Thursday, February 4, 2010

New Classes for 2010 Winter Preservation Workshop Series

The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, continuing the tradition of advocating for historic materials that helped them win the 2008 National Medal for Museum Service, is reinstating its popular Winter Preservation Workshop Series after a one-year break. The first of four workshops, focusing on safeguarding family photos and personal papers, will take place on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 with “Pictures and Papers” from 7:00-9:00 p.m., led by Beth Swift from the Ramsay Archives at Wabash College.

The Winter Preservation Workshop Series, co-hosted by Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, offers a wealth of easily-applicable information for people interested in preserving historic buildings as well as personal effects. The four workshops, which will be held on Tuesday evenings in the Carriage House Interpretive Center at the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, will provide instruction on a variety of topics, from roofing matters to Victorian landscapes.

“We’re branching out from buildings this year to cover something that everyone has thought about: how to keep personal papers and photographs in the best condition,” said Amanda Wesselmann, Associate Director of the Museum. “Beth Swift has a lot of good information about easy, inexpensive things that people can do right now keep their documents in good shape.”

“Pictures and Papers” will introduce participants to products and practices used to keep family heirloom documents in the best possible condition for future generations. Beth Swift, the facilitator of this workshop, is the Archivist at the Ramsay Archives at Wabash College and author of the “Dear Old Wabash” history blog. Swift has also been instrumental in guiding the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in their efforts to properly pack and preserve General Wallace’s personal artifacts as crucial repair work is done to the roof of his iconic Study.

The second workshop of the series, “Historic Roofing”, will provide an overview of historic roofing materials and acceptable replacements, as well as discussing maintenance strategies that can help prevent unneeded repairs. Representatives from Henry C. Smither Roofing Company in Indianapolis will lead the presentation, on Tuesday, February 16, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

“Victorian Landscapes” will be presented by Meg Storrow, Principal Landscape Architect at Storrow Kinsella Associates, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2. This workshop will cover historic landscapes, designs for modern properties, and plants, fencings, and other decorative elements that complement an historic house.

Can preserving a historic building be good for the environment as well? The final workshop of the series, “Green Design in Preservation”, will present ways to incorporate green concepts like solar and geothermal power, water collection systems, and energy-saving products for historic buildings. The workshop, led by Jim Kienle of Moody Nolan’s Historic Preservation Studio, will take place on Tuesday, March 16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Homeowners, business owners and those interested in historic preservation and landscape architecture are invited to attend these important workshops at the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum. Members of the Lew Wallace Study Preservation Society or Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana can attend for $15 a session or $55 for the series. Non-members can attend for $25 a workshop or $90 for the entire series. Inquiries about memberships to the Lew Wallace Study Preservation Society can be made at 765-362-5769.
To register for the Winter Preservation Workshop Series or for individual workshops, contact the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum at 765-362-5769 or email study@ben-hur.com. Information/registration brochures are available at the Museum or can be mailed upon request. Registration is limited to 15 participants per session.

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