2012 Lecture series

Holyoke Restoration Guild presents new lecture series on various topics in restoration and historic preservation.

COMING UP!

Saturday, October 20- 11:00-

The Care, Maintenance and Conservation of Stained Glass Windows by Roberto Rosa of Serpentino Stained Glass, Inc of Needham, MA

Read details about the Lecture here

free admission, donations accepted

Location: GATEWAY CITY ARTS, 92 Race Street, Holyoke Mass. http://www.gatewaycityarts.com
contact Vitek at 413 539 0385

Saturday, December 1, 2012- 11:00

Energy Efficiency and Historic Preservation: Weighting Risks and Opportunities

By Sally Zimmerman from Lexington, MA.

free admission, donations accepted

Location: GATEWAY CITY ARTS, 92 Race Street, Holyoke Mass. http://www.gatewaycityarts.com
contact Vitek at 413 539 0385

Read details about the Lecture here

Saturday, January 26, 2013- 11:00

Introduction of Restoration Art, Antiques and Historic Murals, Frescoes and decorative paintings in three steps.

By Vitek Kruta of VK Restoration from Holyoke, MA.

Read details about the Lecture here

free admission, donations accepted

Location: GATEWAY CITY ARTS, 92 Race Street, Holyoke Mass. http://www.gatewaycityarts.com
contact Vitek at 413 539 0385

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Historic Preservation means business

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation released a new report that establishes historic preservation’s substantial contributions to economic activity and recommends a course of action for better understanding those contributions. The report proposes new approaches to five economic measures of preservation: jobs and household income, property values, heritage tourism, environmental measurements, and downtown revitalization. It was completed in a partnership between PlaceEconomics and the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.

The report asserts preservation’s importance and diverse roles:

Historic preservation has become a fundamental tool for strengthening American communities. It has proven to be an effective tool for a wide range of public goals including small business incubation, affordable housing, sustainable development, neighborhood stabilization, center city revitalization, job creation, promotion of the arts and culture, small town renewal, heritage tourism, economic development, and others. It was to better understand the economic roles and impact of historic preservation that this study was commissioned.

Researchers undertook an extensive literature review and conducted interviews with 28 experts. An international symposium focused on preservation economics convened leading thinkers, scholars, and professional practitioners. The resulting report provides detailed analysis of existing methods used to gauge preservation’s economic impact and proposes new methodologies to capture the full range of economic benefits.

A summary report highlighting useful statistics on jobs, property values, heritage tourism, and other fields is available here. The full report can be downloaded here.

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Historic Church Threatened

The Mater Dolorosa Church on Lyman St has been closed  by the Catholic church.

A year ago the Church said that the steeple was in need of immediate costly repairs.

A recent engineering report says that the building is structurally safe and sound.

Please contact the Holyoke Historic Commision to find out more.

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Fall 2012 Historic Restoration Workshops

The Holyoke Restoration Guild and Gateway City Arts are working to schedule Fall workshops on various aspects of historic restoration. The workshops will take place in Oct and Nov. 2012 . Dates to be announced.

Let us know if some of the following workshops are of interest to you: 1. Care of your stained glass windows 2. Stone and brick repair 3. Spirit encounters in your home and your building 4.Slate roof repair 5. Furniture restoration 6. Winterizing your historic home 7. Historic homes in holyoke

Please contact Vitek or Olivia for more information

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Looking for Writers, Historians and enthusiasts

Hallo, we are looking for people who are passionate about Holyoke’s history and like to share stories or old pictures on our website or blog.Also anyone who likes to research history and help us to gather information about specific projects and properties featured on our website is welcome.

help us to reveal the rich history of Holyoke and educate and communicate culture.

Thanks

Vitek

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