Expo Focuses on Preservation

Learn more about preserving your heritage during the New Hampshire Old House & Barn Expo, March 20 and 21, in Manchester.

| February 26, 2010

Presented by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, the New Hampshire Old House & Barn Expo is a one-stop-shopping trade show to help old house and barn owners and enthusiasts with appropriate and affordable solutions. Taking place March 20 and 21, visitors will have a chance to meet face-to-face with knowledgeable suppliers of repair and restoration products and services, and gather valuable ideas from hourly live talks and demonstrations. Energy savings, window repair, and weatherization techniques will be featured. The expo is back by popular demand with new vendors and educational sessions.

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings, communities and landscapes through leadership, education and advocacy.

The expo will be open from 9 to 5 both Saturday and Sunday at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Experts will offer advice on renovation projects, effective maintenance techniques and debunk common myths regarding energy efficiency improvements. "Even in good economic times, homeowners want to know how best to protect and enhance their home values," says Michael Bruss, chairman of the Preservation Alliance and president of Bruss Construction, "and in times like these, it's more important than ever."

Upgraded kitchens and baths can blend old and new elements, and landscape strategies can complement the historic character of a 1790 farmhouse or a 1920s craftsman style home while keeping rain and snow melt from deteriorating foundations, sills and clapboards.

Event sponsors note that this show is for owners of old homes, stewards of civic properties and people who love traditional crafts. "Past Expos have drawn people with homes from 1790 to 1960 or have an even newer house but enjoy woodworking and textile arts, stone walls, or Arts and Crafts design," says Sue Booth, Preservation Alliance board member and owner of Vintage Kitchens. Booth notes that in her business and in her volunteer work for the Alliance she welcomes opportunities to help people understand the history of their homes or communities, and match passions to practical solutions.

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