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Annual expo, seminar are 'one-stop preservation shop'

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
April 28, 2008
— The Historic Preservation Expo and Seminar on Saturday will be a “one-stop preservation shop,” said Rich Fletcher, chairman of the Janesville Historic Commission.

“We have a seminar annually where we typically have guest speakers. But this year we’re having an expo with vendors and organizations,” he said.


Represented will be the historic commission, Downtown Development Alliance, Rock County Historical Society, Marling Lumber, Al Beyers heating and cooling, Beneficial Insulation Solutions, Noble Home Performance, Wisconsin Historical Society and the Janesville Design and Development Center.


“These vendors will have informational tables so if people want to stop in, only if they have five or 10 minutes, they can and get that information,” Fletcher said.


After a half-hour registration and coffee, Fletcher will give a presentation about the commission, which advises the city manager and city council on historic matters.


Featured speakers, from 10 a.m. to noon, are:


-- Jim Sewell, senior preservation architect at the Wisconsin Historical Society, who will give a slide presentation of dos and don’ts, “10 Great Ways to Mess up Your Historic Building.”


-- Cliff Wakerfield and Wes Noble will present “Your Energy Efficient Historic Home.”


-- Joe DeRose, survey and registration historian at the Wisconsin Historical Society, will address “How to Research Your Historic Home.”


“These are the topics and issues that typically come up to our commission on a regular basis and this is one way to address them once a year,” Fletcher said.


“The goal is education,” he said.


Although everyone is welcome, the seminar would be of particular interest to homeowners in the historic districts of Janesville and business or building owners downtown, Fletcher said.


No fee or advance registration is necessary, he said.


“We just do it as a public service.”


IF YOU GO

Who: Janesville Historic Commission.


What: Historic Preservation Expo and Seminar.


When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday.


Where: Olde Towne Mall, 20 S. Main, downtown Janesville.


Cost: Free. No registration required.



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