Summer Newsletter Update

Regretfully, I think I have to announce that there will not be a summer newsletter this year, due to lack of actual contributions. Generally, we have at least 12 articles, but this time there were only about 2. It seems like an extremely busy summer for everyone, which I completely understand. If there is interest, the summer issue can be pushed to the fall season, but otherwise the next issue will be winter. If you prefer a guest blog post, please let me know.

In the meantime, I will be spending time giving the website a well deserved, overdue spruce. Suggestions are welcome.

Newsletter Contributions: Second Call

first call:

This issue’s theme is Preservation Now. What is most important to you, the preservationist, right now? What are you studying? What are your work projects? What are related current events and trends that we should be considering in the preservation field?

Second call:

Reminder to all: start thinking about contributions for the next issue of the Preservation in Pink newsletter! Send in your articles, comments, photographs, drawings, suggestions by the end of June. If you have an idea you want to run by me, please do. If you haven’t contributed before but are interested in it, you are encouraged to contribute! Tell your friends, colleagues, etc.

Thank you!

Caring for and Recording Historic Buildings

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Want to read about bears, historic houses, and responsibilities? Of course. Read Melissa Celii’s article, “Teaching the Care of Historic Homes In Order to Maintain Value & Integrity” for her thoughtful discussion and possible solutions for those who are unable to afford the care of their historic houses. The article is filled with her usual wit and humor, and a lovely anecdote about bears. See pages 6-7.

What about houses in Scotland? Are you thinking of castles? In his article, “Architectural Audit of Aberdeen,” Jonathan Scott explains the conservation areas of place beyond castles, the towns and villages of Scotland and the project, the architectural audit, that is recording them. It’s similar but different to the United States preservation practices. Jonathan gives readers a good, short lesson in international preservation. See pages 8-9.

Preservation of Heirloom Seeds

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Taking historic preservation to another level, Jennifer Parsons writes about the preservation efforts for heirloom seeds. She discusses the importance of agricultural and seed diversity to our historic landscapes. Consider a historic house with a proper historic,heirloom seed garden.

Read Jennifer’s article, “Think Small in Your Preservation Efforts: Plant a Seed!” on pages 18-19.

Take a Preservation Vacation

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Going somewhere or do you just want to go somewhere? A handful of articles in the latest PiP Newsletter mention great places to visit.

Visit Hildene in Manchester, Vermont with Meghan Bezio (page 12)

Visit Oklahoma City with Maria Gissendanner (page 4)

Travel to Maine with Andrew Deci (page 5)

or take an amazing preservation service trip with Jamie Donahoe and Adventures in Preservation (page 14)

Have fun!

Cartoons & A Research Mystery

Preservation in Pink January 2010

How about beginning your reading with a story about historical research and a job that shows just how compelling historic preservation can be. Read “Discovering Dinah Mason White in Windsor, Vermont” by Heather Cox:

Dinah Mason White was thirty-two years old when she was sold as a slave to Judge Stephen Jacob of Windsor, Vermont in 1783 by Jotham White of Charleston, New Hampshire. She remained in the Jacob household—despite Vermont‘s anti- slavery Constitution—until 1800, when she was so sick, blind, and infirm that the judge allegedly threw her out of his house. With nowhere else to go and no other resources at her disposal, Dinah became a ward of the town…The story of Dinah and her troubles do not end there, unfortunately.

To continue reading, go to page 3 of the newsletter (link above).

Need something fun for a Monday? How about a preservation comic strip! Read The Amazing Adventures of Pip the Flamingo (page 19).

Latest PiP Newsletter – Hot Off the Press!

Presenting the long-awaited January 2010 edition of the Preservation in Pink newsletter!  Find the issue below, on the newsletter page, or through your email.  Click here to download and read: PreservationinPink_Jan2010. (It will open – a pdf – just give it a minute or email preservationinpink@gmail.com for your own copy.)

Thank you to all contributors. Readers, please share this newsletter with anyone you know who may enjoy it. Spread the preservation love. Once it’s open in your browser, you can feel free to save a copy to your computer.

Can’t read all 20 pages at once or don’t know where to start? Each blog post this week will feature a snippet from one or two articles with a link to the newsletter.

*Viewing tip: if you open it in Adobe Reader, choose  “View” — “Page Display” — “Two-up Continuous” for the best visual effect.

Enjoy! Please share thoughts, comments, and suggestions.

Creative Commons License: (click on the following for explanation) “Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States”

Newsletter Notes & Noteworthy Blogs

Newsletter Update: The January 2010 issue of Preservation in Pink will be posted here and emailed this Monday January 11.  It is filled with interesting, diverse articles, so be sure to check back for it. If you are not on the email list or for some reason cannot download the newsletter pdf, please email me at preservationinpink@gmail.com and I’ll gladly send it.

Noteworthy Blogs: Lucky for preservationists, there are new preservation related blogs popping up on the internet, all of which have their own style, interest, and flavor. Here are just a few that I read and perhaps may interest readers of Preservation in Pink:

My Own Time Machine: Buildings, Place, People & Things (an excellent, always interesting history, preservation-and-then-some blog by Philadelphia based preservationist Sabra Smith)

The Green Preservationist (sustainability, architecture, historic preservation & Chicago by Chicago based preservationist Carla Bruni)

The View From Here (loving historic houses, restorations, and the past by Linda Sunderland)

Looking Glass Antiques (finding antique treasures -often amazing photographs- and selling them to people who value them even more by fellow UVM student Brennan Gauthier)

Take a visit to these blogs and if you have others that you love, add them in the comments.

Article Reminder

To those writing articles for the December/January issue of Preservation in Pink, please start sending them to me. Your deadline is before Christmas (anytime before is fine) and after December 17th would be perfect. If you have a magnet already, I’ll come up with something else as a thank you/writing compensation.There is still room for some articles, so please consider it. To my fellow preservation bloggers out there – this includes you! Consider it another place to get on your soapbox (as long as you can back it up, of course).

Newsletter Deadline Update

To all who are contributing and/or considering contributing to the next issue of the newsletter,

Please note the change in deadline from December 15 to before Christmas. Many people are likely to be consumed by end of the semester exams and papers around December 15, and I do not want that to affect their ability to contribute. This issue might be more of a January 2010 than December 2009 issue, but hopefully that helps everyone interested. Let me know. If you have told me that you want to contribute but don’t know what to write, I will get back to you with ideas this week.

-Kaitlin