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Acorn Heritage Services

Nantucket, MA 02554

Aaron Marcavitch received his Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation in May of 1999 from Roger Williams University. His minors were American Studies and History and completed his senior project on the cultural resources of recreation in Rhode Island. He worked with the Institute for Preservation Technology at Harpers Ferry National Park. He studied in England and learned English preservation techniques as part of the Historic Preservation program. Aaron also holds his Masters of Art in Public History program at Middle Tennessee State University (2005). He worked for the Rutherford County Archives as a research assistant and web designer. He was also employed at the Center for Historic Preservation as a research assistant, web designer, and video producer. The Public History program contracted with him as their lead web designer. He wrote his thesis on standardized roadside architecture.

Aaron has worked as the Assistant Administrator for the Nantucket Historic District Commission. In this position he was responsible for the overseeing some of the day-to-day running of the office, but also consulted daily with applicants on the designs for their historic designs. He provided input to the Commission on historic projects and serves as liaison to the various subcommittees.

Aaron now serves as the Chairman of the Nantucket Historical Commission (which he founded) and the Nantucket Cultural Council. He was recently honored as a "40 Under 40" for outstanding community participation. Aaron is President of the American Association for History and Computing and has organized the 2007 Annual Meeting in Providence focusing on public history and technology. Aaron sits on the board for the Recent Past Preservation Network and the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

Aaron has taught classes in historic preservation for the Nantucket Community School. He has been a part of the Nantucket Preservation Alliance and is featured in a video they are producing on Nantucket and preservation. Furthermore, he was an associate member of the Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission where he has encouraged the integration of historical and traditional planning into the work the commission does.

Aaron took graphic design courses as part of his study at RWU and was a Teaching Assistant to the introductory design courses. He has worked with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Rhode Island Heritage and Preservation Commission on their respective web sites. He has also started to work with nonprofit organizations further afield, including the Boston Harborfest, a site reaching nearly 20,000 visitors during the summer. He has extensive Macintosh and PC experience and has knowledge of the networking and programming of Macintosh's and PC's. He has also taught classes to students and professors alike the basics of computing and web design. He has most recently taught web design classes at the Nantucket Community School.

Andrea Marcavitch has been learning architectural history from Aaron from their many roadtrips and projects. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of New Hampshire. She grew up in Northern New Hampshire and now works on Nantucket as the Young Adult Librarian at the Nantucket Atheneum. She has a long history of working in cultural activities - such as theater and music. She sings on the Nantucket Community Music Center choir and the Women's Choir of Nantucket.

Andrea has been an ametuer photographer for several years and has a strong eye for composition. Andrea also has experience with copy editing, writing, and education through her work with A Safe Place and the Atheneum. She has hands on experience with windshield surveys, building stylistics, and research. Andrea brings a eye for architectural photography, a level head for survey work, and an energy for historic preservation to Acorn Heritage Services.

In addition, Acorn Heritage Services also employes various subcontractors - including archaeologists, researchers, photographers, and technical specialists for conservation projects.

 

 

Acorn Heritage Services, January 2007