Historic Preservation Trust Honors Lancaster Newspapers, Reporters and Volunteers

Historic preservation took center stage Tuesday, November 19, when special recognitions were presented to the Lancaster Newspapers, reporter and columnist Jack Brubaker and Historic Preservation of Lancaster County volunteers.

Jack Brubaker

Jack Brubaker

The Lancaster Newspapers and Jack Brubaker were recognized for journalistic excellence in covering historic preservation throughout Lancaster Country.  Lancaster Newspapers Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda accepted the award for Lancaster Newspapers. “Jack your three-part series on historic preservation in March was welcomed, well received and worthy of our praise.  The series coincided with our outreach to municipalities and others, and it continues to help us communicate the importance of historic preservation countywide,” said Lisa Horst, president of the Historic Preservation Trust Board of Directors.  “On behalf of the Historic Preservation Trust and all who believe in protecting Lancaster’s architectural heritage, thank you for the series and for your ongoing work as The Scribbler.”


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Chip Smedley

Horst went on to thank Lancaster Newspapers for its on-going coverage of historic preservation and for supporting the outstanding reporting of Brubaker and fellow journalist Chip Smedley, who was remembered for his investigative reporting as the Lancaster Intelligencer “Watchdog” columnist and as an advocate for historic preservation in Lancaster County.  Smedley passed away on November 1, 2013.




Volunteer of the Year recognitions went to Danielle Keperling and Cindy McVey – Keperling for her work on special events and McVey for her work on architectural survey updates.



Danielle Keperling

Keperling, as a member of the Preservation Trust Communications and Education Committee, has volunteered to ensure the success of the Gourmet Gala, architectural history tours and Preservation Trust education programs. Having worked in the construction industry since 2001, Keperling is the chief operating officer of Historic Restorations, a historic preservation and restoration company specializing in the restoration of 18th and 19th century buildings. She graduated from Eastern University with a MBA in management, and she is a founder of the Central Pennsylvania Preservation Society which works on joint education programs with the Historic Preservation Trust. Keperling and her father Chuck Groshong co-authored a recently released book on historic preservation – Preservation Primer, Volume 1: Avoid Common Mistakes that Cause Irreversible & Costly Damage to Your Historical Building’s Architectural Integrity.


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Cindy McVey

A member of the Preservation Trust’s Preservation Action Committee, McVey  has been active in organizing surveys that will eventually update information on historical properties across Lancaster County.  The Preservation Trust has more than 10,000 properties documented in its archives. McVey holds bachelor of science degrees in music education and music therapy from Elizabethtown College and a M.Ed in elementary education from The College Of New Jersey. As a professional violinist, she has performed with the Lancaster Symphony, York Symphony and Schuylkill Symphony Orchestras and currently performs with the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. She also is a boating safety instructor for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. McVey is the owner and operator  of Happy Mare Equine Sports Massage Therapy where she specializes in the  in the treatment of the thoroughbred race horse. In 2007 she had the distinction of treating and traveling with Triple Crown Contender, Hard Spun.


About the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County Founded in 1966 to “stem the rapid destruction of historic properties in Lancaster County,” the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County’s mission is to encourage and facilitate historic preservation throughout Lancaster County.  The Preservation Trust has been directly involved in preserving important Lancaster County landmarks and has provided advice, assistance and guidance in the protection of others.  The trust is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the historic Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House (1787) at 123 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster.  Visit www.hptrust.org for additional information.