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PRESERVATION MONTH EVENTS 2014

Sunday, May 4
/ Floyd County Historical Society brunch

This annual fundraising brunch helps support the operations of the Floyd County Historical Society’s Padgett Museum. $15/person
Time:11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Padgett Museum, 509 West Market Street
Sponsor:Floyd County Historical Society Auxiliary
 
Wednesday, May 7 / The Scribner House: New Albany’s Homeplace
Learn about the fascinating history of the Scribner House, built by one of New Albany’s founding fathers and celebrating its 200th birthday in 2014. Also learn about the ongoing restoration work occurring there, including major projects that will be occurring in the upcoming year. The evening will conclude with refreshments and a tour of the house.
Time:6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location:YMCA multipurpose room, 33 State Street, New Albany
Sponsors:Piankeshaw Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; Floyd County Historical Society; New Albany Historic Preservation Commission
 
Wednesday, May 14 / Floyd County Archaeology: Breaking New Ground
Presenters:Christopher Moore and Rebecca Van Sessen, University of Indianapolis
In preparation for an archaeological survey they will be undertaking of Floyd County, the speakers provide some background on the science of archaeology and how archaeology can be used to understand the past. They will describe what we currently know about Floyd County archaeology and highlight the major gaps in our knowledge, emphasizing the community's involvement to date and provide some details as to where they will be surveying and what they hope to find.
Time:6:00 to 8:30 PM
Location:Strassweg Auditorium, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 West Spring Street, New Albany
Sponsors:Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society, New Albany Historic Preservation Commission
 
Saturday, May 17 / Division Street School archaeological dig
Under the guidance of the Falls of the Archaeological Society, volunteers are invited to learn the basics of archaeology and participate in a dig on the grounds of Division Street School, used as a school from 1885-1946. Volunteers should bring water, sunscreen and a hat, and children must have adult supervision present. Tools will be provided.
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Division Street School, 1800 Conservative Street, New Albany
Sponsors: Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society, Friends of Division Street School
 
Wednesday, May 21/ New Albany Historic Preservation Commission’s Facelift Awards
Join the Preservation Commission for a reception and the presentation of the annual Facelift Awards, recognizing outstanding rehabilitation and preservation projects within the city. A regular meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission follows at 7 PM and is open to the public.
Time:6:00 PM
Location:Third floor Assembly Room, City-County Building, 311 Hauss Square, New Albany
Sponsor:City of New Albany, New Albany Historic Preservation Commission
 
Saturday, May 24 / Scribner House Tours
Take a tour of the oldest surviving building in New Albany, the 1814 home of city father Joel Scribner. The home has been meticulously cared for and operated as a museum by the Daughters of the American Revolution for almost a century, and celebrates its bicentennial this year.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
Location:Southeast corner State and Main streets.
Sponsors:Piankeshaw Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; Floyd County Historical Society
 
Saturday, May 24 / Mansion Row walking tour
Presenter: Dave Condra
The longtime, unofficial historian Mansion Row historian will lead a walking tour of New Albany’s most illustrious neighborhood. The East Main Street district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and contains and a rich variety of homes dating from the mid-nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries.
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 PM 
Location:meet in front of the Scribner House, southeast corner State and Main streets.
Sponsors:Floyd County Historical Society; Main Street Preservation Association; New Albany Historic Preservation Commission
 
Tuesday, May 27 / Town Clock Church: New Albany’s Symbol of Freedom
Presenters:Pam Peters, Alice Miles, Irv Stumler – Friends of the Town Clock Church, Inc.
At the regular monthly meeting of the Floyd County Historical Society, learn about the fascinating history of New Albany’s Second Baptist Church and its role in the Underground Railroad. The speakers will also discuss the ongoing restoration work being done on the church, and how the public can assist with the project.
Time:7:00 PM 
Location:Strassweg Auditorium, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 West Spring Street, New Albany
Sponsors:Floyd County Historical Society; Friends of the Town Clock Church, Inc.
 
