Lecture series aims to build knowledge of heritage properties
SUMMERSIDE – Make a list of some of Summerside’s more distinctive features and chances are somewhere on there will be the large number of stately heritage homes lining the city’s streets.
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Forever Home: A Series on Older Houses" organizer 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.
But owning and maintaining those houses, and really any home that’s more than a few decades old, is a big — potentially expensive — job.
Now, a new initiative between Culture Summerside, Holland College and local businesswoman Natalie Hashie, is aiming to give Island homeowners the tools they need to care for their heritage age houses.
“There’s all kinds of information on the Internet, but it’s hard to sift through and it’s hard to ask questions,” said Hashie, a heritage consultant based in Summerside.
Hashie has organized an event she’s calling “Forever Home: A Series on Older Houses.”
It’s a lecture series, plus one hands-on session, with a plethora of information on dealing with a house built pre-1960s.
“This is format where people can come out, listen to the information presented with a wealth of experience and then they have an opportunity to ask questions and their specific properties and their specific circumstances,” said Hashie.
“That’s the greatest advantage of this series, that it is personal and you have that opportunity to share where you’re at and hear where other people are at.”
The three lectures will take place at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre in Summerside.
Titles for each lecture include “Heating an Historic House in a Modern Era” on Oct. 29; “Planning Ahead to Manage Your Home’s Health” on Nov. 5; and “Your House’s ‘Skin’: Wooden Shingle and Clapboard Siding” on Nov. 12.
There will also be a hands-on workshop Nov. 2 at Holland College’s Waterfront Campus in Summerside, which is designed to give homeowners the skills needed to perform basic repairs to wooden windows and doorways.
Speakers for the lectures 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.
There is, however, a cost associated with these events in order to help pay for material and other expenses.
There is also limited seating, so anyone who would like to attend should contact Hashie as soon as possible.
There are only 12 spaces available for the Nov. 2 skills event at Holland College, and about 30 spaces each for the three lectures.
Fred Horne, with Culture Summerside, expects the lectures to be illuminating for everyone involved.
“It’s a great idea,” said Horne.
In particular, he hopes attendees will walk away with a greater sense of putting together a plan for their older home.
“You need to get a handle of what you own as an owner of an older home. Find out its weaknesses, its strengths and characteristics that make it interesting historically,” he said.