August 2013 E-Newsletter
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Expert Coming to Morgantown for PAWV Mini-Conference

We are pleased to announce that Donovan Rypkema will be a workshop instructor at the 2013 Statewide Historic Preservation Mini-Conference to be held in Morgantown, September 20-21, 2013.   Rypkema will bring a fresh voice and extensive experience to how historic preservation can address the many economic development and revitalization challenges West Virginia faces.  Government officials, developers, and planners are encouraged to attend, as are historic preservationists, architects, and community citizens.  Read more...

Historic Preservation Student Essay Contest

We are thrilled to announce our first Statewide Historic Preservation Essay Competition for West Virginia’s 8th grade students.  This year’s competition and scholarships are sponsored through a generous grant from CONSOL Energy.  The theme is Endangered Historic Properties in Your Community.

All 8th grade students are invited to submit an essay with photos identifying a historic endangered property in their community or county. 

First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive a scholarship from CONSOL Energy and be invited to present a brief PowerPoint presentation during the annual Historic Preservation Awards Banquet in September 2014 (date to be announced) in Huntington, WV.  

For guidelines, deadline, and more information, visit

Up-coming PAWV Workshop

Field Services Representative, Lynn Stasick, and historic preservation expert, Phil Davis, will present a Historic Window Rehabilitation and Weatherization Workshop beginning at 10 A.M. on Saturday, August 17, at the historic Ananias Pitsenbarger Farm in Franklin, Pendleton County, WV.  Participants will not only learn preservation skills to rehabilitate and weatherize historic windows, but they also will engage in actual preservation work by practicing these techniques on hand-made windows original to log structures on the historic farmstead.  Registration fee for the workshop is $35, and lunch will be provided.  Overnight accommodations and breakfast for out-of-town travelers are available at the farmstead for $50. 

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Teresa Munn at 304-358-7034 or email

Learn more about the workshop HERE.

Congrats to the WV Botanic Gardens!

A must-see stop during the PAWV Mini-Conference

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the West Virginia Botanic Garden, Inc., is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for “No More Wiggle-Tail Water:” Interpreting the History of Morgantown’s Water Supply.”  The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

The award recognizes the eight interpretive signs that were erected in the Spring of 2012 and related programming to tell the story of Morgantown’s early water supply, especially focused on the resources at the West Virginia Botanic Garden. The Botanic Garden located at 1061 Tyrone Road in Morgantown includes the now-drained reservoir that supplied water to Morgantown from 1912 to 1969 as well as the land protecting the reservoir basin.  Read on...

We are still accepting applications for the PreserveWV AmeriCorps program.  Learn how to apply HERE!

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