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ARA National Register Nomination for O.M. Oviatt House Approved!

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I’m pleased to announce that ARA’s nomination for the Orson Minot Oviatt House in Richfield, OH was approved by the state review board today. I had a great time getting to know this wonderful house and its dedicated owner Joyce. She bought the house last year and has been busy making it into a fabulous …

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ARA to Present Webinar on McDowell County, WV Historic Resources

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Join Courtney Zimmerman of Aurora Research Associates on Thursday, May 28 at 1pm to hear about the company’s county-wide survey of McDowell County, West Virginia. This presentation was originally to have take place at the Preservation Alliance of WV’s conference earlier in May, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. ARA conducted the survey in 2016 …

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Sabraton Historic Resource Survey

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We made the news! (sort of) Aurora Research Associates has been working with the Morgantown Historic Landmarks Commission and West Virginia University on an historic resource survey for Sabraton, a neighborhood in Morgantown. This project is unique in that I got to work with WVU historic preservation student volunteers and their professor, Dr. Jennifer Thornton. …

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Front Street Cuyahoga Falls

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Shortly after I moved to the Akron area, I was at a social event and met someone who worked in the neighboring community of Cuyahoga Falls. When she found out that I was in the historic preservation field, she asked me what I thought would be positive and/or effective for the downtown area. The first …

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And now for something completely different… freshwater mussel surveys

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Architectural history is my “main thing,” but it’s nice to diversify every now and then. This week, I am out on a freshwater mussel survey as a subconsultant to EnviroScience, Inc., a natural resources environmental consultant. When I was a historian with the West Virginia Division of Highways, I was lucky to be able to …

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