NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF COVERED BRIDGES, INC.

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York, PA   |  www.coveredbridgesociety.org

Mission

The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, Inc. was formed to preserve covered bridges. To gather and record knowledge of the history of covered bridges. To collect and preserve pictures, printed, and manuscript matter and other articles of historical interest concerning covered bridges. To do all things, alone or in cooperation with other persons or corporations, necessary or advisable to carry out any or all of the foregoing purposes and objects.

Ruling year info

1971

President

William Caswell

Main address

1143 Sage Dr.

York, PA 17408 USA

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EIN

04-6060691

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Covered bridges, like so many other historic properties, require regular care and maintenance. They need advocates for their preservation so they are not routinely replaced by more modern structures or victims of arson.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Moose Brook Bridge Reconstruction

Administering a grant from the National Park Service to reconstruct the Moose Brook Bridge formerly of Gorham, NH for use on the WW&F Railway in Alna, Maine.

Population(s) Served

Promoting the use of fire retardants in covered bridges to reduce the impacts of arson attempts.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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Our organization works towards raising awareness of the need to preserve our nation's historic covered bridges so future generations will have an appreciation of the craftsmanship of their builders and awareness of the importance of the wooden truss bridge in the development of transportation engineering. We also promote the use of fire retardants to protect the bridges from arsonists.

We use our quarterly publications to inform our members about covered bridge history and the stories of those who constructed the bridges. When we learn of a bridge in need, we contact local and state officials to express our desire to see the structure preserved according to the guidelines in the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. When possible, we participate in the Section 106 review process as a consulting party, to recommend the preferred method of restoring the bridge.
We promote the use of fire retardants and in some cases have donated the fire retardant materials to protect bridges.

We have a quarterly Newsletter to inform our members of ongoing projects. Our Board of Directors includes people who have experience in covered bridge repair and construction who are able to review specific projects and offer recommendations based on their decades of experience. We have donated fire retardant materials to bridge projects and encourages other entities towards including those materials in projects already underway.

Since the organization's inception in the early 1950's, we have influenced a number of covered bridge projects. One of the more recent examples is the Bath Village Bridge in Bath, New Hampshire. By attending meetings with the state of New Hampshire and the project's engineers throughout the design and construction phases, we were able to see that this bridge, originally constructed in 1832, was repaired according to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. We are continuing to consult on projects, most recently requesting to be involved in the project to restore the 1862 covered bridge in Bridgeport, California.
Last year, fire retardant was added to two ongoing covered bridge projects as a direct result of our contact with the bridge owners, one in Georgia and the other in Kentucky.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF COVERED BRIDGES, INC.

Board of directors
as of 3/30/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William Caswell

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No