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Historic Preservation Month 2016
Monday April 11, 2016


Wednesday, May 11 / Pizza and Preservation: Unlock the History of your Historic Home
Meet in the Strassweg Auditorium for pizza and an introduction to how to date, research, and identify your home’s past.  From there, you will go to the Indiana Room to research your own property. Designed for homeowners of historic property and anyone interested in the history of property in their communities or neighborhoods, participants will learn the most efficient steps through the research process and the best resources for finding what you want to know.
Presenters: Dave Barksdale, Floyd County Historian; Lois Endris, Floyd County Recorder; Nancy Strickland and Melissa Wiseheart, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Registration required: Limited to 20 participants. Contact 812/284-4534 or south@indianalandmarks.org to reserve a space.
Location: New Albany Floyd County Public Library, 180 West Spring Street, New Albany
Sponsors: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library; Wick’s Pizza Parlor
 
Saturday, May 14 / How Leaky is Your House? Reducing Energy Loss by Managing the Chimney Effect
Presenters: Ron Zmyslo, Preservation Consultant, Preserve Restore Maintain Indiana
Ron Zmyslo, who has many years of experience in construction and preservation, will help participants understand how to make their homes more energy efficient, and will demonstrate a blower door test. Among the topics covered will be: What is the chimney effect? How can a blower door be used to locate areas of air leakage? What is air sealing, and how does it relate to insulation? How and where should insulation be installed for the best payback? And what is the difference between comfort and energy loss?
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Sumler residence, 315 East 10th Street, New Albany
Sponsors: New Albany Historic Preservation Commission; City of New Albany
Registration required: Contact 812/284-4534 or south@indianalandmarks.org to reserve a space.
 
Tuesday, May 17 / Lunch and Learn: Historic Homes of New Albany
Bring your own lunch and learn about New Albany’s historic residences. David Barksdale and Gregory Sekula, authors of the 2015 book Historic Homes of New Albany, will discuss their book and give an overview of the history and architectural features of some of the outstanding properties highlighted in it.
Time: Noon to 1:00 PM
Registration required: Contact 812/944-7336 or dthomas@carnegiecenter.org to reserve a space.
Location: Carnegie Center for Art and History, 203 East Spring Street, New Albany
Sponsors: Carnegie Center for Art and History
 
Wednesday, May 18/ New Albany Historic Preservation Commission’s Facelift Awards
Join the Preservation Commission for a reception and the presentation of the annual Facelift Awards, given to outstanding rehabilitation and preservation projects within the city. A regular meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission follows at 7 PM and is open to the public.
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Third floor Assembly Room, City-County Building, 311 Hauss Square, New Albany
Sponsor: City of New Albany; New Albany Historic Preservation Commission, Develop New Albany
 
Saturday, May 21 / Hands-on window restoration workshop
Presenters: Tom and Holli Nance, River City Window Works
Window restoration experts Tom and Holli Nance will demonstrate the steps of rehabbing a historic wooden window, then participants will get a chance try the work themselves at a series of work stations. Participants will be able to practice glazing a window, re-roping and reassembling a window, and gain the confidence to tackle these projects at home.
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM 
Location: 137 East Market Street, New Albany
Sponsors: River City Window Works; New Albany Historic Preservation Commission
Registration required: Contact 812/284-4534 or south@indianalandmarks.org to reserve a space.
 
Tuesday, May 24 / What’s Under the Second Baptist Church? Digging up the Past
Presenters: Kylie Holmes, University of Indianapolis
At the regular monthly meeting of the Floyd County Historical Society, learn about recent archaeological investigation that has occurred in the undercroft below Second Baptist Church. The lower level of the church has long been believed to have been utilized by fugitive slaves making their way north to freedom, as the congregation was an Abolitionist stronghold before and during the Civil War.  
Time: 7:00 PM 
Location: Strassweg Auditorium, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 West Spring Street, New Albany
Sponsors: Floyd County Historical Society
 
Wednesday, May 25 / The Underground Uncovered
Join developers Ron and Andy Carter for a look at the intensive rehabilitation project that yielded downtown New Albany’s newest shopping area, Underground Station, and saved the 1834 Frank A. Kraft Building, believed to be New Albany’s oldest remaining frame commercial building. The shops will stay open late for participants to peruse their wares, and refreshments will be served. 
Presenters: Ron and Andy Carter, Carter Management Company
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Underground Station, 37 Bank Street, New Albany
Sponsors: Carter Management Company; Develop New Albany
 
Thursday, May 26 / Steeple reinstallation, Second Baptist Church
Built in 1849-52 as the Second Presbyterian Church, this magnificent edifice was originally topped with a sixty-foot steeple. Visible for miles up and down the river, the spire stood as a symbol for the city and a beacon for fugitive slaves seeking refuge here. Removed following a 1915 lightning strike, the steeple has been replicated thanks to a community-wide fundraising effort, and will be lifted back into place.
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Second Baptist Church, 300 East Main Street, New Albany
Sponsor: Friends of the Town Clock Church; Second Baptist Church; Develop New Albany
 
Saturday, May 28 / Scribner House Tours
Take a tour of the oldest surviving building in New Albany, the 1814 home of founding father Joel Scribner. The home has been meticulously cared for and operated as a museum by the Daughters of the American Revolution for almost a century. Restoration work is ongoing, including a recent project to restore all of the windows in the home and summer kitchen, and the installation of a new wood shingle roof.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
Location: Southeast corner State and Main streets.
Sponsors: Piankeshaw Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
 
Saturday, May 28 / Mansion Row walking tour
Presenter: Dave Condra
The longtime, unofficial historian Mansion Row historian will lead his annual walking tour of New Albany’s most illustrious neighborhood. The East Main Street district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and contains and a wide variety of homes from the mid-nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries.
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 PM 
Location: meet in front of the Scribner House, southeast corner State and Main streets.
Sponsors: Floyd County Historical Society; Main Street Preservation Association; New Albany Historic Preservation Commission
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