January 28, 2021
Noon to 1 p.m. EST
It’s the Real Thing
Celebrate the opening of Hendricks Commercial Properties’ new Bottleworks District in Indianapolis during a virtual talk about restoration of the former Coca-Cola bottling plant’s radiant terra cotta facades. Emily Byl of ARSEE Engineers will discuss the creative methods artisans used to match and repair historic terra cotta and the difficulties crews had to overcome to restore an iconic Indianapolis landmark. AIA Continuing Education Credits pending.
Register at preservinghistoricplaces.regfox.com/bottleworks
November 19, 2020
Digging Up the Underground Railroad
Participants in the Underground Railroad (1835-1865) faced significant risks because they were breaking the law. As a result, this widespread and clandestine network is underreported in the literature. Yet material traces of Underground Railroad activity can be located through the systematic efforts and discerning tactics of historical archaeologists. Dr. Michael Nassaney of Western Michigan University highlights how his team of archaeologists identified evidence of the Underground Railroad in southwest Michigan and the routes of their arrival from the Hoosier State and beyond.
October 29, 2020
Our Fair House
Ambitious, optimistic, passionate, crazy — all terms that have been used to describe restorers of Beverly Shores’ famed Century of Progress houses, moved to Indiana by barge after the conclusion of the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Join Todd Zeiger, Indiana Landmarks Northern Regional Office director, for a conversation with lessees Bill and Lisa Beatty of the Florida Tropical House, and Ross Gambril of the Rostone House as they share the laughs and headaches endured converting temporary show houses into weekend retreats. Discover the motivation it takes to pour money into a National Park Service property you don’t own and what you do when tourists make themselves at home on your rooftop patio.
September 24, 2020
A Shot in the Arm for Main Street
Following a year of evaluation—and months of quarantine—Indiana Main Street Council and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs will announce an improved Main Street program in November 2020 that will add value for new and existing community members. Join Jackie Swihart for a preview of program improvements including that will better support Indiana participants; OCRA’s new Main Street goals; and recent initiatives aimed at supporting local Main Street programs.
Steve Szaday, housing inspector with the City of South Bend offers his suggestions on dealing with the five stages of code enforcement during the pandemic: denial, anger, bargaining, empathy, and hope.
July 30, 2020
Russ Carnahan, president of national grassroots lobbying group Preservation Action, and Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks, share the latest in historic preservation legislation and answer your questions about federal and state legislative issues.
July 9, 2020
The Mod Squad
Archivists Jordan Ryan and Maire Gurevitz give a virtual talk diving into the cool Mid-Century Modern collections of the William Henry Smith Library at the Indiana Historical Society. Using the collections of the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Family, Woollen, Molzan, and Partners, and Avriel Shull, they consider the ways in which modern architecture is inherently Midwestern and how our culture may have influenced a propensity for modernistic projects in Central Indiana. Who knew Hoosiers were so hip?