Hello again, preservation enthusiasts and friends! It’s been almost two years since this blog was updated last, but we’re back and ready to share our research, documentation, and planning adventures with the world!
There’s been a lot of changes and exciting news over the past year in our department. We graduated our second class of MA-HP students in May 2013, and just got a new group of first years, our lovely and talented Class of 2015!
We moved back to our home on the third floor of Alison Hall, which has been renovated and is absolutely beautiful. We’re all very thrilled to have windows and such a nice workspace!
Project-wise, we’ve been extremely busy! Over the past two years, we have…
- Continued work on the White Clay Creek Dams project in Fall 2012’s Research Methods class, researching and presenting on several of the historic dams
- Progressed in our efforts at preserving and organizing the Delaware Board of Agriculture’s Hammond Collection through creating an organized reference database and rephotographing some of the images using a large format camera
- Conducted research and documentation at New Castle’s Penn Farm as the Class of 2013’s capstone project
- Carried out two separate projects in Delaware City: interviewing residents as part of an oral history project, and researching and documenting the Eastern Lock of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal
- Researched and produced measured drawings of historic properties such as Poplar Hall, the Jester-Day House, and the J.A. Bidderman Estate, throughout New Castle County through a partnership with MAHBS
- Surveyed diverse intrinsic quality sites throughout the state to assist DelDOT in developing a potential new Scenic and Historic Byway as part of their Delaware Byways program
That was just to catch you all up, but stay tuned for another post this week about what we’ve got in store this year!