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Historical Commission


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 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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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.

Historical Commission e-News Sign-up
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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.


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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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

Member Term Expires
Jeffery A. Bucher, Chairperson December 31, 2015
Daniel Emery December 31, 2016
Steven Weiss December 31, 2017
James Magaziner December 31, 2016
Tom Shaner December 31, 2015
Kevin Palmer December 31, 2017
Robert Winegrad December 31, 2015

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.

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.

Kevin Palmer

Kevin has lived in Upper Dublin township in an old (circa 1840) farmhouse since 2003 with his wife, Stacy, and two children, Alexis and Bradley. Their farmhouse has been a "labor of love," exposing him to both the challenges and the rewards of historical properties. In his professional career, Kevin graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University. He spent two years in the insurance industry with MetLife and the last twenty-one years with his family business, Palmer International, Inc., a niche chemical company producing derivatives from Cashew Nutshell Liquid. He has been CEO since 2005. In his free time, Kevin enjoys raising his children, do-it-yourself projects, fly fishing, hiking and learning the bass guitar.

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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Ira S. Tackel (Pres.)-Ward 4
Chester H. Derr, III-Ward 3

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John R. Minehart-Ward 1
Stanley J. Ropski-Ward 7
Rebecca A. Gushue-Ward 5

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