Thursday, May 27, 2010

May is Historic Preservation Month!





Preservation Month ‘10

Our last Preservation Month lecture of 2010 is TONIGHT!

Join The Georgia Trust and Historic Preservation Division at Rhodes Hall for a lecture and book signing by John Cothran. Mr. Cothran’s lecture is entitled Landscapes and Historic Preservation Resources and is co-sponsored by The Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. All events are FREE and open to the public. Visit our website for more information.




Jim Cothran

Landscapes and Historic Preservation Resources

5:45 pm, Rhodes Hall, 1516 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309




Jim Cothran, Vice President of Robert and Company’s Planning and Landscape Architecture Studio in Atlanta, holds degrees from Clemson University, the University of Georgia, and Georgia Institute of Technology where his academic training included ornamental horticulture, landscape architecture, and city planning. In addition to his professional practice, Jim serves as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University and the University of Georgia where he teaches graduate classes on America’s historic gardens and cultural landscapes. Jim has served as past president and board member of the Southern Garden History Society.

This week's event is sponsored by:

The Cherokee Garden Library is an active resource center that collects educational and research material in the fields of gardening, landscape design, garden history, horticulture, floral design, botanical art, and ecology, with a specific focus on documenting the Southeastern region.

MISSION:
The Cherokee Garden Library provides exceptional service to the public; preserves and cares for its collections; acquires, through purchase and gift, historic and contemporary source materials on American gardening and its root sources; and presents relevant programming and exhibitions to the community.

If you missed it...

Podcasts of our Historic Preservation Month lecture series are available through Libsyn. Click here to be redirected.





Friday, May 21, 2010

May is Historic Preservation Month!

Last night, members of the community joined The Georgia Trust and the Historic Preservation Division at Rhodes Hall for a presentation on Preservation and Sustainability given by the President and CEO of The Georgia Trust, Mark McDonald. Interesting topics discussed by Mr. McDonald included evaluating the embodied energy of existing buildings, recognizing the benefits and increased popularity of living in historic in-town neighborhoods, and embracing new ideas and methods that are both sustainable and preservation-appropriate.

If you missed last night's presentation, or Dr. Cloues' May 6th presentation on the Split-Level House, podcasts are available here!

And don't worry, we still have several Preservation Month events left for you to enjoy!

  • Tomorrow, May 22nd: Join us for the Second Annual Uptown Rhodes Race 5k. This fun 5k begins and ends at Rhodes Hall, headquarters of The Georgia Trust, and takes racers through historic Atlanta neighborhoods. Presented by The Dewberry Foundation, this race is dog-friendly! Its not too late register or to volunteer. Click here for more information.

  • Just Added! Tuesday, May 25th: Come to Rhodes Hall for a presentation by Jordan Poole, Field Services Manager at The Georgia Trust. Mr. Poole's presentation will focus on Places in Peril and will provide all the information you need to know about nominating a endangered place to this annual list of the top 10 most endangered historic sites in Georgia. Come to hear updates on past Places and bring your questions for nominating to the 2011 list. More information is available here.

  • Thursday, May 27th: Our Preservation Month Lecture Series concludes with a lecture on Landscapes and Historic Preservation Resources presented by Jim Cothran, Vice President, Robert and Company, Landscape Architecture Studio. You won't want to miss this fabulous presentation co-sponsored by the Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. More information is available here.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

GaPA Thursday


End of Session Report

With much of this year’s legislative session focusing on revenue shortfalls and competing needs,GaPA chose to monitor budget requests and certain bills with relativity to historic preservation operations. To accomplish this, GaPA maintained a low profile and relied heavily on staff from the Department of Natural Resources to provide excellent and relevant information.

GaPA's official priority issue of 2010 was to “maintain current state funding levels for those state and federal programs that deliver critical preservation services in Georgia”. The following report is the result of the 2010 Legislative Session with particular attention paid to funding and a number of bills carrying potential effects to preservation programs and services.

Historic Preservation Division (HPD)

  1. Budget
    1. The cuts for SFY11 (starts July 1) are significant but manageable. Reductions were limited to line items and amounts in the Governor’s recommendation and an additional 3% required due to revised (reduced) revenue estimates that came out after the Governor developed his budget recommendation.

  1. Reductions
    1. a total of six positions have been eliminated.

    1. reduction of $75,000 in the contract funds for Regional Commission preservation planning.

    1. reduction of $13,500 in survey monies used to pay consultants.

Bills effecting the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

  1. All legislation important to DNR gained final approval, including several that may affect DNR or require additional administrative actions.
    1. HB 1055: Among other things, this bill alters the license plate fee system. Currently, drivers are charged a $25 annual tag fee, a $20 annual registration fee, and ad valorum tax. $22 of the annual tag fee goes into the HPD Heritage Grant fund.

Under the new system which will take effect July 1, 2010, drivers will pay a $25 manufacturing fee, a $35 special plate fee, and a $35 annual renewal fee. Of this, $22 of the special plate fee and $22 of the annual renewal fee go to the HPD Heritage Grants fund.

    1. HB 1199: Allows the Department of Natural Resources to establish a non-profit organization.

Other Bills of Potential Interest

a. HB 867: Creates a Commission on Regional Planning to identify issues, opportunities and funding for statewide services.

b. SB 206: Requires the state audit department to track revenue related to tax incentives.

c. SB 374: Creates a Legislative Economic Development Council to evaluate statewide economic development strategies.

Main Street

The Main Street contract with The Georgia Trust was funded at last year’s levels which still leaves a funding gap which must be paid by The Georgia Trust general revenues.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Member Spotlight

In this week’s Member Spotlight we honor the person who created this weekly blog series- our former Membership Manager, Lindsay Cronk.

