Preservation Pennsylvania Announces Eight Sites Chosen for Pennsylvania at Risk 2015

Read the descriptions of the sites here.  There is also an excellent, and quick overview, of the fate of 200+ sites since 1992. I would propose that that assessment overview of what happens to threatened historical properties is pretty much relevant not only to sites in Pennsylvania but to sites in other states, including Maryland and Virginia.
C.T. Evans

2016 Archaeology Field School at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

From Liza Gijanto
I am writing in regards to the 2016 Archaeology Field School offered by the Department of Anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  This summer we will be investigating the great house and surrounding outbuildings of the 17th and 18th century plantation of West Ashcom on the Pautuxant River.  Here’s the link for more information.

Updated History of Reston Documentary Film to Be Shown

The Reston Community Center (RCC) and Reston Historic Trust and Museum are showing the documentary film Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA–sold out at the Reston Community Center on 19 November 2015.  This is an edited and expanded version of the film.  See the note about the film in the Fairfax County Times and watch the trailer.

George Mason University Mapathon Coming Up

This looks like a really interesting event and gives you a chance to work with digital mapping tools, a great tool for a historian or preservationist.

George Mason University, Exploratory Hall
Friday, November 20, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

On Friday, November 20th, George Mason University’s Geography and Geoinformation Department will host a Mapathon where mappers will choose from various impactful mapping projects that create open data to help the humanitarian and development community. We will be able to share the work we accomplish and look at each other’s mapping contribution. The mapping events are supported by Missing Maps, NOVA Community College ASPRS club, George Mason University ASPRS club, Peace Corps, National Geographic, and MapGive.

4:00 – 5:00pm Kick-off – Let’s map: Hear about all the cool mapping projects you can choose from. Beginner mappers will receive training. There will also be a room dedicated to advanced training using JOSM mapping editor.
5:00 – 5:30pm Food break
6:00 – 8:00pm Mo Mapping!

You do not need a laptop or a mouse because we have reserved computer labs. We just need your enthusiasm!

No! You do not need any previous experience. If you have time before you come, and you are new to mapping via OpenStreetMap, please have a look at the training videos here. We will also have volunteers ready to help you.

Please choose the appropriate ticket to this event that matches your skill level so we can plan our training more effectively!

The event will be held on the 2nd floor of Exploratory Hall (Room 2301) at George Mason University Fairfax campus in Virginia. Visitor parking is available on the lowest level of the Shenandoah Parking Deck (about $10). Once you enter the building from the main level/first floor you will see a sign directing you to the second floor registration table where you can get your name badges and be guided to the computer labs.

Get yourself an eventbrite ticket for the event.

If you have any trouble registering for the event, or would like more information, please contact Janice Ouellette,