http://americantourismbook.com), which is all about placemaking efforts.

  6. Sherry Kepp says:

    Hi Kaitlin, Love your blog! and wondered if I could get some advise? I am 47 years old and I’m tossing around the idea of going back to school. Old houses, building and locations bring a joy to me that nothing else can touch and I would love to become a Preservationist! I have come to a time in my life where all of my children are grown and gone and marriages have come and gone. I finally have time in my life for me, but wonder if it might be too late to start into this field? I know four years of collage is involved and that’s a little scary after all this time, but I think I would commit to it better now than I could have before. Please from one who knows, what are your honest thoughts? And by the way….I love those pink beauties!


  7. Naomi says:

    Great blog! I’m not a preservationist, but a librarian who took an archival course and would much rather fix than buy new. I’m enjoying your posts and look forward to reading more.

  8. Paul says:

    Hi Kaitlin,
    Do you ever talk about rehab loans for older homes like these? Love your site. I am orignally from NC and now live in PA where rehabing older and historic homes can be common since there are so many.

    • Kaitlin says:

      Hi Paul. I have not mentioned rehab loans yet — tax credits a bit. If you have specific information that would be relevant to historic homeowners, let me know. Thanks for reading!

  9. inspiredmystic says:

    This is such a neat idea. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, so I am very interested in this. I think this is great! Thanks!

  10. cevminneapolis says:

    This is a great blog! I’m just starting my masters in Historic Preservation with Boston Architectural College. I started a blog to write about Minnesota (where I am from) and my Historic Preservation adventures. I’d love it if you’d stop by and check it out!! :)

  11. gardentourist says:

    Hi! I’ve just landed here… am I dreaming? Wonderful blog, still alive and kicking even after many years (ok, it’s all about preservations, could it be otherwise?!): compliments! I’m interested in garden history and culture, and I’m sure I’ll find here a lot of inspiration here. See you!

  12. Simple Northern Life says:

    Great cause and I will be following preservation is extremely important can not imagine the Twin Cities without the historical beauty and any town or city in Minnesota should follow a code of preservation it gives our great state flavor.

  13. Dambreaker says:

    I always enjoy finding blogs with purpose.

    I lived in the New England area for a short time in 2008. I had been all over the place and visited different areas. With the exception of Vermont. I did drive through it, but did not stop to say that I was “there” and from My desire to say that I’ve been to all 50 states and living in that area, I inexplicably missed Vermont somehow. And then I moved away. Vermont still eludes.

    This was a most excellent find today!! Glad I took the time to look about.

  14. BoKnowsMortgages says:

    Kaitlin, hope all is well. Enjoyed reading your ABOUT. me! Like yourself I too am a preservationists but for residential homes. I believe a Green Home is an already existing home it just needs a makeover. That is where I come in with our programs and we close many of them in many states. So your blog interested me because we share the same ideas. Adios.

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