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Speaker Series

Hosted by:
Howard Sundwall, Director of Uptown! Speaker Series

Tuesday, June 20, 6:30pm

Preserving the best of Pennsylvania’s Heritage and Beauty

Mindy Crawford, executive director of Preservation Pennsylvania, will describe her organization’s extraordinary efforts to preserve the best of Pennsylvania’s rich historical heritage. Next, you’ll hear the behind-the-scenes details of the miraculous transformation of an unused armory building into a bustling center for enrichment offering live theater, music, dance, film and other local events.  Preservation Pennsylvania Board Advisory Board member and U!EA Board member A. Roy Smith will describe how the shared vision of four people almost a decade ago became a reality — from the building’s remarkable history to the creative thinking that went into financing its transformation.

Mindy Crawford is the Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth’s only statewide, private non-profit dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant resources.  Mindy has worked in the field of historic preservation for 35 years, currently as the Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania since June 2006 and prior to that as Executive Director of Historic York, Inc.  . She holds a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College.  She also serves on the Board of Main Street Hanover and as Treasurer of the Lincoln Highway Association, Pennsylvania Chapter.

Roy Smith, a West Chester resident for nearly thirty years, has been involved in various aspects of the historic preservation movement locally, statewide and nationally for over forty years.  A past Treasurer and President of the Board of Preservation Pennsylvania, he now serves on its Board of Advisors. In addition, he is on the Board of Preservation Action, the national preservation lobbying organization, the President Action Foundation, the West Chester Downtown Foundation, and an Emeritus Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  He is currently the Treasurer of the Uptown! Entertainment Alliance and a member manager of the Uptown! Bravo Theatre, LLC.

Future Speakers:

7/18/17 – Molly Morrison – Conservation
9/19/17 – Matt Kerbel – Politics
10/17/17 – Liz & Eric Tankel – Addiction