Thursday, May 29 / Pizza and Preservation: Unlock the History of your Historic Home
Meet in the Strassweg Auditorium for pizza and introduction to how to date, research, and identify your home’s past.  From there, you go to the Indiana Room to research your own property. Designed for homeowners of historic property and anyone interested in history of property in their communities or neighborhoods, you learn the most efficient steps through the research process and the best resources for finding what you want to know.
Presenters: Dave Barksdale, Floyd County Historian
Time:6:00 to 8:30 PM
Registration required: Limited to 20 participants. Contact 812/284-4534 or south@indianalandmarks.org to reserve a space.
Location:New Albany Floyd County Public Library, 180 West Spring Street, New Albany
Sponsors:Floyd County Historical Society; New Albany-Floyd County Public Library




NATIONAL PRESERVATION MONTH EVENTS IN NEW ALBANY - 2013

May 5 - Floyd County Historical Society brunch

$15/person, to benefit the Padgett Museum

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Padgett Museum, 509 West Market Street

Sponsored by the Floyd County Historical Society Auxilary


May 9 - Second Baptist Church: A Community Treasure Under Restoration

Learn about the history of the Second Baptist Church and its role in the Underground Railroad, as well as the ongoing restoration project there. The evening will conclude with a tour of the church, including the basement.

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Second Baptist Church, 300 East Spring Street

Sponsored by Second Baptist Church, Friends of the Town Clock Church, Inc., Develop New Albany, New Albany Historic Preservation Commission


May 11 - Division Street School archaeological dig

Join the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society in their search to uncover the hidden history at Division Street School. Adults and children are welcome; children under high school age must have adult supervision present.

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Division Street School, 1800 Conservative Street

Sponsored by Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society, Friends of Division Street School


May 14 - Pizza and Preservation: Energy Conservation and Your Historic Home: It's not the 1970s Anymore

Join Ron Zmyslo of Preserve Restore Maintain Indiana for a discussion on how to understand how your home really uses energy, and what the best conservation measures to invest in are.

6:00 - 8:30 PM

PC Home Center, 123 Cherry Street

Reservation required - call 812/284-4534 or email south@indianalandmarks.org


May 15 - Facelift Awards and regular meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission

Join the Preservation Commission for a reception and the presentation of their annual Facelift Awards, recognizing outstanding preservation and rehabilitation projects throughout the city. A regular meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission follows at 7 PM, and is open to the public

6:00 PM


Third Floor Assembly Room, City-County Building, 311 Hauss Square
 

May 16 - These Are the Good Old Days book signing

Author signing for the new book discussing the role of Stephen Day and Sons Carpenters and Contractors had in building New Albany.

6:00 - 8:00 PM

River City Winery, 321 Pearl Street

 

May 18 - New Albany Highland Railway Line Tour and Historic Marker Dedication

Take a self-guided, one mile loop tour of the former Silver Hills Trolley streetcar line. A marker explaining the rail line's role in the development of Silver Hills will also be unveiled.

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (tour), 4:30 PM (marker dedication)

For tour, register at West 8th and West Spring Streets; for dedication, 411 Highland Avenue

Sponsored by Silver Hills Historical Society


May 21 - Pizza and Preservation - Unlock the History of Your Home

Dave Barksdale, Floyd County Historian; Lois Endris, Floyd County Recorder; Nancy Strickland, Indiana Room librarian

6:00 - 8:30 PM

New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 West Spring Street

Reservation required - call 812/284-4534 or e-mail south@indianalandmarks.org 
 

May 23 - The Many Layers of Historic Preservation

Christina Pfau of Peacock Preservation will help unravel the complexities of different types of historic designation, and what they mean to a property owner. Refreshments will be served.