Lindsay, a native of Indiana who came to Georgia to attend Agnes Scott College, joined The Georgia Trust staff in June 2008. She quickly diagnosed and remedied some major membership computer glitches that we were experiencing. With an impressively well-balanced blend of creativity and database knowledge, Lindsay proved to be an immeasurable asset to our organization.

Lindsay’s always chipper spirit and can-do attitude greatly enhanced our “Team Trust” dynamics. Likewise, Lindsay’s cheerfulness and friendliness during Rambles, Galas and membership events contributed to our guests’ overall experience.

We wish Lindsay luck and continued success at her new place of employment, the Piedmont Park Conservancy. We know that she, at the very least, will appreciate a much shorter bicycle ride to work during what is sure to be another hot summer in the ATL. Best wishes, Lindsay!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

May is Historic Preservation Month!



Thank you to all who joined us at Hay House last week to help celebrate Preservation Month in Macon. If you missed it last week, Mark McDonald’s presentation on Preservation and Sustainability will be given this Thursday in Atlanta at Rhodes Hall.

Visit our website for more information. All lecture events are Free and open to the public.


Mark C. McDonald


President and CEO of The Georgia Trust

Preservation & Sustainability

5:45 p.m., Rhodes Hall, 1516 Peachtree Street, NW,Atlanta,GA 30309



Mark C. McDonald is the President and CEO of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Mark C. McDonald has over 25 years of professional involvement in historic preservation and a strong business background. He has served as the executive director for three preservation organizations in the Southeast, including the Historic Salisbury Foundation in North Carolina from 1986-1990, the Mobile Historic Development Commission in Mobile, Alabama from 1990-1998 and most recently, Historic Savannah Foundation from 1998-2008.

This week’s event is co-sponsored by:

AIA Atlanta and The Georgia Conservancy’s Generation Green




Founded in 1906, the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a dynamic and diverse professional organization of approximately 1,700 members. AIA Atlanta provides advocacy and service to its members and community from grade school through retirement. Members enjoy a broad array of benefits at the local, state and national levels of our organization. We also enjoy great fellowship, world-class resources and industry-leading continuing education offerings focusing on sustainability, practice issues and technology. AIA Atlanta brings leadership to the built environment.


A program of the Georgia Conservancy, Generation Green creates an exciting and inclusive opportunity for the next generation of environmental leaders to protect and enjoy Georgia's environment through educational, social and service events. Generation Green is a group of Georgia Conservancy members and perspective members interested in service projects, adventure trips and social networking activities in and around metro Atlanta. Generation Green is led by a volunteer board of men and women poised to become the next generation of environmental and business leaders in Atlanta and beyond.

Also on Thursday evening:

We will announcement of the recipient of the 2010 Elizabeth Lyon Fellowship!

**And don’t forget about the 2nd Annual Uptown Rhodes Race this Saturday! There are just a few days left to register for this fun event.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Member Spotlight

Morris Brown College is on The Georgia Trust's 2010 Places in Peril list. This historic college, located in Atlanta, was founded in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. One of its main buildings, Fountain Hall, is a National Historic Landmark. Many of the buildings on its campus are historically significant and close to the hearts of its numerous alumni. Nonetheless, like so many small liberal arts colleges, Morris Brown has endured its share of financial struggles. As the school is working to overcome these struggles and embrace its future, acting president Dr. Stanley Pritchett has not let the rich history of Morris Brown and its campus buildings be overlooked.

On Saturday, May 8th, Dr. Pritchett was joined by Morris Brown students, alumni and staff, as well as members of the community and members of The Georgia Trust, its staff and its board for a site work day. Over fifty people showed up to do preventive maintenance and help mothball unused campus buildings. The workday proved successful in not only accomplishing the tasks at hand, but also in raising awareness of this significant historic campus and the threats it faces.

You can learn more about Morris Brown College as a Place in Peril on our website, and more about the school, including how you can contribute, at http://www.morrisbrown.edu/.

If you are interested getting involved with Places in Peril, our next workday is scheduled for June 4th at Paradise Gardens. Click here for details.

And don’t forget, the postmark deadline for 2011 Places in Peril nominations is June 28th. If you know of a threatened historic building or site in Georgia, click here for information on making a nomination.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May is Historic Preservation Month!





Old is the New Green

This Week's Preservation Month lecture travels to Macon!

Please join us at the Hay House for what is sure to be an interesting lecture about Preservation and Sustainability presented by Mark McDonald, President and CEO of The Georgia Trust.

Visit our website for more information and to RSVP for the event: Preservation Month Events. All lecture events are free and open to the public.

Mark C. McDonald


President and CEO of The Georgia Trust

Preservation and Sustainability

May 13, 5:45 pm, Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave., Macon, GA 31201

Mark C. McDonald is the President and CEO of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Mr. McDonald has over 25 years of professional involvement in historic preservation and a strong business background. He has served as the executive director for three preservation organizations in the Southeast, including the Historic Salisbury Foundation in North Carolina from 1986-1990, the Mobile Historic Development Commission in Mobile, Alabama from 1990-1998 and most recently, Historic Savannah Foundation from 1998-2008.

This Event is Co-Sponsored by

Historic Macon Foundation's vision is to lead Middle Georgia as the premier preservation organization. Our Mission is to advocate for Macon’s historic and architectural heritage, to facilitate preservation efforts in our community, and to educate and inspire appreciation for our unique city. Imagine: tomorrow’s lifestyle in yesterday’s places.


The Historic Preservation Month lecture series is presented jointly by The Georgia Trust and the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Natural Resources. Contact Kate Ryan at The Georgia Trust or Leigh Burns at Historic Preservation Division for more information.