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May 14, 2011

Preservation month supported locally

Several free events including a walking tour coming up

NEW ALBANY — With May being National Preservation Month, Indiana Landmarks and other local agencies are partnering to provide several events  in Clark and Floyd counties in the coming weeks.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, there will be a window restoration workshop at Shrader Stables, which is located at 118 W. Main St. in New Albany. The free event will feature historic window expert Jack Patchin, and will focus on the superiority of historic wood windows to replacement windows.

Patchin will discuss the basic tools needed to restore, repair and maintain historic wood windows and talk about the energy savings from storm windows as opposed to vinyl replacements.

Patchin works for Ol’ House Experts in Madison, and has more than 30 years experience in restoration. According to Indiana Landmarks, Patchin served on the maintenance crew of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin Taliesin estate for nine years.

Reservations for the workshop are required, and can be made by phone at 812-284-4534, or by e-mail at

Other events

• At 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, the New Albany Historic Preservation Commission  will present its annual Facelift Awards to owners of “outstanding updates and remakes of historic homes and businesses in New Albany.”

The ceremony will be in the third floor Assembly Room of the City-County Building.

• From 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Jeffersonville Public Library, Clark County Historian Jeanne Burke will present “Corner Store Stories” — a program that will focus on the “moms and pops” behind Jeffersonville’s corner stores.

Refreshments will be served at the free event, which is sponsored by Indiana Landmarks.

• At 1 p.m. Saturday, there will be a free tour of New Albany’s Mansion Row Historic District presented by the Floyd County Historical Society, the Floyd Action Network and Develop New Albany.

The tour, which will be hosted by educator Dave Condra, will begin at the Scribner House at the southeast corner of State and Main streets.

• From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 26 at the Jeffersonville Public Library, Clark County Historian Jeanne Burke will lead a presentation titled “Research Your Historic House.”

The event will include tips on how to take advantage of resources and tools to “tell the story of your house and its history.”

• From 10 a.m. to noon on May 28, there will be a tour and open house in the S. Ellen Jones neighborhood in New Albany to give officials a chance to discuss the revitalization effort there that is being footed through a federal stimulus grant.

Thirty-two properties are being refurbished in the neighborhood through the $6.75 million grant.

For more information on National Preservation Month, visit the website

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