8,000 Papers from Benjamin Franklin Now Available Digitally

The Library of Congress has made available its collection of Benjamin Franklin papers online. While transcribed versions have been available you can now see what the originals look like. While only a small portion of the available papers of Franklin, this is an important step in preserving and sharing the history of one of our countries great founding fathers. The majority of Franklins surviving papers are held by the American Philosophical Society and there are several other archives with significant holdings.

See an article discussing the papers here.

Visit the Library of Congress site to view the Franklin papers here.

You may learn more about the effort to publish Franklin’s papers by visiting the Yale University website here.


Volusia County Historic Preservation Board

I am proud to announce that I have been appointed to the Volusia County Historic Preservation Board.  I consider this appointment to be quite an honor and I look forward to working with fine group who are already on the Board.

The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) is appointed by the Volusia County Council to issue certificates of designation for eligible historic resources (structures, archaeological sites, and historic districts) and certificates of appropriateness for demolition, alteration, relocation and new construction.

The HPB advises the County Council on all matters related to historic preservation policy, including use, management and maintenance of county-owned historic resources.

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation 2016 Annual Conference

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation will be holding their 38th annual conference May 12-14, 2016 in Tallahassee, FL. For full information check their website here.

This conference will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

The 2016 conference will be held at the Hotel Duval The Hotel Duval is over 60 years old and is part of the Marriott brand. You may book your room now and conference registration will be available in January.

Crumbling Chicago Bank Turned into Amazing Facility

Historic preservation is dead, long live historic preservation!

Take a look at this amazing transformation of a crumbling Chicago bank building.


Theaster Gates and the Rebuild Foundation deserve tremendous praise for the work they are doing.