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HERITAGE MATTERS: Conversations in Conservation

Session #1 – Understanding Heritage: Your Guide to Conservation – Tuesday, Oct. 24 | 6:30pm-8:30pm

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Join us for an introduction to the principles of heritage conservation with Marina Smirnova, Heritage Planner for the Town of Cobourg. This session has broad relevance for owners of heritage properties, real estate and construction professionals, and the interested public. Important topics include the importance of heritage conservation and its positive impact on communities, and the designation process and what it means for owners of heritage properties.

Session #2 – Heritage Building Blocks (Part 1): Stones, Bricks, and Mortar – Tuesday, Nov. 7 | 6:30pm-8:30pm

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Learn about the art and science of heritage masonry with Chris Boot from Historic Brick Company and Daniel Arellano from Arcana Restoration.

Many historic buildings are constructed with limestone, clay brick, stone, and similar materials. Understanding their unique properties is essential for the preservation of these valuable heritage resources. In this session, you’ll gain valuable insights into the world of heritage masonry restoration and learn about the particular needs of historic masonry and best practices for restoration, including appropriate materials and methods.

Session #3 – Heritage Building Blocks (Part 2): A Hands-on Guide to Heritage Materials – Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 6:30pm-8:30pm

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Dive into the world of heritage materials with Tom Plue from SkyHigh Restoration. In this interactive session, you’ll gain an understanding of traditional building materials, including wood, stone, brick, and mortars. Learn how to assess their condition, select compatible materials for repairs, and ensure their longevity while preserving their historical value. Join us for hands-on experiences and the chance to interact with material samples, bringing heritage conservation to life.

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