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Pepin House, 1003 East Main Street

Reservation required - call 812/284-4534 or email south@indianalandmarks.org

 

May 25 - Scribner House Tours

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Scribner House, southeast corner State and Main streets



May 25 - Mansion Row Walking Tour

Dave Condra

1:00 - 3:00 PM

meet in front of the Scribner House, southeast corner State and Main streets



June 1-2 - Culbertson Mansion Open House

The Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site hosts a Community Open House: for just $2/adult and $1/child, guests may take a self-guided tour of the Mansion and its grounds, with docents on hand to discuss Culbertson family history.

1:00 - 5:00 PM

Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site, 914 East Main Street


 


Appearing Monday, February 27, 2006: 

History for sale
Old New Albany properties offer modern appeal


By Chris Poynter 
mailto:cpoynter@courier-journal.com
The Courier-Journal

There's a historic 1900s firehouse, renovated into a contemporary loft-style home, the fireman's pole still intact. Price: $189,000.

Or, how about a 1926 bungalow with hardwood floors and original metal sconces? A skeleton key opens the front door. Price: $114,900.

 


"Everything you see here, we've
done," said seller George Riggle,
who has made improvements to
his 1850s Federal home. (Photo
by Sam Upshaw Jr.,
The Courier-Journal)


Or, the Federal-style Capt. Solomon Malbon House on Main Street that has been rehabbed and includes an in-ground pool: $224,900.

"We want people who will take care of these buildings and cherish them," said Greg Sekula, director of the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana.

        Sekula, along with historic preservation advocates and neighborhood leaders, have launched a Web site -- http://www.historicnewalbany.com/ -- that boasts of their city's architectural gems. The city hopes to attract buyers from Louisville and elsewhere who are looking for a bargain.

The Web site contains an inventory of historic homes and commercial buildings for sale. Each property, in turn, has a history, including former owners, a description of its architectural style and details, and interior and exterior photos.

David Barksdale, a historian and teacher at Silver Creek Middle School, voluntarily culls through old city directories and courthouse records to write the histories, at no cost to the homes' sellers or Realtors.

"We want to get the word out," said Sekula, who started a similar program when he worked in historic preservation in St. Joseph, Mo. "Today, more than ever, communities are having to be savvy about marketing their assets."

The background for one home on the Web site, priced at $124,900 and located on East Main Street, describes the former owner, Frank Edwards, as "a broadcaster during the pioneer days of radio. … He also wrote extensively on Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), authoring six books on the subject."

Another property, a commercial building on East Main priced at $50,000, once contained a salon that, during Prohibition, "started serving soft drinks and manufacturing cigars," the history shows.

       Sekula believes the Web site, launched in December, will showcase New Albany to people in Kentucky who are reluctant to cross the Ohio River to visit the town, a 15-minute drive from downtown Louisville.

New Albany, population 37,600, had a median home sales price of $105,000 at the end of January, according to the Southern Indiana Realtors Association. In Louisville, for the same period, the median sales price was $132,000, according to the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors.

       Sekula, who lives in a Victorian home in New Albany, said he believes his city's architectural treasures can draw Louisville buyers because of the prices, along with the charm of a small town.

Standing inside a 1926 bungalow for sale, Sekula, along with real-estate agent Mary McRae, pointed out building details of yesteryear: strip oak flooring, a slot mailbox, the skeleton key.

"I just think this house is gorgeous," Sekula said.

       McRae said the Web site is ideal for advertising homes because it gives buyers a history -- and it costs sellers nothing.

When Realtors write property descriptions to post on the Multiple Listing Service, the property database, there is limited room to describe a house. Now, McRae said, she can send potential buyers to http://www.historicnewalbany.com/.

George Riggle, who is selling his 1850s Federal home, said he and his partner, Kevin Ashabranner, spent eight years restoring the clapboard house to its former splendor. But, Riggle said, as they age they need a one-story house with no steps.

"Everything you see here, we've done," Riggle said, showing off the 3,100-square-foot, two-story house with a full attic.

      Barksdale, the historian, said he hopes the Web site will entice people to consider moving to his town.

"New Albany is just filled with historic buildings," he said.

Reporter Chris Poynter can be reached at (502) 582-4475.
 


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