RALEIGH, NC April 25, 2013 — May is National Historic Preservation Month and the State Capitol is marking the occasion by hosting a Historic Preservation Day on Saturday, May 4. The free event will offer advice to homeowners on preserving historic properties and will take place on southeast grounds of the Capitol and in the old House Chamber from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sponsored by Edgecombe Community College’s Historic Preservation Technology program, college instructors will demonstrate hands-on skills used in the preservation of historic structures. Throughout the day, visitors can see demonstrations featuring historic woodworking tools and carpentry and learn the best methods to weatherize old homes. They can also get advice on how to handle common issues in historic structures, especially for problem areas like roofs and windows.
At 1 p.m., Historic Preservation Technology Program Coordinator Monika Fleming will give a lecture in the House Chamber highlighting the variety of architectural styles found in Victorian-era homes across North Carolina.
The State Capitol’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture and functions of the 1840 building and Union Square. The Capitol is bounded by Edenton, Salisbury, Morgan and Wilmington Streets. For more information, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/capitol or call (919) 733-4994.
The State Capitol is a unit of N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.