2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Commonwealth Heritage Group

Founded in 1988 as Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group in Jackson, Michigan, by Donald J. Weir and Donna Roper, Commonwealth has grown to include nine offices in eight states. During the past 30 years, Commonwealth has prided itself on being a leader in the Heritage Management Industry nationwide.

Commonwealth Heritage Group’s Sarah Jane Ruch and Rick Meyer Receive the 2017 Preservation Education Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

On June 7 Commonwealth’s Sarah Jane Ruch and Rick Meyer, along with Debra Martin of the City of Wilmington and Nicole Bailey of Arcadis Engineering, received the 2017 Preservation Education Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. The award recognized our participation in the Brandywine Raceway rehabilitation project, part of a larger service upgrade of Wilmington’s public water system. The project successfully adapted a historic raceway to retain its vital historic use in a safe and efficient manner, while preserving and maintaining its character-defining features. It also afforded an opportunity to introduce a much-overlooked aspect of Wilmington’s history to a general audience through publication of a book From Creek to Tap: The Brandywine and Wilmington’s Public Water System, beautifully illustrated, engaging, and highly readable. The book presents the history of the raceway within the larger context of Wilmington’s early milling industries and its pioneering water system. Together the service upgrade and book demonstrate extraordinary efforts to respect and interpret the past while adapting to current needs.

Commonwealth Heritage Group Receives Virginia ASLA 2017 Merit Award

Commonwealth Heritage Group’s Charlottesville Office was a  Merit Award recipient in the Planning and Analysis category of the Virginia ASLA 2017 Awards for the, City of Austin Historic Cemeteries Master Plan. Laura Knott, our Charlottesville Regional Director, served as principal investigator, working with prime consultant, AmaTerra of Austin and McDoux Preservation of Houston. Congratulations to our client, Kim McKnight of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department!

Commonwealth Heritage Group receives MHPN 2016 Government/Institution Award

Commonwealth Heritage Group has been selected to receive a Michigan Historic Preservation Network 2016 Government/Institution Award for the M-231/US-31 Holland to Grand Haven Archaeological Data Recoveries. The award is presented to agencies, cities and/or institutions who by their actions have accomplished significant positive changes in the historic preservation climate and activities which have made a significant contribution to the preservation of Michigan’s heritage. http://www.mhpn.org/

Commonwealth Heritage Group is pleased to announce the opening of an office in Columbus OH!

Commonwealth Heritage Group is pleased to announce the opening of an office in Columbus OH! The office is strategically positioned between our western Great Lakes, northeast and southeast offices. Its location  affords us the ability to provide the highest quality cultural resources services in a cost effective and efficient manner through this extensive geographic region.  We have taken over the staff, the contracts and office space of the cultural resource department of Hardlines Design Company and are excited to continue their excellent reputation. Contact Information

CCRG Rebranding: Introducing Commonwealth Heritage Group, Inc.

Happy New Year!

For me, the turning of the New Year is always a time of reflection and a time to look forward to ways to make this year better than the last. For over 30 years, our family of companies has been a leader in the cultural resource management industry and we are always looking for ways to better ourselves. With this in mind, I am proud to announce that on January 7th, 2016, all our companies (Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Coastal Carolina Research, Sagebrush Consultants and John Milner Associates (JMA)) will be operating under a new name: Commonwealth Heritage Group, Inc. This will help all of our offices work more collaboratively and allow us to offer our clients streamlined services with a nationwide footprint. I look forward to working with all of you during this exciting new chapter.

Andrew J. Weir, President Commonwealth Heritage Group, Inc.

Commonwealth Heritage Group proudly accepted Michigan’s Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation for the US-231 project. We are very honored to have received the award and proud to be a part of such a great project. Congratulations to everybody who worked on this project.

Commonwealth Heritage Group Launches Redesigned Website

Commonwealth Heritage Group is proud to introduce its redesigned website. The new streamlined site is designed for easy navigation to help clients and potential clients learn more about the cultural resource management services we offer. The site also offers opportunities to learn more about the federal and state-level requirements built on cultural resource legislation. “One of the things that we really pride ourselves on here at Commonwealth Heritage Group is our ability to keep on the cutting edge of technology for our industry,” said Andrew Weir, Commonwealth Heritage Group’s president. “I feel that this new website will help us better communicate with our clients and the world.”

Commonwealth Heritage Group President Andrew J. Weir

Commonwealth Heritage Group President Andrew J. Weir

Commonwealth Heritage Group Hosts Archaeology Session

Michigan Historic Preservation Network’s annual conference participants were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at artifact curation at Commonwealth Heritage Group’s laboratory during the off-site session, “Out of the Field: The Hidden World of the Archaeological Laboratory.” Michigan’s State Archaeologist Dean Anderson, SHPO staff members, and conference participants learned from Commonwealth Heritage Group Lab Director Mary Jeakle how we curate artifacts once they reach the lab.

Commonwealth Heritage Group’s Regional Director Chris Espenshade conducted a session on basic pottery analysis techniques, while Commonwealth Heritage Group’s Senior Analyst Dr. Michael Hambacher and Principal Investigator Dr. Sean Dunham explained how artifacts, maps and archival information are integrated to form a picture of past lifeways. Robert Love made a guest appearance to explain and demonstrate the art and science of flintknapping.

MHPN participants learn about artifact processing from Commonwealth Heritage Group lab director Mary Jeakle and senior analyst Dr. Michael Hambacher.

MHPN participants learn about artifact processing from Commonwealth Heritage Group lab director Mary Jeakle and senior analyst Dr. Michael Hambacher.

Indiana Shipwreck Listed in the NRHP

In March, the Material Service (shipwreck) was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the first shipwreck in Indiana to be accepted in 25 years and only the second in the state listed in the NRHP.   The nomination and other underwater survey efforts were conducted by Commonwealth Heritage Group underwater archaeologists as part of the Indiana Lake Michigan Shipwreck Survey Project under the direction of Commonwealth Heritage Group principal investigator Kira Kaufmann, Ph.D. and under the sponsorship of the Lake Michigan Coastal Management Program (LMCP) of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, with assistance from the Indiana Division of Historical Preservation and Archaeology.

State and National Register certificates will be presented during a special ceremony at the Indiana State Fair, August 2014. To learn more about the Indiana Lake Michigan Shipwreck Survey Project, visit Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program website.

Surveying the Material Service.

Surveying the Material Service