Kate Peresolak was awarded a Preservation Planning award by
Preservation PA for her Applied Archaeology MA thesis research.
Each year, Preservation PA hosts the Pennsylvania Historic
Kate is one of three winners of the 2017 Preservation
Planning Award. She won for her thesis research and completed thesis, titled “Advocating
for the Carroll Cabin: Archaeological Investigations at a Historic Home.”
Kate’s research established the Carroll Cabin as one of the
oldest Euro American buildings in southwestern Pennsylvania, a fact that was
not suspected at the outset. Her work established the historic and cultural
significance of the house beyond any doubt.
The letter nominating her project
for this award goes on to state: “Ms. Peresolak’s thesis research led to some
landmark developments in heritage stewardship on the Forbes State Forest … Ms.
Peresolak advised the timber staff in the development of best practices for
accessing timber sales up slope of the cabin without damaging or disturbing the
structure or other features of the farmstead, and similar protocols are being
discussed for gas well development. In short, the project has led to some very
positive developments in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of State Forests for the stewardship and
management of heritage resources on the over two million acres of public land
The award will be presented on October 12.
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