Heritage Consulting Inc. Project Wins 2011 Preservation Achievement Award
The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia announced the winners for their prestigious Preservation Achievement Awards on February 24, and we were delighted to learn that Heritage Consulting Inc.’s yearlong project for the Delaware County (PA) Planning Department, the Delaware County Public History Feasibility Study and Implementation Plan, has won a Grand Jury Award. Plan Philly wrote about the awards this past week.
This annual award will be presentation at the 2011 Preservation Achievement Awards Luncheon on Tuesday May 17, 2011 at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building. Our superb clients Jill Hall, Beverlee Barnes and John Pickett of Delaware County Planning Department, will be on hand to share this award with us.
The Grand Jury Award to the Delaware County Public History Feasibility Study and Implementation Plan for the Delaware County Planning Department was the only Delaware County Preservation Achievement award winner this year.
About the project
The goal of the Delaware County Public History Project was to determine how to best remedy the underutilized nature of historical organizations throughout the County and determine how these entities can better cooperate and coordinate efforts to present a more inclusive interpretation of our history that reflects all periods, peoples and geographic portions of the county. An additional goal is to preserve the County’s irreplaceable public historic resources, make history available to the public as an educational tool with better efficiency and success and help foster revitalization.
In order to achieve this goal the study identified six outcomes:
- assist communities in strengthening their local historical organizations’ ability to communicate their heritage to the public;
- promote scholarly research that would include more inclusive interpretation;
- seek funding to develop new scholarship, programming, educational models, and digitally based mediums;
- better integrate local history into school curricula; and
- better, present the county’s history as an economic draw for heritage tourism.
The Final Report for this project is available here. Public History Report This report contains all of our recommendations. All of the appendix materials are here. Public History Report-Appendices You can read all of the survey and focus group responses as well as see the PowerPoint presentations for the three public meetings in this document.
The Delaware County Historic and Preservation Network (www.dchpn.org) is coordinating implementation activities.
About the Alliance
The Alliance’s Preservation Achievement Awards luncheon, celebrated every May during Preservation Month, is an annual celebration of the individuals, organizations, businesses and projects that exemplify outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation throughout the region. The annual luncheon is the largest gathering of preservationists in the region.
About Heritage Consulting Inc.
Heritage Consulting Inc. is a Philadelphia-based consulting firm that works nationwide in three practice areas: downtown and commercial district revitalization, historic preservation and nonprofit organizational development. The firm’s mission is to assist citizen groups and government agencies to preserve cherished landmark buildings and downtown districts and to develop training programs to ensure the growth of high performing nonprofit heritage organizations to manage and sustain them. To learn more, visit our web site www.heritageconsutlinginc.com.