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Wednesday, May 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 18, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Lewis Auditorium, The Urbana Free Library 
 
May is National Preservation Month and this year’s theme from the National Trust for Historic Preservation is “This Place Matters.”  During the month of May, the Urbana Historic Preservation Commission (UHPC) will present a number of preservation events to shine the spotlight on some of the incredible places in our city.  Included are three lectures at The Urbana Free Library’s Lewis Auditorium. 
 

What Style is It?  Understanding Architectural Styles in Urbana, presented by Alice Novak, Chair, Urbana Historic Preservation Commission, Wednesday, May 11th

 

Good Form: Understanding Vernacular Building Types in Urbana, presented by Alice Novak, Chair, Urbana Historic Preservation Commission,  Wednesday, May 18th

 

The Hidden History of Urbana's Antebellum Houses: Neighborhood Stories and Facts, presented by Stewart Berlocher, Professor, UIUC Department of Entomolgy and, Member, City of Urbana Tree Commission, Wednesday, May 25th

 

You may also wish to join the UHPC for two related walking tours. Meet at the UHPC booth at the Market on the Square at 10:00a.m. on Saturday, May 14th, for a walking tour of  architectural styles in nearby West Urbana Neighborhood and on Saturday, May 21st, for a walking tour on vernacular building types in Historic East Urbana Neighborhood. 

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Thursday, May 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Jean Evans Archives Room, The Urbana Free Library
 
Get hands-on experience with presenter Candace Wilmot in platting land described by metes and bounds, the use of local landmarks to define the boundaries of property. This form of land description was used in the state land states: the 13 original colonies, plus Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Hawaii and Texas are also state land states, but they will not be covered in this class. There will be an introduction to the terminology, followed by several hands-on exercises to be done jointly, with slides to demonstrate the procedures. The workshop is limited to fifteen (15) participants.
 
This workshop is FREE, however, REGISTRATION is required, 217.367.4025 or archives@urbanafree.org
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Saturday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
 
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Lewis Auditorium • The Urbana Free Library
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1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Roselawn Cemetery
 
John Heider, a professional gravestone conservator, will guide individuals on how to properly care for Illinois cemeteries and their historic grave markers. You will gain valuable knowledge on documenting a cemetery, safe cleaning practices, probing for unmarked graves, and repairing and resetting certain types of grave markers. The workshop is limited to twenty (20) participants.

This workshop is FREE, however, REGISTRATION is required, 217.367.4025 or archives@urbanafree.org

 
 

 

 

 

 

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