The Bucks County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a presentation by Robin Robinson, the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds, during their October 19th meeting.
Robin spoke about discovering the county’s historic deed books deteriorating in a local warehouse.
The books had been “guillotined” to facilitate a digitalization process; however, they were then simply tied up with rope and left in a non-climate controlled building.
Robin indicated that in addition to the rope, which is one of the most destructive materials for paper, many pages were taped and even laminated!
While the Recorder of Deeds has a book restoration budget, which is funded by county deed fees, her predecessor had gifted back nearly $900,000 to the county upon leaving office.
While Robin was able to petition the county for restoration funds, the cost to restore 700 of the county’s oldest books exceed her budget.
Not willing to let these books, which date from the time of William Penn, to deteriorate any further, Robin has created an “Adopt a Book” program to help fund the restoration of the county’s original deed and manumission records.
In addition, thanks to renovations at her office building, the restored books will be stored in a climate-controlled area, where they are accessible to the public.
The chapter presented Robin with a check for $1,500 to adopt Deed Book #1, and will continue to raise funds through member donations, a chapter pin, and their Wreaths Across America program.
With a focus on historic preservation during the first year of this administration, we are proud to be able to help ensure these records are safe for at least the next 500 years!
If you are interested in participating in future events or to join the Daughters of the American Revolution, visit BuckscountyDAR.org
PHOTO CAP: From left, Betsy Thomas, Robin Robinson, and Lucina Verish