The Sarah Nicholson Allen House Preservation Committee began in March, 2019 with the purpose of undertaking a project to make a visible improvement in Salem by restoring a historic house and putting it to a use. Convened by Dr Michael Gorman, President of Salem Community College, this ad hoc group is composed of representatives from Salem Community College, Salem County Vocational-Technical Schools, Stand Up For Salem, Inc., Salem’s Historic Preservation Commission, and local preservation-oriented businesses. They offered a two-fold vision: (1) to restore historic buildings that are at risk in the City, and (2) to promote social justice and equity by highlighting underrepresented histories and teaching preservation trades in Salem, a disadvantaged and underserved community. The City of Salem offered the house to the committee to accomplish these purposes for the benefit of the City.


Dr. Michael Gorman, Chair

President, Salem Community College


Ron Burkhardt

Assistant Dean of Institutional Research & Planning

Salem Community College


Vincent Caliguire

New Jersey DEP, Office of Brownfield Reuse

Community Collaborative Initiative


Chris Davenport

Executive Director, Stand Up For Salem


Anthony Melita

Historian, Revolution Tours

Adjunct, Salem Community College


Dr. Patrick Michel, Superintendent

Salem City Schools


Sheila Parker

Member, Salem Historic Preservation Commission


Gregg Perry

Perry Conservation


Janet Sheridan

Principal Cultural Heritage Specialist

Down Jersey Heritage Research, LLC


John R. Swain

Superintendent, Salem County Vocational-Technical Schools


Jim Waddington

Board Member, Stand Up For Salem