Preserving History through Interpretive Signage in Leesburg, Virginia

Home to beautiful landscapes and stunning architecture, Oatlands Historic House & Gardens in Leesburg, Virginia was once a thriving plantation.  Inherited by a descendant of one of Virginia’s first families in 1798, Oatlands is now one of the most prominent landmarks in the country and a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  As part of an initiative to revamp the property’s interpretation, Pannier was selected to manufacture ten Fiberglass Embedded (FE) panels paired with cantilevered exhibit bases.

Interpretive Panels Tell the History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania

When the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation set out to transform the 1897 Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad passenger station, they hoped to include an educational display of Beaver County. The idea, which was conceived in 2012, has been realized in the form of 22 Fiberglass Embedded (FE) panels and upright exhibit bases manufactured by Pannier.

The Insect World Comes Alive in Warren County, Iowa

A project that started as an idea three years ago has now become a reality worth celebrating in Warren County, Iowa! The Priscilla Gaumer Butterfly and Pollinator Exhibit at the Annett Nature Center is now home to ten Fiberglass Embedded (FE) panels fabricated by Pannier. The panels feature diverse learning tools intended to educate the public on insects, butterflies and pollinators.

A New Look for the Brush Creek Trail

On May 4th, Marshall Township Parks and Recreation had their ribbon cutting ceremony for the improvements on the Brush Creek Trail.

The 1.3 mile trail will provide residents of Cranberry Township, Marshall Township and business employees of the RIDC Industrial Park a safe place to walk. This project connects Cranberry Township (Butler County) with Marshall Township (Allegheny County). Heather Cuyler, Program Director for Marshall Township, said the improvements took five years to complete at a cost of approximately $400,000.

Protecting Water Quality through Interpretive Signs

In 2015, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT) began working with Chippewa County to provide green infrastructure improvements for Sherman Park Beach, located along the St. Mary’s River in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. The beach had been experiencing periodic closures due to elevated levels of E.coli from storm water runoff.

ECT designed a stormwater “Best Management Practices” for Chippewa County, which included the installation of rain gardens, sidewalk infiltration grates, and native plantings, along with redirecting a storm drain to discharge outside of the jetties, and soil stabilization. In addition, a beach nourishment plan was prepared to raise the profile of the beach, restore the sand dunes and help infiltrate runoff.

As part of the project, ECT’s Senior Administrative Coordinator Chris O’Meara designed seven interpretive panels to display educational information. O’Meara’s designs were manufactured as Fiberglass Embedded panels. Four were installed into Pannier Traditional T exhibit bases, while one became part of a Triangular Kiosk.

Galveston Bay Foundation

This past summer, Pannier Graphics worked with the Galveston Bay Foundation to design and manufacture signage for their Turtle Bayou Nature Preserve, just east of Houston, Texas.

The Turtle Bay Nature Preserve consists of 514 acres of protected wetland, prairie and forested habitats along Turtle Bayou and Lake Anahuac. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, viewing wildlife at one of three wildlife view platforms or kayaking on Turtle Bayou. The Preserve is owned by Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District, and Galveston Bay Foundation holds a conservation easement on the property to protect the land.

Pannier Releases Installation Videos

Installing Pannier’s exhibit bases and frames is a fairly straightforward process; however, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. We recently developed a series of step-by-step instructional videos to help understand what is involved in installing your exhibit bases, even before the crate hits your doorstep.

Creating Interpretive and Historical Signage in His Hometown

During a family vacation to Washington DC last summer, Clarion Area High School sophomore, Nick Cherico became intrigued by all of the historical and interpretive signage. He enjoyed reading every panel and learning about our nation’s history. He decided that this could be his Eagle Scout project – interpretive and historical signage in his home town.