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March 27, 2023

Episode #93: Grassroots Building Preservation in Murray, Utah + The Merits of Lead Safety Certification

In today's episode, during listener Q&A, Stacy and Daniel discuss the merits of lead safety training and certification for old house owners. And later, Stacy talks to Amy and Rachel from the Historic Murray First Foundation in Murray, Utah. In an...

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March 13, 2023

A Victorian by the Bay + Stacy and Daniel Play Floor Plan Detective

In today's episode, during listener Q&A, Stacy and Daniel discuss ways to determine the original floor plan of an old house.  And later, they chat with Gina Bellous. Gina's dream of owning a Victorian Bed and Breakfast is coming true in her...

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Feb. 27, 2023

Episode #91: The Aurora Restoration Project + Tips for Wallpapering Crooked Plaster Walls

In today's episode, the first of season nine, Stacy welcomes a new co-host, Daniel Kanter. During listener Q&A, Stacy and Daniel discuss special considerations for wallpapering crooked plaster walls. And later, Stacy and Daniel chat with...

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Jan. 16, 2023

Episode #90: History Attic Research + Making Steel Casement Windows Energy-Efficient

In today’s episode, Scott Sidler joins Stacy for listener Q&A. Scott explains how to use Low-e glass to improve the energy efficiency of steel casement windows. And later, Stacy chats with sisters Linda McManus and Chris Wysocki, who own a...

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Jan. 2, 2023

Episode #89: Laine Berry Shares Apocryphal Stories + Our Moving Plans

In today's episode, Laine Berry from Our Restoration Nation shares apocryphal stories. Apocryphal stories have a dubious origin, but they have been told so often that they are accepted as fact. Many of these tales are rooted in religion and...

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Dec. 19, 2022

Episode #88: Esther Judge-Lennox of Shacks on Racks + Updating Electrical Panels

In today’s episode, Stacy chats with Esther Judge-Lennox, founder of Shacks on Racks. Shacks on Racks is an innovative company working hard to keep old houses out of the landfill by moving them before they are demolished. The mountain west is...

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Dec. 5, 2022

Episode #87: The Money Pit Life - Balancing Old House Wants and Needs

In today’s episode, Stacy is back in the Hudson Valley for the second of two shows recorded in front of a live audience. Old houses are money-hungry, and figuring out how to pay for rehabilitation and maintenance can be stressful. Susan and Will...

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Nov. 21, 2022

Episode #86: Architectural Salvage Stories + The Best Reference Books for Old House Rehabbers

In today’s episode, Stacy is back in the Hudson Valley for the first of two shows recorded in front of a live audience. Stacy talks to Reggie Young from Hudson Valley House Parts. Reggie explains the logistics of the architectural salvage business...

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Nov. 7, 2022

Episode #85: Author David Giffels + Sourcing Antique Mail Slots

In today’s episode, author David Giffels chats with Stacy about his humorous and heartfelt memoir, All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling down House. David Giffels is an author, essayist, journalist, and lifelong resident of Akron, Ohio....

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Oct. 24, 2022

Episode #84: Supernatural Pranks & Thanks

October is ghost story month, so get ready for some goosebumps. In today's episode, Stacy shares four tales of the unexplained, including one from . From pranks to thanks, each paranormal experience is unique.  To request a transcript of this...

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About the Host

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Stacy launched True Tales From Old Houses in 2017 to connect and share stories with old house lovers and devoted DIYers. The goal of the show has always been equal parts entertainment and education. Since the launch, she has become a trusted voice in the old house community. True Tales From Old Houses was named one of "11 Great Podcasts for Preservation Fans" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (

Stacy's second job is restoring and preserving her historic home built in the 1880s. Since 2014, she has been documenting the process on the Blake Hill House blog. She has a deep fondness for original wood windows, and educating people about the importance of keeping them is one of her passions.

Related to podcasting, she is a devoted theatre nerd with many years of public speaking and amateur acting experience.