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.