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Historical Commission

ABOUT THE HISTORICAL COMMISSION

Established
The Upper Dublin Historical Commission was established in 2006 by the Upper Dublin Board of Commissioners, under Ordinance #1175. Visit the documents web page to download the ordinance and the associated resource inventory referred to in the ordinance.

Meetings
Meetings take place the fourth Monday of each month, at 7:00 pm, at the Township Building. Meeting minutes are posted each month after approval at the next meeting.

Historic Preservation
Visit the Historic Preservation web page for more information about historic preservation in Upper Dublin and links to helpful web sites including preservation briefs provided by the National Park Service.

Guide to Researching the History of Upper Dublin Properties
The Historical Commission has compiled a guide to researching Upper Dublin properties. Download the guide.

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CONTACT THE HISTORICAL COMMISSION

The Commission welcomes and encourages your suggestions for possible programming as well as your thoughts, ideas, or concerns about history and architecture and its role in our community. Please write to us at the Township address or send the Historical Commission an email.

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MISSION STATEMENT

The Upper Dublin Historical Commission seeks to foster awareness and appreciation of our community’s history, encourage the preservation of local resources, and offer information and assistance to residents and owners of commercial and residential properties.

HISTORIC SITE SURVEYS

Survey of Top Ten Historic Places in Upper Dublin

Surveys were conducted to select residents' top ten historic sites in October of 2008 and October of 2009.

Download the survey results and images.

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COMMISSION MEMBERS

Apply To Serve On a Citizen Board

Visit the Documents & Forms page and download a Citizen Board Application to apply to serve on a Citizen Board.

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Meet the Historical Commission Members

Jeffery Bucher
Jeff is a licensed general contractor in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware with 25 years experience in commercial/retail and residential construction. During these years he has actively preserved and renovated residential properties and has converted others into retail space preventing demolition. Jeff’s educational background includes Construction Management, Architectural Design and Code Enforcement. In his free time Jeff enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, travel, and genealogy. Originally from Souderton, Jeff has resided in Upper Dublin since 1993.

Daniel Emery
A Township resident for nearly ten years, Dan is an architect with licenses in PA, NJ and DE. He has a life-long interest in historic architecture and is an adjunct professor of Architectural History at Arcadia University. Dan spent much of his teen years restoring a Victorian house with his father. Dan’s interest in historic architecture led him to career change to architecture in 1992. In 2000 Dan, graduated top of his class with a BArch from Drexel. He has designed several historically sensitive additions to properties in Upper Dublin. Dan is also an advocate of the “Green” properties of older buildings, i.e. “The greenest building is the one you don’t build, re-use what is already here.” Dan plays Scottish bagpipes and wooden flute semi-professionally in his spare time.

Patrick Hitchens
Patrick is an attorney licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey at a mid-sized firm in Montgomery County. His current legal practice includes legal representation on behalf of municipalities for zoning, development and other issues. Patrick was born and raised in Berks County and moved to Upper Dublin with his wife in 2009. Both Patrick and his wife were fortunate to have the opportunity to purchase a property listed on the Upper Dublin Historic Inventory. Patrick’s interest and passion for historic preservation began at an early age when he was a member of the Student Historian’s of Pennsylvania where he served as a state officer. In his free time when he is not working on his old house or practicing law, both he and his wife enjoy spending time with their dog, Guinness.

James Magaziner

Jim grew up in Upper Dublin. At the time, he and his family lived in a Victorian house (1875) located in old Fort Washington. This experience gave him an interest in older homes and different types of architecture. After raising his own family in Narberth, PA (Lower Merion Township) he has since returned to Upper Dublin to live. Having many memories of how Upper Dublin was in the past, Jim is particularly sensitive to the issues surrounding property development, preservation and conservation of open space in the township. In his professional career, Jim is a Financial Advisor. He acquired his undergraduate degree and his MBA from Temple University. He enjoys playing the piano, tennis, history and Turner Classic Movies.

Tom Shaner

Tom has lived in Upper Dublin since 1991 when he and his wife Carolyn purchased the Wentz Farm property (formerly the Potts Farm). They have lovingly maintained and upgraded the house and property. This is the second home they have restored. The first was an 1820’s house in Lansdale where they lived for twelve years. The Shaners believe that it is important to preserve the area’s historical integrity as new homes and businesses are constructed nearby. Once these unique properties are destroyed, they can never be reclaimed. Tom is a retired Wissahickon science and computer teacher who coached basketball for many years. He is a graduate of Penn State and Lehigh with a degree in science and technology but has a keen interest in history. He is now an educational computer consultant.

Wendy Weber

Wendy moved to Upper Dublin Township 28 years ago into a house built by her father; a residential home builder who began his career in Upper Dublin in 1958. Wendy has many childhood memories of rural Upper Dublin Township including the purchase of her first horse from Bill Bennet at the Jarrettown Inn barn. She is stimulated by the history of the area, and enjoys collecting period antique furniture and local artwork. Wendy’s most recent employment as project manager of a 55-acre farm in Worcester Township has furthered her knowledge in construction. She was involved in the three-year project of designing and restoring the circa 1890 Victorian house and large stone bank barn. Currently, she is working with Township officials for conditional use of property, land conservation easements, and open space dedication. Wendy has been a licensed real estate agent since 2004.

Robert Winegrad
Rob has lived in Upper Dublin Township since 1996. He has been involved in real estate his entire career since graduating from Temple University. Starting with hands on remodeling, moving into land and site development, now working for Consolidate Rail Corporation, he is well rounded in all aspects of land/property rights and building construction. With a with strong sense of community he feels historic resources are an important anchor in community development.

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