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This is the first of what I hope to be regular emails, intended to keep members (and prospective members) in the loop about Preserve Historic La Porte activities, and preservation-related topics of interest. Your input and feedback is encouraged, but please contact me directly rather than through reply-all emails. I would also be grateful if folks would send items of interest and links that I can pass on.

Elections

At our February meeting, we approved an officer slate for 2023. The current officers have all agreed to serve for another year in their positions.Ballots were sent out by email to the general membership and we’ll tabulate results at the the next meeting.  This is a great group of officers and I’m glad to be working with all of them. We have good momentum from last year and look forward to achieving some of our long-term goals in 2023, especially a new website launch and the return of the Candlelight Tour.

2023 Programs and Workshops

Claudia Winter recently agreed to be our Program Director and is working on organizing 3-4 presentations and/or workshops for the coming year. Programs could be held in conjunction with our monthly meeting, or scheduled for a separate date. Workshops would be open to none-members, with registration in advance. This might be a good way of attracting new members. Some topic suggestions are:

  • Window restoration
  • Wallpaper (application, removal, preservation, selection)
  • How to research your home’s history
  • Historic gardens and landscaping
  • Historical paint and finishes
  • Door and lockset restoration workshop
  • Tours of members’ homes (on-site)
  • Member’s presentation of their home restoration project(s) (on-site or with slides at our meeting location)
  • Library Annex tour

Ideas will be discussed at the March meeting for selection and scheduling. If anyone would be interested in presenting or hosting an event, this would be the time to float it. Please come with any ideas of your own or email Claudia:  Winter.Claudia@frontier.com

Website

The website is currently under development, with the goal of launching by end-of-March. Thank you to those that have volunteered to help with content! If you’ve not already done so, please try to get your copy and images wrapped up and to Ela or me by Monday (3/20) so we can forward the material to the website developer. We hope that an up-to-date, compelling website will also be instrumental in generating renewed interest in PHLP and help us build membership.

2023 Candlelight Tour

Pam Ruminski has agreed to chair the 2023 Candlelight Tour and already has some houses lined up— although we’re still looking for more. The current list of confirmed homes is:

Others are in the works. Also, we are hoping to include the County Building on this year’s tour. If you or someone you know would be interested in opening their home for the 2023 Candlelight, please contact Pam Ruminski: p_ruminski@yahoo.com

Other items of interest

Coming up, Indiana Landmarks is presenting a series of Trades Training Workshops, starting with Restoration of Wood Windows, April 5th in South Bend. PHLP member Carol Kimball has a passion for restoring historic windows and sends in this link: 100 Year Window.

An article appeared recently in The Washington Post that highlights how seriously folks in England take preservation: Developers demolished a historic pub. They must rebuild from the rubble.

Lastly, Laura and Thaddeus Cutler contacted me to say they have a pair of pocket doors, looking for a new home. They’d planned to use them in their 1890s building but as-happens, plans changed. The doors measure 100” x 36” (ea) and according to Laura are HEAVY. If you’re interested, contact Laura directly at: 219-608-8815, or by email: laura@thaddeusc.com. They were listed on FB Marketplace at $500 for the pair, but Laura says they’re open to offers.

That’s all for this one. Hope to see many of you at our next meeting, 3/28/23, at 6:00 at the Healthcare Foundation, 140 E Shore Pkwy, La Porte. If you haven’t attended a meeting in a while, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The Healthcare Foundation is a beautiful facility and they make their space available for our meetings at no charge.

Cheers!

-Mark

Mark Kurth

President, Preserve Historic La Porte

PO Box 853, La Porte, IN 46352

773-315-6667