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2014 Preservation Workshops

Discovering Your Neighborhood: Taking an Inventory of Your Historic Neighborhood - Topeka
Saturday, October 11, 2014
9:30 a.m. to Noon

Join Historical Society staff members and members of the Topeka Landmarks Commission for an exciting morning of guerrilla surveying! This hands-on training session will introduce participants to the basics of documenting older neighborhoods. A brief introductory session will explain details to note during a survey, tips on taking photographs, and how to upload information to the Kansas Historic Resources Inventory, an online, map-based public database that aids in planning.

After the information session, participants will break into groups and practice surveying in Topeka’s Elmhurst neighborhood. The survey will cover several blocks, and participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes. A camera or camera phone and notepad and pen/pencil are needed to complete the survey. In the event of bad weather, the entire workshop will be held indoors. For more information, see this link or contact 785-272-8681, ext. 240.


Bob Yapp's Window Restoration Boot Camp - Wichita
October 13-17, 2014
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. all five days

Join Bob Yapp at the Linwood Park Greenhouse, 1700 S. Hydraulic in Wichita for five days of hands-on instruction in all the tricks and trades of restoring historic windows. See the workshop flyer for more information and registration.  Contact Kathy Morgan at the City of Wichita Historic Preservation Office with any questions. She can be reached at kmorgan@wichita.gov or 316-268-4421.


Meet with a Preservation Expert

Do several property owners in your community have questions about preservation programs, like the National Register of Historic Places, tax credits and grants? The State Historic Preservation Office staff is available to meet with property owners or groups upon requested. Call Marsha at 785-272-8681, ext. 240 to schedule an appointment.


Coming in 2015!

Window Restoration and Weatherization Boot Camp - Lecompton
April 6 - 10, 2015
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. all five days

With instruction from restoration expert Bob Yapp, participants can restore and weatherize nine complete, double-hung windows in Constitution Hall State Historic Site at Lecompton, KS.  Learn how to:

  • remove wooden window sashes for repair
  • safely strip old paint and glazing putty
  • repair wooden elements of historic windows

Registration fee of $75 per person provides materials and lunches. Participants will need to provide their own lead-rated, double-filter face mask (purple filters) and gloves. Registration is limited to 18 participants. Contractors and traditional carpenters are encouraged to participate, but registration is open to all.  To register, contact the Cultural Resources Division of the Kansas Historic Society at 785-272-8681, ext. 240; cultural_resources@kshs.org.  

Constitution Hall is located at 319 Elmore, Lecompton. Event supported by a generous grant from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council.