In recent preservation news is the activity of Preservation Pennsylvania. Preservation Pennsylvania is a private organization that solicits funds to preserve and protect Pennsylvania places. Preservation Pennsylvania, in collaboration with Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds, is pleased to announce their pilot project, the Pennsylvania African American Cemetery Stewards Network, has been selected to receive grant funding from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The program will offer cemetery stewards site-specific preservation plans, financial advice, and direct support for site conservation and planning for future work.
Barry Rudel, Chief Executive of the Jewish cemetery Burial Association of Greater Pittsburgh send us a link to their wonderful project taking you on a video tour of the cemeteries under the care of their association. Combined with the records located at the Heinz History Center this makes an integrated tribute to the Jewish legacy and heritage in western Pennsylvania. See for yourself (copy and paste into your browser.) http://vimeo.com/showcase/jcba.
Finally, we have seen the press release from Saving Our Ancestors Legacy (SOAL). SOAL will be partnering with Messiah University and Harrisburg University to use photogrammetry to create a 3D story map of Harrisburg’s oldest, extant, historically Black Cemetery: Lincoln Cemetery. By combining the use of drones to take many pictures of each gravestone in Lincoln Cemetery, historic aerial photographs, GIS data, the historic hand-drawn cemetery maps, SOAL Restoration Weekend photos, transcribed gravestone text, and maybe even Lincoln Cemetery genealogical research, we will be well on our way to setting the groundwork for using a new technology to preserve a Black Cemetery!