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PRACTICAL PRESERVATION WORKSHOPS


Michigan Historic Preservation Network brings Practical Preservation Workshops to Charlevoix

Residents to receive hands-on training and experience in repairing old homes

Charlevoix, Mich. – The Michigan Historic Preservation Network with local partners the City of Charlevoix, Charlevoix Main Street, the Charlevoix Historical Society, and MYPreservation are pleased to announce a preservation workshop series in August and September. The series of three workshops will bring old home experts to the community to share knowledge and provide opportunities for participants to try their hand at some basic old home maintenance tasks.

“I’m excited that Charlevoix was chosen to host these preservation workshops,” said Lindsey Dotson, Charlevoix Main Street Director. “Historic homeowners, contractors, and downtown building owners alike will benefit from these workshops in more ways than one.” The series will take place Monday, August 6, Monday, August 20, and Wednesday, September 5 at the Charlevoix Historic Train Depot, 305 Chicago Avenue, Charlevoix. The events will be in the evening from 5:30-8:00 pm. The first two demonstration workshops cost $10 a ticket, while the final community session is free and open to the public. Get more information and register at CharlevoixPracticalPreservation.Eventbrite.com.

The workshops will be held on the following dates:

August 6: Wood Window 101

August 20: Masonry Maintenance and Repair

September 5: Proactive Preservation

“We are pleased to bring the workshop series to Charlevoix. The city has such a rich historic landscape from Earl Young’s Mushroom Houses to the old residences and commercial buildings throughout the city,” said Mallory Bower, Field Representative for the Michigan Historic Preservation Network said. “The people who live and work in old structures are stewards of this history. This series is meant to provide resources and empower property owners as they maintain their old structures.” The workshop series is sponsored by the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority and State Historic Preservation Office.

“The more the community members know about how to properly care for and maintain their buildings, the better,” said Dotson. “There are ways to save money, and, most importantly, ways that we can all work to better preserve the character that makes Charlevoix so unique.” Bower notes, “All are welcome to participate in the workshops, whether this is their first encounter with historic preservation or their one hundredth. We strive to create a sense of community and sharing of knowledge to pass on the old home traditions and trades to the next generation.”


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