Preservation Minded

Cornerstone Society plans series
of six workshops in coming months

First workshop set for March
on home history research

(March 2014) – The Cornerstone Society is bringing back its popular workshop series, “Preservation on a Shoestring,” for 2014. Six workshops are planned in collaboration with the Madison Main Street Program, the City of Madison, Historic Madison Inc. and the Jefferson County Historical Society.
The workshops are intended to help owners of historic buildings, but are open to anyone interested in the topics. These workshops are free. Donations are always welcome to help defray the costs. 



The first workshop is a repeat of one of the organization’s most popular: “Discover Your House Story.” It is scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 29, at the Jefferson County Public Library auditorium, 420 W. Main St.  
Some of the county’s top researchers will share tips and resources for uncovering your home’s history. Figuring out when it was built, who’s owned it and what they did for a living might surprise you. While the focus is on historic buildings in Jefferson County, Ind., the process can be applied to other counties.  
Speakers include Link Ludington, Chief of Historic Preservation with the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Corp.; Camille Fife, president of the Westerly Group and former Preservation Plan-ner for the City of Madison; Ron Grimes, archivist with the Jefferson County Historical Society’s Research Archive; Janice Barnes, county historian with the Jefferson County Public Library; and Molly O’Connor with the Jefferson County Recorder’s office.


In April, the workshop, “Get Plastered: Materials & Techniques,” will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Details on the location and speaker are still being confirmed. Plastering walls, as well as creating decorative plaster designs, is a topic homeowners have repeatedly requested.
In May, the workshop will be both lecture and walking tour. “Become a House Detective” will be led by Ron Zmyslo and others from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 10. You will learn what to look for to date buildings, to determine architectural style, spot additions and notice problem areas for restoration. You will get to put your knowledge to work, walking around an historic neighborhood.
There will be no workshops scheduled during Madison’s busy summer season, but they will continue in the fall with “Go Green: Strategies for Your Historic Building” in September; “Life as a Tree: Landscapes in the Historic District” in October; and “Down in the Gutter: Sidewalks, Streets and More” in November. Dates and locations will be announced later.

• For more information, contact the Cornerstone Society, Inc. via email at: info@cornerstonesociety.org.

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