Lecture Series, Forever Home: A Series on Older Houses, tackles the challenges of owning an older home

"Forever Home: A Series on Older Houses" organiser Natalie Hashie poses with presenter Josh Silver (left), Learning Manager of the Heritage Retrofit Carpentry Program at Holland College, and Fred Horne (right) of Culture Summerside. The series of three lectures and a workshop geared towards owners of pre-1960 houses will be hosted at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre and the Waterfront Campus of Holland College in late October and early November

“Forever Home: A Series on Older Houses” organiser Natalie Hashie poses with presenter Josh Silver (left), Learning Manager of the Heritage Retrofit Carpentry Program at Holland College, and Fred Horne (right) of Culture Summerside. The series of three lectures and a workshop geared towards owners of pre-1960 houses will be hosted at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre and the Waterfront Campus of Holland College in late October and early November

Heritage Consultant Natalie Hashie, Holland College and Culture Summerside hope to help owners of historic homes take a chunk out of their heating bill this winter.
Energy efficiency is just one of the topics scheduled for “Forever Home: A Series on Older Houses”, a series of lectures and a workshop designed to address the challenges that owners of homes built prior to 1960 face with their older houses.
Three lectures at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre in Summerside address “Heating an Historic House in a Modern Era” (October 29), “Planning Ahead to Manage Your Home’s Health” (November 5) and “Your House’s ‘Skin’: Wooden Shingle and Clapboard Siding” (November 12).
A hands-on workshop on November 2nd at Holland College’s Waterfront Campus in Summerside is designed to give homeowners the skills needed to perform basic repairs to wooden windows and doorways.
Speakers include instructors from Holland College’s Carpentry, Heritage Retrofit Carpentry and Energy Systems Engineering Technology programs, and contractor Trevor Young of Trevor Young Carpentry Services Inc.
Organiser Natalie Hashie, who operates a heritage consulting firm on the Island, is excited to host this event. “Historic houses are an integral part of our streetscapes on Prince Edward Island. Our goal is to reach homeowners with the information they need to make their homes’ needs manageable and cost effective.”
Fred Horne of Culture Summerside says part of their mandate is encouraging architectural preservation in Summerside and Holland College is an obvious fit as a partner for this series.
“As the cost of home heating rises, the first properties to be abandoned will be large, older homes,” says Josh Silver, Learning Manager of the Heritage Retrofit Carpentry Program at Holland College. “We can make these homes energy efficient and comfortable and preserve them for the future.”
As space is limited, registration is required for these events. For more information, people can visit http://foreverhomeseries.eventbrite.ca/ or contact Natalie at 1-888-613-5597.

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