Free Workshop: Building Detective: Discovering the History of Your House
On Saturday, March 21 from 10 am to noon, Progress Through Preservation of Greater Akron will offer a program on researching the history of houses. Architectural historian Petra Knapp will discuss how to identify architectural styles, Akron-Summit County Public Library Special Collections Manager Judy James will share resources available at the library and the Summit County Fiscal Office, and University of Akron Archival Services Director Vic Fleischer will discuss useful government records and other collections held by Archival Services. This free workshop will be held at Preservation House, 2074 West Market Street at White Pond in Akron. Light refreshments will be served.
CHANGES FOR 2015
The Board and members of PTP look forward to 2015 with a renewed focus on our mission. At our annual meeting on January 26, members of PTP approved revised by-laws, elected new board members, and changed our name from Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron to Progress Through Preservation of Greater Akron. We are especially grateful for our newly elected board members who bring a range of experience and expertise to our organization. Welcome to the newest members of our board:
Douglas Hausknecht is Associate Professor of Marketing at The University of Akron. Doug is a member
of Leadership Akron, Class XXIII. He has served on the boards of many not‐for‐profit groups, including
Akron Rotary Club (president) and the Akron Board of Global Ties. His involvement with the Cascade
Locks Park Association extends back about thirty years.
Denise Lundell is a life‐long Akron resident whose career has included for‐profit as well
as not‐for‐profit businesses. Her love for Akron’s rich history and architectural
heritage developed at a young age when her family owned Auld Farm, the Raymond
mansion that stood until 1969 at the intersection of Copley Road and Diagonal
Road. She holds degrees in both Art History and Marketing and Retail Sales.
Theodore Mallison recently accepted the position of Curator at the Summit County
Historical Society. Ted graduated from Kent State University with a focus on History and
Social Studies. He is currently completing the thesis portion of his Master of Arts in Arts
Administration at The University of Akron. Historic properties are a particular passion of
his, and he and his girlfriend are the proud owners of a home built in 1919.
John F. Myers is an attorney and practices in Akron. His practice is focused in the areas of
labor and employment law, construction law,and commercial litigation. He has
represented contractors, public agencies, and home owners in a wide range of construction
makers. John received his J.D. from The University of Akron School of Law and his B.S.
from Syracuse University.
Marco S. Sommerville has been a public servant and business owner for more than a quarter of a century.
In 1987 he was elected Council Representative for Ward 3,and he served in that position through 2012, when he
resigned to accept his appointment as Akron’s Director of Planning and Urban Development. His contributions
to the Greater Akron community include chairmanship of the Joint Board of Review (the oversight committee
for Akron’s renovation or building project), President of the Downtown Akron Partnership, and the
Akron Branch NAACP.