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Preservation Pennsylvania honors Jeffrey Marshall


Launching into its 40th year of helping people preserve and protect the places they love, statewide nonprofit Preservation Pennsylvania presented the commonwealth’s two most prestigious historic preservation awards in a virtual event Jan. 26.
The event, “The Future at 40,” kicked off Preservation Pennsylvania’s 40th Anniversary in 2022 and honored two exceptional individuals, Jeffrey Marshall and Sydelle Zove. The event’s keynote speaker was Bonnie McDonald, president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois and leader of The Relevancy Project, which aspires to create a national model for justice, equity, inclusion and diversity in preservation practice.
Marshall received the F. Otto Haas Award honoring outstanding individual achievements in the field of historic preservation over an extended period .
Zove of Montgomery County received the Henry A. Jordan Award honoring outstanding historic preservation efforts at the local/regional level.
Marshall recently retired after a 40 year career (10 years as president) with the Heritage Conservancy. During his tenure, the conservancy facilitated preservation of over 15,000 acres of open space, farmland, wildlife habitat, and important watershed areas in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Marshall is responsible for listing more than 40 properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

Upon his retirement, the Heritage Conservancy established the Marshall Historic Preservation Fund to continue this important work.
He is the author of six books on historic architecture, local history and historic preservation , including Barns of Bucks County and Farmhouses of Bucks County. Utilizing his expertise in agricultural heritage and architecture, Marshall is a co-founder of the Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit organization that provides resources for the preservation and protection of historic barns. The HBFF Archive is an ongoing barn survey database compiled to facilitate the documentation and research of Pennsylvania’s barns and farm structures.
Marshall is a former member of Preservation Pennsylvania’s board of directors.
Sydelle Zove has spent years working in the nonprofit sector, primarily for organizations with social justice missions. She has spent the past six years leading a passionate group of people in a grassroots campaign to find a better outcome and design for a proposed townhouse development that would threaten the Plymouth Meeting Historic District (Pennsylvania’s first National Register Historic District).
In 2020, when the builder withdrew its land development application, and again nine months later, when Whitemarsh Township announced it would purchase the property, Sydelle and the community celebrated the news.