Historic Harrisville, Inc. Names New Executive Director
Erin Hammerstedt has been named Executive Director of Historic Harrisville, Inc. She began work in mid-February, in preparation for the departure of Executive Director, Linda Willett.
For the past 8 years, Erin has worked at Preservation Pennsylvania, initially as a Field Representative and more recently as Preservation Services Director. She provides technical assistance throughout the state on a wide variety of historic preservation projects. She is experienced in historic designation, feasibility studies, grant-writing, building restoration and maintenance, community outreach and education, and administration.
Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Arts from Penn State and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont. As a graduate student in 1999, she was an intern at Historic Harrisville and is excited to return in her new role.
Fred O’Connor, Project Manager
Overall, Fred has had 33 years of experience in: interior and exterior painting, wall treatments and trim work. “While I have developed a specialty with historic structures, my experience also includes: residential housing, commercial buildings, industrial and production facilities and museums. Specifically my experience includes: surface preparation, removal of previous coatings, determining appropriate products for use, applying products and interpreting and implementing specifications. I have worked closely with architects, engineers, designers, interior decorators, homeowners, business owners and historical societies. In addition, I have selected and supervised contractors and supervised up to 12 apprentices, journeymen and masters with responsibility to hire, discuss, train, motivate and evaluate their work.
“I have utilized my skills in custom color mixing and ornamental painting, which has included faux finishes, and gilding of items of such period furnishings as colonial, victorian and modern architecture and I have been directly involved with conservation and preventative maintenance on buildings. Additionally, in a joint effort with Combined Decorating Services, Inc., I conceived of, developed, implemented and conducted a five-year apprentice/instructor program for painting and wall covering tradespeople. Finally, as paint and wallcovering specialist and paint crew supervisor for SPNEA (Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities) from 1993-2003, I have been responsible for all aspects and implementation of conservation and maintenance of painting, coatings and wall coverings for their museums.”