Aeon Safety Training: Mental Health Awareness during Covid-19 Pandemic

17 Mar

Devon from our safety team just put together this safety training on mental health awareness. We have decided to share the handouts from this training for your use.

Aeon Pandemic Mental Health Training

During a pandemic, many people may experience increased stress and anxiety, whether they are physically sick or not. Stress caused by social isolation, fear of sickness and concern for others is common. It is essential to maintain a mental health management plan during times of stress, and to be sensitive to other people’s increased stress levels. According to the CDC, stress from the pandemic can cause anxiety, difficulty concentrating, worsening of chronic health problems, and increase substance use.

See our full training and a Behavior Health handout.

Aeon Safety Training Covid-19 Stress

Behavioral Health Handout from SAMHSA

Tips for Young Professionals Entering the Field of Historic Preservation

13 Feb

Entering the preservation field can be especially challenging, since it is a relatively niche market. Unless you want to write historic resource evaluations all day at a CRM firm, the jobs available are difficult to find. “It will all work out,” and “something will turn up” are probably the least useful phrases you hear when looking for that first job after graduating or changing fields. You feel qualified and full of energy, ready to throw yourself into a job. Any job.

Application after application, painstakingly tailored for each position, are answered with indifferent silence. You might take the shotgun approach and apply to positions that you are over-qualified for, and those you are under-qualified for, and are still meeting with no success. From one Millennial to another, you’re doing it wrong.

First, pay more attention to which jobs you actually want, and just apply to those. Use the time you save from applying to fewer jobs by volunteering or teaching yourself a new skill. It is also beneficial to join a professional network in your area. You can get more involved in the field, make contacts, and usually get a free lunch out of the events!

Second, value paid internships. Despite what we’ve been told all our lives, there is nothing wrong with graduating from an undergraduate or graduate program and starting out as an intern. Even if the internship is not offering you the exact work you’re looking for, the company or organization might be a great fit.

The applications you do want to send (after whittling down your massive list of potentials), send to a peer for review. You may also want to contact a professor or former colleague and ask them to write you a general reference, so you have one quick at hand. Be sure to follow up on your applications at least once, if only for the closure of rejection (since that courtesy is rare).

Most importantly, be proactive! Get out there and meet people! Volunteering in the field looks great on your resume, and you will probably meet some useful contacts. A volunteer position, like an internship, could easily lead to a permanent position. Contact companies or individuals who are doing what you want to be doing. Ask for their advice, they will probably be happy to give you pointers! Not only will you get some quick and free career advice, but you’ve just made an excellent contact. Don’t forget to stay in touch with former coworkers or professors. Your contacts are important to your career, and it’s wasteful to let those relationships fade.

Finally, don’t buy into the fantasy that the job you land will be your ‘forever job’. There is no such thing. Your life will change, and your work will change as a result. Try to enjoy the in-between time, where the possibilities are endless, and your near-future is a mystery.

Happy trails!

By Jean Stoll, Historic Specialist

Found in Google Maps: Aeon in Action!

31 Jul

Google Maps Mexican Monument

One of our staff stumbled across this in Google Maps: Aeon and Independent Custom Metalworks removing cannons in 2015 at the Mexican Monument at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis. You can view it here and walk around the whole team in action!

2017 DC Preservation League Award Winner: Grace Episcopal Church

25 May


Aeon is proud to announce that our project for Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown received one of this year’s Stewardship Awards from the DC Preservation League. Aeon took a leading role in helping the church understand the problems, raise funds, help secure a $30,000 grant from the DC Preservation League, present the work to the Georgetown Preservation Review Board, identify replacement stone options, identify qualified bidders, and manage the whole process from design to implementation. This project was a true collaboration between Aeon and the winning contractor Federal Masonry Restoration, and with great support from the Church. See more about the project in this brief video.

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Celebrating Seven Years!

5 May


Aeon celebrated our seventh year as an independent business with our annual Cinco de Mayo party, known within the company as Aeon Independence Day! Staff  celebrated with barbeque and beer with many family members attending. Aeon is also celebrating the hiring of two new staff members, Jean Stoll and Daniel Holcombe. We are thrilled to add these two members to our team and thanks to all of our collaborators, colleagues, and clients that make what we do such a joy. Cheers!

John Russell Pope Award

26 Apr

https-cdn.evbuc.comimages29062009860335233251originalAeon is proud to announce that the US Capitol Dome Restoration project has received the 2017 John Russell Pope Award for Historic Preservation from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Institute for Classical Art & Architecture. The award ceremony was held on April 23, 2017 at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC and was attended by team members from the Architect of the Capitol’s office, Historical Arts & Casting, and Aeon Preservation Services. Award winners are shown here.

Union Station Rostral Columns

8 Feb


Aeon is pleased to report that the restoration of Union Station’s rostral columns has been completed. The Christman Company along with Robinson Ironworks and United Building Envelope Restoration have completed the final touchups. We are thrilled to have worked with the Union Station Redevelopment Corp on this project. Work included complete dismantling of the ornamental cast iron and granite balustrades, off site restoration and refinishing, and restored gilding and new LED lamping of the light fixtures.

APT EVENT – Union Station Rostral Column Restoration

4 Nov

Wednesday, November 09, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
50 Mass Ave NE, Washington DC West Plaza

Please join The Christman Company for a tour of the ongoing restoration work on the rostral columns and balustrades at Union Station, including the opportunity to see disassembly of the cast iron columns.  The second set of columns and lampposts will be removed from site on November 9th and returned later this year.  Off-site restoration will include the abatement of existing coatings, cast iron repairs, re-casting of broken elements and the application of high performance coatings.  The tour will  also highlight masonry cleaning and restoration of the Vermont white granite balustrades.  Masonry work includes general cleaning, graffiti removal pinning of the balusters, removal of embedded fasteners, patching and crack repair.

Soon after the completion of Washington Union Station in 1908, a plaza was added at the front of the building.  Columbus Plaza was designed to include two gateways consisting a pair of rostral columns and lampposts mounted on granite balustrades.  The area between the columns was originally open to traffic, but was converted to be sidewalk by 1985.  Columbus Plaza was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.  

The tour will begin at the West Plaza, located in front of the Union Station Metro Station at 6:30pm, and will be led by representatives from Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, Aeon Preservation Services, and The Christman Company. Registration is not required, but please arrive a few minutes before 6:30 to ensure you don’t miss the tour departure.

Celebrating Women in Business & the Arts

17 Sep

Lane Burritt, Principal of Aeon was asked to participate in the 1st Annual “Celebrating Women in Business & the Arts” on the grounds of Marietta House. Lane demonstrated preservation tools and discussed material identification. She was assisted by her daughter, Abigail.


Abigail shows off a how a borescope can be useful in conservation work.

Celebrate women of many talents: artists and entrepreneurs. Shop from female-owned food and craft vendors. View artists’ demonstrations and artworks, enjoy author’s readings, preservation demonstrations,music, and more. 


Marietta is a property of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Restoration of the Mexican War Midshipmen’s Monument

9 Sep

Aeon just completed the restoration of the Mexican War Midshipmen’s Monument, Aeon’s second major project at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. The monument was an 1848 gift by the Academy’s Brigade of Midshipmen. The restoration was made possible thanks to a gift from the Class of 1986. The monument was unveiled at a ceremony this morning during reunion weekend.

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