Your February
Preservation To-Do List
Until February 7
Nominations Open for 2020 Preservation Achievement Awards
Presented by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
Each year we recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses for projects throughout the region which exemplify outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation. 

The Preservation Alliance is keeping this tradition alive and we need your help!

Know someone exemplary? Were you inspired by a recent project? Nominate them!

Until February 3
Early Bird Discount for Building Philadelphia Speaker Series
Architecture, History, & Politics March 2 -- April 1 @ National Park Service Theater, Independence Mall
Not an Alliance Member? Be sure to grab this $25 discount on our Building Philadelphia Speaker Series before it ends February 3.

Register now for this popular series of 10 evening lectures. Renowned local architects, urban planners, curators, and historians explore the political, economic, and design trends that drove Philadelphia's development. Topics this year include the 1854 Act of Consolidation, the creation of Fairmount Park, urban renewal of Society Hill, Philadelphia's industrial history, and our world-class collection of architectural styles.

February 5 | 6:30 PM
Book Discussion: 'Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America'
Presented by the East Falls Historical Society
David Young will speak on his new book Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America . David Young’s book is not so much about the history of Germantown as it is about the histories of Germantown and the connections, or lack of connections, between its residents and its past.

The program is free and open to everyone; no registration is needed. Refreshment will be served. The Society meeting will begin at 6 pm, the program at 6:30.

Falls of Schuylkill Library
3501 Midvale Ave

February 5 | 7:00 -- 8:30 PM
The Archaeology
of the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia Burial Ground
Presented by Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church

The historic burial ground of the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia was uncovered in the winter of 2016-2017 during development of an urban lot in downtown Philadelphia.

Burial records indicate its use from ca. 1707-1859. Approximately 500 remains and associated funerary goods were recovered from the archaeological excavations.

George Leader will discuss the most recent research being conducted before the remains are to be reinterred in 2023. This free lecture will take place in the church sanctuary followed by a reception in Riverside Hall with live music by The Jazz Sanctuary.

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church
916 S. Swanson Street

February 5 | 10:00 AM
Olympia’s Commissioning Celebration
Presented by the Independence Seaport Museum

Celebrate Olympia’s commissioning anniversary with free admission to Olympia as well as Submarine Becuna and the Museum. Climb aboard for guided tours every hour starting at 11 a.m. plus have a chance to ring Olympia’s bell at 1:25 p.m. Warm up with free hot chocolate (while supplies last). Imagine the life of a sailor by testing your knot-tying skills, lie in a hammock similar to those the crew slept in, and try to fit all of your belongings in a ditty box while you’re aboard.

Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus BLVD
February 6 | 8:00 AM
Balancing New with the Old: Renovation, New Construction & Adaptive Reuse
Presented by the Design Advocacy Group

Ken Weinstein, President of Philly Office Retail and Founder of Jumpstart Germantown and Jumpstart Philly, will discuss current and future projects focusing on how he, and other developers, can reuse, renovate and redevelop; growing the local economy while strengthening our neighborhoods.

Ken will touch on new incentives for historically designated properties, changes to the City's Real Estate tax abatement program, and the Jumpstart model.

Center for Architecture + Design
1218 Arch Street

February 11 | 7:00 -- 9:00 PM
Look Up: Spotting Terra Cotta Treasures
Karen Singer Tileworks Inc., and Mt. Airy Learning Tree

Explore the unnoticed details on buildings we pass every day.

Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill's buildings house many delightful sculptural details that most people never see.

We'll focus a spotlight on them and explain the techniques behind how they were made.

Karen Singer Tile Works
90 E. Church Lane
February 12 | 6:30 PM
Fact, Folklore, and the Legacy of the Underground Railroad
Presented by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The Underground Railroad continues to influence our nation’s history and culture. Yet, the realities of the Underground Railroad are often conflated with myth, folklore, and legend.

This event will feature a panel discussion on the myths surrounding the Underground Railroad, as well as a discussion of the Underground Railroad’s continued presence in American memory, media, and culture.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street

February 12 & 26 | 7:00 PM
Historic Mount Airy Discussion Series
Presented by the Mount Airy CDC

This free series is presented by Mt. Airy CDC, Community Acupuncture of Mt. Airy, East Mt. Airy Neighbors, and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.

On Feb. 12th Oscar Beisert, preservationist who served on the Mayor’s Historic Preservation Task Force, will provide an overview of the state of preservation in Philadelphia, and turn an eye specifically to Mt. Airy and Northwest Philadelphia.

On Feb. 26th, Cliveden Preservation Director Libbie Hawes will lead a workshop on what we as citizens can do to add landmarks to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, preventing their removal from the landscape.

Lovett Memorial Library
6945 Germantown Ave.
February 20 -- 21
Surface Effects: Architectural Tile & Terrazzo and its Conservation
Presented by University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design

This two-day symposium and workshop will explore the history, design, and conservation of architectural tile and terrazzo.

AIA Continuing Education credits are available for both the symposium and workshop components of this event.

The Stuart Weitzman School of Design
210 South 34th Street
February 24 | 6:30 PM
UNDERGROUND PHILADELPHIA: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit
The Warminster Historical Society

Philadelphia’s relationship with the underground is as old as the city itself, dating back to when Quaker settlers resided in caves alongside the Delaware River more than three hundred years ago.

Join authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak as they reveal the curious aspects of the Quaker City’s underground experience.

Warminster Free Library
1076 Emma Lane

February 26
Continuing Education in Historic Preservation
Presented by MARCH (Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities), Rutgers University-Camden

A series of continuing ed courses focusing on historic preservation research, planning, and materials best practices. The first 10-week course, "Materials and Techniques for Historic Restoration and Rehabilitation," begins February 26.

Rutgers-Camden Campus

February 27 | 8:30 -- 10:00 AM
Alliance Breakfast Seminar: Preservation Zoning Reform in Philadelphia
Presented by the Preservation Alliance
Philadelphia’s zoning code has recently been amended and changes favorable to the adaptive re-use of historic buildings are now in effect.

Join us on February 27 for a panel discussion on these modifications and other possible preservation-sensitive changes to Philadelphia’s zoning code and preservation ordinance. 
The Bellevue
200 S. Broad Street

February 28 | 5:30 -- 8:30 PM
Jane Austin Night at the Woodlands
Presented by the Woodlands Cemetery

Celebrate Jane Austen in the Classical Hamilton Mansion. Be inspired and learn Regency dancing with the Germantown Country Dancers, and enjoy seasonal treats and drinks.
As a member of the revolutionary era “Philadelphia Dancing Assembly,” our own William Hamilton found many evenings of entertainment in this dance-based social club. We’re bringing the tradition of dance back to his stately mansion.

The Woodlands Cemetery
4000 Woodland Ave
February 29 | 8:00 AM
Members Only Hard Hat Tour Aboard the USS Olympia
Presented by the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance

Join the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance and Independence Seaport Museum for a unique behind-the-scenes tour of Cruiser Olympia. 

Explore the depths of Olympia and more than 12 areas of the warship normally only reserved for staff. Learn about Olympia’s technical details (did you know she was one of the first ships to have a radio communications system installed?), what life was like aboard for her crew, and more.  

Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd

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