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May 10, 2012

Historic preservation expert will speak in Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE — Ever wondered if that odd-looking vase your great-aunt gave you might actually be valuable? Clark County Museum Inc. has an expert who can help. And after some chili, round out the evening with a presentation by a nationally known expert on historic preservation.

The group is sponsoring a Ballroom to Basements antiques appraisal by Charles “Butch” Miller, of Ohio River Valley Auction and Appraisal, from 5:30 to 6:30 on Tuesday. The event will take place in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church, 222 Walnut St., Jeffersonville. Appraisals are $5 per item, and proceeds benefit the Clark County Museum. Museum members can receive two free appraisals.

Following the antique appraisal, a chili supper will be available at a cost of $5 per person, which includes drinks and dessert.

At 7 p.m. that evening, the Clark County Museum will present Richard Longstreth, the award-winning author of more than a dozen books on historic preservation. Longstreth is the director of Historic Preservation and Professor of American Civilization at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. His lecture, “The Enduring Value of Preservation in Urban Revitalization,” is sponsored by the Indiana University Committee on Historic Preservation’s Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. It is being offered as part of the celebration of National Historic Preservation Month.

Museum board member Carl E. Kramer, director of the Institute for Local and Oral History and adjunct assistant professor of history at Indiana University Southeast said, “I’ve been acquainted with Dr. Longstreth for several years through the Society for American City and Regional and Planning History. He is a leading light in the field of historic preservation and its role in American urban planning, including its application to small cities like Jeffersonville and other local communities. We are indeed fortunate to have a speaker of Dr. Longstreth’s caliber as our National Preservation Month speaker.”

Clark County Museum Inc.’s mission is to work with former, current and future citizens of Clark County to locate, collect and preserve artifacts and stories related to the history of Clark County and its surrounding region. The museum is currently located in Room 408 of the Clark County Courthouse, 501 E. Court Ave., but the organization is working with the Jeffersonville Cultural Resources Council to create an arts center and expanded museum in the former Jeffersonville High School Building No. 4, on Meigs Avenue. More information is available at www.indianapilothouse.org. For more information, call Clark County Museum President Jeanne Burke at 812-256-4685.

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