2023 Lancaster County Historic Preservation Summit


September 22


The Ware Center
42 N Prince Street
Lancaster, PA



Millersville's Ware Center

Millersville's Ware Center

The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County is excited to host our second annual Lancaster County Historic Preservation Summit for all members of local Lancaster County Municipalities and Historical Societies as well as members and friends of the Trust. The idea for the summit stemmed from the fact that our mission is to educate on the importance of historic preservation. We thought that a preservation summit would be a wonderful opportunity to bring together both local municipalities and historical societies, as well as members of the general public with interest in preservation, to educate them and figure out how we can all work together to save Lancaster County’s historic structures.

(Please note: Registration is required. Deadline to register is September 15 and is limited to the first 350 people.)

8:30-9AM – Check-in and Breakfast Reception

9AM – Adaptive Reuse of Outbuildings – Panel discussion – Dwight Yoder, Robert Sager, and Danielle Keperling

10AM – Architecture as Art, and Loving Where You Live – Blake Gifford

11AM – Lancaster County Barns – Elaine Bowman and Angela Stewart

12PM – Lunch on your own in downtown Lancaster

1PM – Laws, Taxes, and Zoning for Historic Preservation – Bucks County Community College

2PM – Historic Preservation Planning and Sustainability - Bucks County Community College

3PM – Preservation Ordinance Types in Pennsylvania – Frank Grumbine

4PM – KEYNOTE SPEAKER PRESENTATION - Community Outreach and Engagement – Chris Skelly (Keynote Speaker)

Chris Skelly served as the Director of Local Government Programs at the Massachusetts State Historic Preservation Office from 1997 to 2021, providing preservation planning guidance to over 400 local boards and commissions across the state. Today, as the founder of Skelly Preservation Services, he provides consultant services to local, regional and state governments on outreach and historic preservation planning. His particular interests include preservation commission training, community outreach strategies, design guidelines and preservation plans.

Chris’s presentation is titled: Community Outreach and Engagement

In order to protect historic resources, historic preservation efforts at the local level often focus energy on the passage of a preservation ordinance. This approach typically has limited success. The most successful historic preservation programs in the country have found that balance between community outreach programs and preservation ordinances, recognizing the value of both. This session will help you navigate what works for outreach and ordinances, considering the individual aspects of your community. Using a touch of humor and some reality checks along the way, we’ll consider the challenges of local preservation efforts, the solutions and how we maintain our focus as well as our sanity along the way.

5:30PM – Cocktail and Heavy Hors D’oeuvres Reception at the historic Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess house, home of the Trust, located at 123 N. Prince Street, one block from the Ware Center

Registration is closed for this year. Please join us again next year.

Thank you to our Sponsors!